June 11, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen: Mokume-gane Nail Art

 Nothing to Disclose

Moving right along with June's Digit-al Dozen theme of 'metal' today I have some nail art inspired by a beautiful mixed metal forging technique originating in 17th-century Japan! Not to get your hopes up but I am not a sword collector; I [of course] found out about the mokume-gane technique used for jewelry while browsing for hours on Pinterest (follow me here!). I knew that the mokume-gane look would be easy and fun to recreate as nail art, so here we are! Check it out!

The Digit-al Dozen: Mokume-gane Nail Art - looks like chrome camo nails or metallic wood grain nails | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen: Mokume-gane Nail Art - looks like chrome camo nails or metallic wood grain nails | Manicurity.com

The Design

Have you done a camo print manicure before? Basically, it's a bunch of lumpy squiggles in different colors 'drawn' on your nails with dotting tools. And that's exactly what I did to achieve this look!! It's so easy but the results are stunning - i.e. my favorite kind of nail art. I did my colors sort of backwards, working from silver to copper to gold on top of my off-silver base. The blobby squiggles definitely get the 'wood grain metal' look of mokume-gane across :D Finally I added some rhinestones at the base of each nail for fun.

The Digit-al Dozen: Mokume-gane Nail Art - looks like chrome camo nails or metallic wood grain nails | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen: Mokume-gane Nail Art - looks like chrome camo nails or metallic wood grain nails | Manicurity.com

The Polishes

First things first I did a base color - 3 coats of an ancient Sally Hansen Chrome in 'Copper Chrome' from the 'Chrome Nail Makeup' line. This polish isn't very saturated anymore, but it made a nice subtle base for the mokume-gane pattern! Then I used my trusty Essie Mirror Metallic polishes in No Place Like Chrome, Good as Gold, and Penny Talk to complete the blobby pattern.

Now check out the other designs for today below!!



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7 comments:

  1. I've never heard of mokume-gane before, but it's just stunning on your nails! I'll have to go spend a few hours on pinterest now...

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  2. Awesome nails! They look so cool. Never heard of Mokume-gane before too.

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  3. I love the subtle details that really show up when you get close.

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  4. Wow I love this! Stones at the base of each nail is one of my fav looks!

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  5. i really love this - i bet it looked even more spectacular in person x

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  6. These are so beautiful! Very graceful looking!

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