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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Marble This!

I came home from work today and found I had this ginormous chunk of time with absolutely nothing to do. I looked around and had this blissful feeling of total freedom that there was no one demanding my attention, nothing to clean up, no social commitments, NOTHING! ** insert happy dance here**

 So, I climbed into my jammies, put oil into my hair, put my phone on silent and went into chill mode - and did my nails.


So fun!  

  This is a process called "marbling" and it is ridonkulously simple!

Things you'll need:

A paper cup with water, petroleum jelly, nail polish remover, bamboo 'shashlik' sticks and cotton balls.
And whatever assortment of nail polishes you want to use. For my nails, I did black and silver.

 Start off by painting your nail white. This gives the marble a base for when the colors get too diluted or sheered out.

Next, build your "bullseye". A point to be noted is that people who have experimented a lot with marbling have recommended that the water used should be filtered water instead of tap. So just use the water you'd normally drink for this. This bullseye has been built by dropping black into the water first, then silver into its center. You'll notice that the polish spreads out into the water, forming a skin of sorts. Just keep adding drops of polish into the center of that skin, till you get to a stage where they stop spreading,

Using the bamboo stick (or orange stick if you prefer), draw patterns by swirling the polish around. Don't swirl too much or you'll lose your pattern! Now the pros have their marble patterns set to the perfect T and get their marble even every time! Me, I like a little playfulness! More on this later.

 At this point, I take an old paint brush, dip it into the petroleum jelly and coat my entire first digit. Get as close up to the nail as possible and even under the nail and the finger tips. Makes for an easier clean up job! Some even use scotch tape around the nail. I find this the easier way.

Pick a spot in the marble and dip your finger nail into it. Now STOP at this point! Don't move your finger at all! Grab your stick, and dip it into the cup and pick up as much polish from the surface as possible. Once the water is as clean as you can get it, then lift your finger out. Grab a paper towel or cotton ball, and just clean up around the edges of the nail - you'll notice the mess slip right off as the petroleum jelly won't let it stick to your nail.


Below is a demonstration on the clean up job. 

Dip orange stick into the water.

Swirl it around.

... And lift!

 None of my nail look the same. But ya' know what? I like it this way! My index finger is a result of over swirling. So to avoid that, just do a few swirls.

Click here to see what the pros can really pull off with a water marble!

Me, I just spent my saturday pampering myself and sharing it with you guys.

Give it a shot and share the pictures with me!