17 Apr 2014

The Digit-al Dozen does Texture Day 4 - Gemstone Nails

Hello everyone! Another wholly impractical mani for you today as part of Texture week with The Digi-al Dozen! Those of you that know me know that I also make jewellery. I closed my business before I had my daughter as there was no way I could balance all that work with a baby and now its mostly a hobby, but the occasional piece makes it on to Etsy with the nails and other bits and pieces. Anyway, as a result I have cases full of gems and beads. I was joking with Alessandra (The Sparkle Queen) back in January that I should mix it up with the nails and now that time has come!


I went through looking for the smallest chips and settled on some Iolite (one of my favourites because of its lovely violet blue colour. After the denim debacle I couldn't face gluing them to five nails so settled instead for two and created a skittlette. 

All the nails were painted with a base of Sinful Colors Glass Pink. I added a layer of nail glue and added the Iolite chips to my middle and ring fingers. I had to place a couple with tweezers to fill gaps, but for the most part they adhered really well! I added a coat of Color Club Covered in Diamonds to the index finger as the large holo flakes added to the gem effect. For the thumb and little finger, I used a ton of striping tape to create a triangular pattern (again similar to the Iolite effect) and filled in the sections with Nail Essentials Silver Shimmer, Barry M Gelly Picky Pear and LA Colors Illusion.





This is far from being one of my favourites, but its one of those things that I had to see through once I'd had the idea, and despite how it turned out, I'd put too much work into it not to post it!

One more to go for my first DD week and its been a blast! :)

Sam xx



25 comments:

  1. I can just imagine a nerdy geologist attending a fancy science banquet with his lovely bride, who has lovingly glued rocks to her nails in solidarity with her husband. Also, it has to be the wife of a geologist because I don't imagine any female geologists take care of their nails. Something about digging around in the dirt n stuff. I'm rambling again... Love love love the color choices here. The fractals and the glass flecks play off the lolite so nicely. Well done!

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    1. I love the back stories you create - you're awesome!!! :)

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  2. So how long did these actually last? lol

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    1. They lasted longer than my patience, which wasn't long!

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  3. awesome you have taken your mani to next level...looks like rocks or iceberg :)

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    1. Thanks Anita! Not at all practical but definitely has some texture for the theme! :)

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  4. damn girl, that's some major texture you got there! These are actually pretty cool too :) I can always rely on you to make me literally gasp in wonder! <3 xx

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    1. Aw, I'm blushing!!! If it says texture, I'm gonna do texture! lol ;) xx

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  5. I have honestly not enough words to say how much this look rocks!

    It is just an incredible work of art! You are so talented Sam, thanks for continuing to share your looks with everyone.

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    1. Aw, thanks hun! I have some Tourmaline that I'd like to try it with too, but my patience tank is sooooo empty now :)

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  6. So cool nails! You're so talented! :)

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  7. These are awesome! Reminds me of rock candy!

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    1. Om nom nom! Thanks Kirsten - going hunting for rock candy now :)

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  8. The two fingers make me think, "ICEBERG RIGHT AHEAD!". I do love it! So creative!

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    1. Oh my...so very creative and great use of texture lol!

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  9. this is just crazy enough to be totally awesome!

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    1. I think they may have just slipped past "just crazy enough" through to "too batsh*t crazy to be cool" ;)

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  10. I love how out of the box creative you are! These are super cute and fun :)

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