November 20, 2011

The Purple Crumpet Fairy Challenge: Birthstone Mani


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I am late in posting this, so my apologies. I'm really busy during the week and come home well after the sun is down, so it takes a lot of the fun out of taking nail photos. However, this post is finally here and I'm excited to share it with you! My birthday is in December, so my birthstone is turquoise. I wasn't a fan of it when I was younger; I liked the color, but it didn't seem nearly as pretty as the shiny gems. These pictures of veined bisbee turquoise served as my inspiration:


My first thought was to try doing a splatter mani (using this tutorial), but it didn't really work for me the way I had planned. I would dip, blow, and then nothing...OR just globs would come out. The end result is reasonably realistic, though, and I'm loving it because those giant globs look just right! I used Color Club Snakeskin as my silvery-gold base color (which I forgot to take a picture of because I was so excited to splatter), then Color Club New Bohemian for my turquoise. On my ring finger, I tried using China Glaze Crushed Candy (crackle) to see which method looks better. 


I'm still undecided, which method is your favorite - the globs, or the crackle on my ring finger? I think they're both beautiful in their own way! Thanks so much for reading

13 comments:

  1. I like the crackle. I didn't know there was such a thing for nail polish.
    Ann

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  2. Definitely love the blobs better! So much more realistic looking!

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  3. I really like the globs, there is something about the crackle that just doesn't appeal to me for the look you're trying to accomplish.

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  4. Whoaaaa very cool! I think you were on point with the blobs (:

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  5. The blobs look more like turquoise, but they are both lovely. I'm saving this post in my inspiration folder!!

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  6. Thank you so much, y'all! I'd say the blobs win it!

    I'm really bummed because all of these slid off in sheets last night and I had icky bare nails for school today, not to mention I lost all that work. Oh well! Another excuse to paint my nails :)

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  7. I really like how you alternated between blobs and one crackle, actually, because it reminds me of how in the natural rock there are more veins in some places than in others!

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  8. I love the blobs a lot more than the crackle. It actually looks like the stone!

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  9. The silvery-gold color of Color Club Snakeskin coordinated beautifully with Birthstone Mani. Birthstones can strongly affect one's character. As a matter of fact, I've been collecting pearls from different beaches ever since I found out that it is my birthstone.

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  10. Pretty!! Idk if you know, but December babies have several birthstones! We have turquoise, blue topaz, and tanzanite! Just in case you ever wanted something sparkly in your birthstone. :) PS- I like the blobs most!

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  11. Pretty!! Idk if you know, but December babies have several birthstones! We have turquoise, blue topaz, and tanzanite! Just in case you ever wanted something sparkly in your birthstone. :) PS- I like the blobs most!

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  12. Another way someone has done this is with the water marble technique. You just have to spray in water to break up the paint. I'm going to try it soon!

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