Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Broken Mirror Manicure

I decided to try something completely new today. This is the result.

This manicure, which I have decided looks like broken mirror shards, was done as a spur of the moment experiment. I was rummaging around in my art supplies and came across a jar of what is essentially tiny pieces of broken glass. It's usually used to simulate sugar on miniature decoden crafts.

I figured why not try it on my nails?

I started with a coat of Essie No Place Like Chrome. I let it dry completely before applying another generous coat of the same color. While my polish was still wet, I stuck my nail into the jar of glass "sugar" and rocked it back and forth to make sure I was getting complete coverage.

Using a paint brush, I brushed off the excess shards and cleaned up some of those around my cuticles. 

Posing with silver metal leaf.

This is actually surprisingly wearable. Much more durable than I expected and the texture doesn't bother me at all. Granted, this was done more as an artistic experiment, so I don't really recommend anyone casually wear this but you could if you wanted to. Along with a broken mirror, it also reminds me of ice crystals and diamonds. It's awesome. It would be fantastic for a costume. It makes me think of The White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia.

Have you tried anything crazy lately?


  1. This is super cool! You always come up with such creative ideas! Really amazing! :)

    1. Aww! Thank you.

      I feel like everything has already been done so I try to push myself to try different things.

  2. This is totally a White Queen mani! How creative! I'm really surprised to hear that this was wearable and held up!

    1. Thanks so much! :)

      I was surprised too. The shards stayed on quite well. The only issue was that stuff tended to get stuck to the glass. As long as I was careful though it wasn't an issue.

  3. ohhhhh wow! that is amazing!great idea!

  4. WOW, awesome idea! I like the craziness of this mani :)


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