November 5, 2013

Freehand Rutilated Quartz Nail Art

Continuing with this week's theme of rocks & minerals today I have some freehand rutilated quartz nail art to share with you! Laurie of Dressed Up Digits chose this fabulous theme and as I was reading her first post of the week I was also looking up some of the different rocks she mentioned, like rutilated quartz. HOLY WOW is rutilated quartz amazingly pretty!!! Rutilated quartz is quartz that has delicate and beautiful 'needles' of rutile, a mineral composed mainly of titanium dioxide. Rutile seems to come mostly in shades of red-brown and sometimes yellow, and synthetic rutile can be made in almost any color. It sort of blows my mind how pretty and delicate rutilated quartz is, especially photos of quartz with bundles of rutile needles just sticking out of it (see the photo here)! Anyhoo, check out my nails!

Manicurity | Freehand Rutilated Quartz Nail Art

Manicurity | Freehand Rutilated Quartz Nail Art

Manicurity | Freehand Rutilated Quartz Nail Art

Manicurity | Freehand Rutilated Quartz Nail Art

In an attempt to replicate the beautiful depth of rutile needles suspended in clear, polished quartz I tried the 'pond manicure' approach, but using mostly lots and lots (and lots) of clear coat and no colored jelly polishes. Using two different sizes of striper brushes, I did random strokes in one color, then layered on two coats of top coat before moving on to random strokes in a different color. All in all I used three different shades - Color Club Almost Famous (yellow creme), Essence Nude It! (nude creme, old style bottle), and Color Club Rad Nomad (it's that sheer, weirdly fab, smokey purply-taupe color, but mine is unlabeled from Ross and hence I am approximately 95% sure it's Rad Nomad). I did 5 layers of stripes - yellow, nude, brownish, yellow, nude.

Ultimately, I feel pretty happy with these. I don't think they are as pretty as some of the images of rutilated quartz that I've seen because I did an overload of stripes and they aren't nearly as dainty in size as they should be. However, I am in love with the 'technique' and I will definitely be doing it again! It's like the 'abstract brushstroke mani', but in a much smaller scale of brush strokes. They do read a little bit as straw/woven basket to me, but Boyfriend assures me that "They totally do not!" for him, so hooray.

Don't forget to check out the other rocks + minerals nail art for the week below!


11 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous! I absolutely love them. Also: I don't see the straw basket either, so don't worry :)

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    1. Ahhh yay! Thank you so much!! I guess just the pops of yellow really screamed "cartoony straw basket" to me for some reason :P

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  2. Awesome! Not an easy goal and you nailed-it! :)

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  3. This is so pretty! I'm a geologist so of course I like it :)

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  4. I have been loving the looks you've been creating! Love it!

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  5. These are so cool! I like your idea of using the Pond manicure but with clear coat. I might have to try this! (:

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