Friday, November 16, 2012

Foiled again!

Hello Dahlings!

I debated if I should post both versions of this mani or save one for later, but the Twitter vote was unanimously for me to show both. You win! I recently watched a YouTube video from ArcadiaNailArt on how to make your own gold leaf mani rather than pay big bucks for one of the gold flake polishes currently available. I don't know about you, but I ain't paying no $30 for a bottle of polish! LOL To see how ArcadiaNailArt made being gilty easy, go HERE.

Let's start with my left hand. Following ArcadiaNailArt's basic instructions, I shredded some Mardi Gras crafting gold leaf in a lil plastic jar. This did take almost 1/2 an hour cuz the pices need to be really small. This foil has green, gold, pink & orange-ish copper colors wafting thru' it.

I then painted my nails with 2 coats of China Glaze Awakening to get full coverage. Love that duo chrome look!

I then applied a 3rd coat, tidied my cuticles & used a soft flat paint brush to place bits of foil on my nails. Once I had foil where I wanted it I  carefully smoothed it down with the brush. A coat of Seche Vite & I was done, but it really could use a 2nd layer of top coat. Like some glitters, this really sucked up the top coat & feels a lil rough.

Now for my right hand: using the same method as before, I shredded up some Verigated Red gold leaf. This foil has reds from burgundy thru pink in it.

I then applied one coat of Sally Hansen Glossy. Yep, that's ONE coat! The polish is so dark a burgundy it looks black unless in bright direct light. Very vampy!

I applied a 2nd coat of the Gloss & added the foil as for the left hand, but alas, the red pretty much disapeared when I added top coat. Tho' the copper left behind is pretty, I was looking foward to the reds. (insert pouty face here lol)

Look at all the pretty colors! The Mardi Gras on the left is a go for this technique, the Verigated Reds on the right is not. I got both foils at Eureka Stamps. I know the $9.95 price seems like a lot, but those packages hold a lot of gold leaf! Like most of a sandwich size zip bag's worth.

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky


  1. This is SO cool! I know what you mean about not wanting to drop 30 bucks on a polish!! This is a great altrenative and now I wanna try it!!! ^.^

    1. I can't take credit for the concept, but I thank you for your kindness to a strange person. LOL You might be able to find gold leaf (real or craft) at a craft or hobby store in a smaller amount & price, just make sure if you get the cheaper craft version that it's not the kind that comes on a mylar backing. That kind works with foiling glue that you have to let dry before applying.
      The stuff I used is loose foiling/gilting leaf.

    2. Thanks for the heads up I'll have to make sure I get the right one when I head up to Michael's tonight ^.^ Thanks for making me spend money! LOL

    3. You are most welcome! What are friends for if not to enable us? LOL

  2. No! I have never spent $30 on a bottle of polish. The most was $18.00, and I really love the color! All the photo of your nails are gorgeous. Great post! xo

  3. Oh Inky, this is really beautiful! : ) I especially like the flakes on the Sally Hansen, that is stunning!

    This really makes me want to try my nail flakies I bought this summer and never tried ; )

    1. Thanks! Go for's only polish & a lil foil. LOL

  4. wow, amazing post. i love the darker version of the two. going to have to keep this method in mind :)

  5. Replies
    1. Go for it! It's more time consuming than difficult & fun for a beginner or pro.


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