Saturday, 3 November 2012

31DC2012: Day 13 Animal Print REAL FEATHERS!

I've been burning the candle at both ends this week and as a result I've either been too busy or too tired to blog. So this is actually Thursday's post, just super late!
I've been looking forward to this day since before the challenge started. I bought these feathers in Hobbycraft weeks ago and I knew they'd be my animal print mani. I'm in huuuge love with this nail art but, being a picker, it didn't last more than a day before I pulled the feathers off! 

You can see Cris's animal print mani here and Rie's right about here.



It's so hard to explain how I did this, but I'll try anyway! I painted on two coats of Essie Glamour Purse and let it dry completely. I picked out feathers that were already the right size for my nail and just cut off a bit more than I needed to cover my nail.
Next I added a thick coat of top coat and placed the end of the feather on my nail. I licked my finger and used it to gently push the feathers in to the clear polish. At this point there is still feather hanging off the end of my nail that I'll cut off later. 
After doing that on every finger and letting it dry a bit, I added about 3 coats of Seche Vite to every nail to smooth it over. Finally, I used some scissors to cut the feathers at the end and then a nail file to file the leftovers right down to my own nail.




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52 comments:

  1. Oh my wow, These are so gorgeous great idea using feathers :)

    Jazz x

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  2. I saw something similar couple of weeks before and now I know I NEED TO try it.!

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  3. Wow! I'm not usually a feathery person but this is super cool!

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  4. :) Ive always been a huge fan of feather manicures. You did a wonderful job!

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  5. Super pretty!! I've been meaning to go out and buy some feathers ever since I saw your first feather mani your so good!! :)

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  6. Looks really good, I've tried this and failed miserably so well done!

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  7. Love it!!!!!!!!!!!
    I would love to do that for some time.
    Maybe some day soone! XD

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    Kisses,
    Z

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  8. Ok - WTH. Every time I try to use feathers, I fail. Ii get them stuck on ok, but when I try to clear coat them, they slide around & fall apart or stick to the polish brush. Am I not waiting long enough between sticking them on my nails & clear coating them?? I really LOVE this look, but I'm seriously about to give up.

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    1. may you need to wait more&use better top coat? :|

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  9. WOW - Amazing! You just took Animal Print to a higher level! ;)

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  10. These are so stunning and as always your choice of colour is perfect. I'll be keeping my eye out for some pretty feathers now to try this mani myself. Inspiring stuff :)

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  11. This is absolutely gorgeous!! I have to get my hands on some feathers...

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  12. Oh my goodness this is beautiful! Now I need to go get some feathers!

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  13. My pet budgie is moulting... I think I may be trying this in green and yellow!!

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  14. GORGEOUS! Although, I think I say that all the time about your manicures. It's true, though!

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  15. Wow, this turned out great!! I love this look!!

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  16. Wow I love the featherlook I really need to give it a try soon.

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  17. These are really beautiful :)

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  18. I did real feathers nails too a couple of months ago.
    Yours turned out really good!! :D

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  19. OH MY GOD THIS IS AMAZIIIING

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  20. this is so interesting and pretty! love it

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  21. oh wow!!!! that is so cool and you did such an awesome job!!!

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  22. Wow! This is pretty awesome :)

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  23. Just amazing, absolutely gorgeous!

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  24. This is by far the most genius mani i've seen!

    samantha@manicabana.com

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  25. What a cool idea! Need to find me some feather, I think!

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  26. This is awesome! I'm really loving the results! So creative!!

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  27. Omg these are so amazing! You're so creative and I love the look!
    xx

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  28. This is very cool. I want to try this with peacock feathers - good job my birthday is coming up so I have an excuse to be all fancy ;)

    Thanks, Nicole

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  29. Wow!

    Valentina
    http://valentinaduracinsky.blogspot.com/

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  30. I can not express how much I love this manicure and how much I want to do it. If it weren't for the fact that we can't get the Essence nail polish in the states, it would have already been a done deal. Such a beautiful manicure and what an artist you are!

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  31. This is crazy awesome! Whoda thunk it?

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