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May 3, 2013
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Turquoise by Alchemical Turquoise by Alchemical
An idea I've been meaning to try. Love how this came out! I never want to take it off! I'll be doing different stones, this is only the first in a series I have planned.

This was a multiple step process... But I'll try to explain it quickly. I might make a tutorial for this if there's enough interest.

Materials I used-
Polishes: Teal, mint green, sky blue, black, and a clear top coat.
Other stuff: A dish of room temperature water, gold powered pigment, hair spray in a pump bottle (no aerosol), cotton swabs, tape, makeup sponge, acetone

1. Paint nails a suitable shade of teal. You want good coverage so you may need more than one coat. Allow to dry.

2. Using a makeup sponge, lightly sponge on other shades similar to your base color to add some variation. Turquoise is rather irregular so flat color won't look as realistic. I used a baby blue and a light mint green for this step. Again, allow to dry.

3. Apply a clear coat. While it is still wet sprinkle gold powered pigment onto your nails. You can also use loose eyeshadow for this. Allow to dry before rinsing your nails under cool running water to remove the excess pigment. Let your hands dry.

4. Tape off the skin around your nails, we're going to be water marbling! Seriously. Do this. You'll save yourself a lot of time with the cleanup.

5. Drop one drip of your black polish onto the surface of your water and allow it to spread a bit. Squirt the polish with about two pumps of hairspray at a distance of about two inches. It should break apart into little web like patterns and veins. This is what you want.

6. Dip your fingers into your now spotty, veiny floating polish. Gather up the excess with a cotton swab before removing your fingers from the water. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until all your fingers are done.

7. Clean up!

Trouble shooting:

1. If your polish isn't floating and spreading on the surface of the water there are a few possible reasons why. First of all, the polish might be old. Secondly, the water may not be room temperature. Third, and often overlooked, you may have hard water. If you suspect this to be the case, use distilled water.

2. The hairspray may mess with the surface tension of your water, making it difficult for your polish to spread properly. If this happens, dip a cotton swab into your water near to where the polish is floating. It should result in the polish spreading out a bit and allowing you to continue.

3. Don't sponge wet nails. You risk taking up some of your base color and you'll have a mess. If you want to do a second application with the sponge, allow the first to dry.

Questions? Need help? Ask away!
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JRollendz Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AnidHarker Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been featured here
Alchemical Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Thank you so much! I love the formatting you used for the feature.  ^___^
AnidHarker Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, and thank you!
Cowboy-Slightly Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
These are beautiful. ^_^
DarkRose1997 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist
a tutorial were greate :D
VixenTheWolf Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
These turned out really gorgeous! :)
Loving this!

Hey! Theres this contest on that this would be a great entry for!


Contest to share bad ass nail art :) Not sure what the prizes are yet, but all you have to do is upload your pic and share it with your friends :D
Alchemical Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Sounds fun. I'll check it out. :3
DreamWalker412 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
this is reaaaally amazing!!
Zomergras Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Very pretty indeed!
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