Archive for Blue

Ice Veil

Posted in Blue, foil with tags , , , , , on April 1, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Well franken-friends…I have more foil for you today!

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve gotten into the habit of making “collections”. I just get so excited about my new creations that I am compelled to make them in various colors!
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To make a blue foil finish polish, I used Blueberry pigment from TBK Trading and Hard Candy Trailer Trash.

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I was all out of regular bottles, so I was using the extra small bottles I had handy (0.25 oz). I filled the bottle almost full with HC TT, then added 1 teaspoon of pigment in the mix.

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This was 2 very thin coats, and it covered great!

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I have a couple more foil surprises for you, so be sure to check back!

Dr. Who?

Posted in Blue, Glitter, Holographic with tags , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Today’s franken is a modification of one of my previous creations. A “refrankened franken”, if you will! You may remember the sparkley blue I used in my “Frankenpolish 101” tutorial. While working on my recent family of holo polishes, I came across it and couldn’t resist jazzing it up a little bit more.

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I filled up an empty bottle halfway with a plain silver holo (Color Club’s Worth the Risque), then topped it off with my blue franken.

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The holo effect is subtle, but really breathes new life into this franken. The finished mix has a foily look to it, and it just may be my favorite franken so far.

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I sent off a few bottles of this baby to some friends, and they all agree it is very similar to the long discontinued “Dorothy Who?” by China Glaze. So it was been appropriately dubbed “Dr. Who?” So there you have it…a “refrankened franken”. It just goes to show you it’s never to late to improve on a good thing!

Sparkling Clean Slate

Posted in Blue, Holographic with tags , , , , , , , on March 17, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

I have a ton of blue holos in my collection…but none like today’s slate blue holo franken!

As with the previous holo, I am using Color Club’s Worth the Risque for the base. Everyday Minerals pigment in Silver Spoons was my first choice to mix with, since I’ve used it in the past to franken with.

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The slate color in the pigment really comes to life once mixed into the polish!

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I was a little concerned that mixing pigment with a holographic polish base would cause clumping, but as you can see, it applied smooth and even!

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As always, I’m open to requests, so give me a shout if there’s a color you’d like to see!
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City Under the Sea

Posted in Blue, Glitter, Recipes with tags , , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Today’s franken is a recreation of a polish that went to live in the U.K. with my friend Vikki. I decided to mix up another one, since she liked the color so much.

The polishes I used to make this one are: Wet ‘N Wild Black Creme, Wet ‘N Wild Psycho glitter, and NYC Skin Tight Denim.

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I filled an empty bottle half full with WnW Psycho, the added 1/4 each of Skin Tight Denim and black. I added ballz, shook the mixture well, and was rewarded with this beauty:

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This one was tricky to photograph, so I took a couple shots in different lighting.

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The multi colored glitter really stands out against the deep blue base like tiny underwater twinkling lights. Your own personal “City Under the Sea”…right at your fingertips!
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More Matte!

Posted in Blue, Green, Grey, matte, Recipes with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

What, you thought I’d stop with just one?
Armed with a plethora of new pigment samples from wonderful ladies, I set out to come up with some colorful friends for “Cauldron”. I’ve been busy swatching, and today I have the first three to show you!

All of these frankens are made with Nailtek Foundation II as a base.

Grey is a hot color right now…so what’s hotter than a matte grey? This was simple to make. I mixed together 2/3 back polish with 1/3 white to get the shade of grey I was aiming for, then added it to my Nailtek. If a lighter, dove grey is what you want, add more white and less black.
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This strange green is reminiscent of Misa’s Dirty Sexy Money, but darker. It’s definitely an odd shade, but I like it! I made this with a teal pigment sample (TY, Miriel!) and a few drops each of plain black and white polishes (for the greyish cast & to give the mixture some opacity).
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This interesting blue was just an easy mix of a little pigment (from the brilliant Elma, who came up with the matte franken idea) & Nailtek!

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That’s all for today…stay tuned for more!

Hidden Beauties

Posted in Purple with tags , , , , on February 4, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

Hello, my fellow frankeners!

If you’ve ever been to a  dollar store, chances are you’ve seen the somewhat scary display of nail polish. While some real gems pop up every so often, most of the polish consists of old watery, blah colors.  But as we all know, appearances can be deceiving.  The dollar store is a frankeners’ goldmine!  It doesn’t take much to transform those yucky polishes into dazzling pretties!

Today, I’ll be using one of the L’Oreal Bijou polish as an example.  These have been popping up at dollar stores in 3-packs, and you can’t beat that price!  While some of the colors are magnificent on their own, the “Facet” line of polishes tend to be extremely sheer (the blue and purple in the photo). But they have great potential!
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We’ll use the blue polish, called “B.Adorable” in this example. Let’s start by emptying out about half the polish. I keep several extra empty bottles handy for this purpose. You can set the extra aside to experiment with later. Your polish should look like this:
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Now we need a darker color to mix in, to give the polish some pizzazz! And the aptly named “Purple Pizzazz Frost” by NYC is an excellent choice. Of course you can use any medium to dark purple to achieve the same effect.
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Slowly pour the dark purple into the half full Bijou bottle. Since the Bijou bottles are tiny, you shouldn’t need very much. Be careful not to overfill the bottle. Your polish line should be even with the very bottom of the bottle neck like this:
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Add an extra ball in. Most of the Bijou polishes already have one ball in the bottle, but adding another will aid in mixing faster. Shake, shake, and shake some more until the polish is uniform in color. You should now have a lovely medium purple shade with subtle blue stringy glitter!
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I love the way this also has a blue flash to it!
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As you can see, simply adding a bit of a darker color really gives new life to these sheer Bijous!
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Frankenpolish 101: A Crash Course In The Art Of “Frankening”

