Monday, September 17, 2012

31DC2012: Day 17, Glitter

Going crazy with glitter today! These nails were actually pretty hard to photograph because of the amount of shininess going on here...


I would have done all my nails but just these two took FOR-EV-ER to do, since I placed each piece of glitter individually. Here are the pots of loose glitter that I used for this. I got them in a set of 12 on eBay for a few bucks.



I started by painting the nails black. Then I applied a thin horizontal stripe of clear nail polish for the glitter to stick on to and attached each piece individually, row by row. 

I used a dotting tool dipped in water to pick up and apply each piece.


I did topcoat these nails to give them a smooth texture and to keep the glitter from coming off, but it unfortunately created a bunch of tiny bubbles! SO ANNOYING! Oh well. You really can't see them in person but of course macro photography is the revealer of all mistakes.


I cannot stop staring at these glitter scales. Or maybe we should call them glitter armor. Or disco ball nails. Or "a pain in the butt." ;)


 Check out last year's glitter nails here, and check out the challenge prompts here!
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56 comments

  1. These are STUNNING! Wow! Props to having patience!!!

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  2. oh wow, these are amazing, you've definitely convinced me to get some of these now ; )

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  3. lol - you couldn't just SLOP a glitter on like the rest of us ?? ha ha, love you xxx

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  4. Wow! It's obvious these took a LONG time, but the hard work paid off!! Just beautiful!

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  5. Dude you're insane. :D (not the bad kind) I doubt I'd have patience to do this.

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  6. This just looks fantastic- reminds me of scales too! I am buying some loose hex glitter ASAP.

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  7. I actually kind of like the bubbles, thought they were extra sparklies within the glitter hexes :)

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  8. That's it, I'm buying glitter hexes right now!! As always, awesome job!

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  9. Absolutely stunning! I'm liking the "glitter armour" name, sounds fierce! :)

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  10. I've wanted to try a hex glitter mani for so long! I love these! And I love that you used a black base!!

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  11. Super cute. I did this once with holo nails. I started with an accent and was like "if I want more I can do more". I didn't want more...haha

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  12. It looks good especially if you did all the nails. You're really patient!XD

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  13. Gorgeous! Love the glitter colors!

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  14. I love it!! I just got some of the large hex glitters like that.. will have to make at least an accent nail like that. Awesome job!

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  15. Wow! Those are pretty fantastic! You won't see me trying it though. I'm not that devoted. :)

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  16. HOLY CRAP BALLS THESE ARE AMAZING!!!!

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  17. Oh. My god. I love these and I think I'd be happy if my nails looked like this all the time, forever, but I also think I would probably dissolve into tears halfway through the first nail. I have patience for painting intricate designs but my patience fails me when it comes to anything other than paint (like taping). I'm impressed with your SHEER GLITTER WILLPOWER.

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  18. Oh my goodness, this looks great! Glitter is definitely on my to-buy list. Not sure when I'll have the time or the patience to try this, but it looks like it'll make an awesome accent nail!

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  19. Woah! SO beautiful! I really does look like to took your time with this! You must have a lot of patience :p

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  20. Respect for putting each glitter individual on you nail!

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  21. This is gorgeous! I need this glitter.

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  22. Hey, I found you on BlogLovin', great site! Could you come over to my house and give me this mani? Please, lol!

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  23. wow! i am amazed at how much patience you must have! they look absolutely great.

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  24. Gorgeous accent nails! Your patience and time really paid off, looks stunning.

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  25. amazing nails! I have to do similar decorating ;)

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  26. Absolutely gorgeous. You've inspired me!

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  27. They're fabulous! Definitely worth the time it took to create them.

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  28. Wow I imagine how time consuming this is but job well done.

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  29. Wow what a pain in the butt to do indeed! I only did one nail and nearly lost my mind from it lol.

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  30. WOAH!

    I would neeever have the patience to do that, though.

    But WOAH!

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  31. Gorgeous well worth all the work!

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  32. This is utterly insane. In my membrane. YOu totally raised the bar! WOW!

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  33. Want to try this one, but might take me a year to finish! LOL! Like this.

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  34. Yay for glitter armor! I am amazed that you did more than one nail with this awesomeness.

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  35. That is crazy awesome! It's like... rainbow disco ball goodness!

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  36. These look awesome. I think it works perfectly as an accent nail or two. This definitely goes in my 'I must recreate folder' xx

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  37. They are simply gorgeous! I would never have that patience though

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  38. Wow, glequintastic! Can you let us know the link for them on Ebay, if you don't want to put it on your blog post would you mind emailing the info to me as I'd love to try them, alternatively can you let me know the size of them please? Thank you, and I LOVE them!! Your nails look fantastic!

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    1. This was the title of the item, but I bought it back in 2011... "12 colors nail Art Hexagon Shiny Glitter powder 1mm Set" from user lilyyangstore.

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    2. 1mm, that's what I wanted to know, many thanks x

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  39. These remind me of Rainbow Fish!! Oh, love it. <3

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  40. I can understand this was way too much work to put on but boy does it look gorgeous!

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  41. Oh wow! Incredible patience not to mention eyesight! Looks amazing:)

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  42. Beautiful! Have you ever had a problem with glitter dragging when you apply a top coat? I guess it would be less so with the larger glitter, but every time I use fine glitter it always ends up everywhere except where I want it!

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