Hello, franken friends!
I’ve decided to devote a section here to answer some frequently asked questions. This will be a work in progress, so it is by no means a complete list.
Of course, you can always email me email@example.com with any additional questions you may have.
Where can I find empty bottles for frankening?
I purchase my empties online from polish supply stores. I usually buy from:
CBSexquisite.com , Transdesign.com , or
CBS and SS do have a $25 minimum, but they also sell a variety of nail polish and other beauty supplies as well, so it’s a good place to stock up. SS is the place that sells the famous “David” topcoat, as well. TD doesn’t have a minimum, however, they do sell New York Summer brand polish, which is great and inexpensive to use for frankening.
What kinds of glitter can I use for frankening?
Generally speaking, most cosmetic grade glitters will work, but I have found some that don’t. Avoid using poly-based glitters, since they will melt when added to polish. Vinyl is your friend! Glitters can be very tricky, and it is mostly trial and error. When experimenting with a new brand/type of glitter, I will add it to a small bottle with a little bit of clear polish, shake it up, and let it sit overnight to see how it reacts. I’ve been surprised on a few occasions where the glitter didn’t melt, but instead changed color completely. Which isn’t always a bad thing! One brand I use quite frequently is the Martha Stewart craft glitters. I have dozens of colors I have tried, and never had a problem with them.
What basecoat/topcoat/nail treatments do you use?
Nail treatments are usually a subjective thing. What works for one, may not work for others. I’ve experimented with many, and always go back to the tried and true ones that work for me. I use Nailtek Foundation II or Sally Hansen Nail Quencher basecoat, and Seche Vite topcoat. My favorite cuticle cream is Qtica balm and some homemade shea butter my friend Elma makes for me. I also keep a couple bottles of cuticle oil handy…my current favorite being Nfu-Oh’s flower oils (they smell soooo good).
Do you sell your frankens?
At this time, I do not.
Well, why not?
Frankening is a really fun hobby of mine, and I love being able to help out others that want to re-create some of the colors I show on my blog. While I’m flattered that many readers think my polishes are good enough to be sold, I honestly don’t have enough free time to manufacture several bottles of them. I try and do giveways on my blog often, and will be more than happy to answer any questions or provide help to those trying to franken a certain shade. Perhaps in the future I will reconsider.