Posted in Blue, Frankenpolish 101, Glitter with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2009 by Amanda Frankenpolish

First, I’d like thank everyone who has stopped by to check out my blog! And an ever bigger thanks to all the lovely ladies that have linked to me.  There’s a list under my links section to many other wonderful nail blogs that are definitely worth checking out!

Today, I bring you “Frankenpolish 101”.  Before I break down the simple steps of the frankening process, I’d like to point out a few things.

Creating your own polish can be fun and addicting, but it can also be  frustrating (not to mention, messy).  Don’t get discouraged if your first polish doesn’t turn out well. Frankening is all about experimenting!  I’ve created my fair share of hideous, blindingly ugly polishes that would make anyone shudder in disgust.  It’s a learning process, and even the most experienced frankeners have the occasional failure!  So let’s start with the basics you need to know…

Franken Supplies

A frankeners’ best friend is BALLZ! Yes, you read that correctly. Ballz help your polish creation mix together, and also save you from endless hours of shaking the bottle until you’re dizzy!  Ballz are often called ball bearings, or BB’s. There are many places you can buy ballz, most commonly they are found in the sporting goods/hunting section at stores like Wal-Mart.  I use Daisy Brand (purchased at Wal-Mart) zinc plated steel BB’s, 4.5 mm size. They do come in smaller size containers, and only cost a few dollars.

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Another inexpensive frankening tool worth purchasing is a small art plate.  You can mix together a tiny amount of your combination in the plate to see how it will look.  It’s an excellent way to play around with different color combinations and saves you the aggravation of mixing together an entire bottle only to discover it isn’t what you wanted.  Paper plates can also be used for this, but I prefer the paint tray because it is reusable and less wasteful.  Again, you can find these at chain stores like Wal-Mart or craft stores for around $1.00 or less.  It is easily cleaned off using polish remover/acetone and a cotton ball, or my personal favorite, plain old felt!

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You’ll also need something to mix your “test polish” with.  Toothpicks are a good choice, as well as cuticle sticks. Cuticle sticks, or sometimes called orange sticks, come in both wooden and plastic varieties.  They are also very cheap to purchase and can be found at beauty supply stores or drugstores.  I like using the wooden cuticle sticks because they are bigger than toothpicks, which make mixing easier, and I can clean them with acetone and get several uses out of one.

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Once you have a color that pleases you, you’ll need a bottle to put it in!  Empty polish bottles come in a variety of sizes, and can be bought at beauty suppliers.  You can also clean out old polish bottles with acetone to re-use in your frankening adventures.  Empty treatment bottles (such as Nailtek) are also wonderful to use once cleaned.  The larger sized bottles will use up more of your supplies, so you may want to start off using smaller bottles.  Dollar Stores are a great source for buying polishes to franken with.  Those unappealing sheers take on a new life once a darker color is added!  Cheaper brands such as NYC, Wet N Wild, and others found in drugstores are awesome for making frankens, and cost very little.  On a side note, I like bottles that have peel off labels.  It helps distinguish between my “real” polishes and the frankens. 🙂

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Mixing together different polish colors is a great way to exercise your creativity!  You can also use cosmetic pigments (such as eyeshadow pigments) and glitter to jazz up your frankenpolish.  If you’re using glitter, cosmetic grade glitter works very well.  I would avoid using craft glitter, unless it’s fine grade, because it tends to be too big and doesn’t mix well.  Glitter and pigments are best mixed with a clear or sheer polish.  If you are going for a darker color, like black, make sure you add a good amount of clear to it first.  This will help your glitter stand out better in the polish, and also avoid settling to the bottom of the bottle.  Using glitter and pigments can be tricky, since some brands or types just refuse to play nice with any type of polish.  Again, experiment with several kinds and see what works for you!

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A quick little trick that will make adding pigments and glitter much easier (and less messy) is to make a small funnel out of paper.  Simple roll up a small square of paper (approx. 3 x 3 inches works well) into a funnel shape and tape together.  Make sure the hole at the end is slightly smaller than the opening to the polish bottle, but not too tiny. Voila!

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Alright! You’re ready to franken!  Here is a step by step example to help you get started:

*For this example, I am using Wet N Wild Sapphire polish, frankened with Fantasy Makers silver cosmetic glitter*

Step 1

Place a couple drops of polish into your art tray.

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Step 2

Shake in a bit of glitter.  Remember, start small! You can always add more in as you go along.

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Step 3

Use an orange stick or toothpick to mix the glitter and polish together.

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Step 4

Swatch the mixed polish on a piece of plain paper. If you are satisfied with the appearance of your franken mixture, go to the next step, otherwise repeat steps 2 and 3 until you get the desired effect.

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Step 5

Taking your base color bottle (WnW Sapphire in this example), set aside the cap/brush and place your funnel into the top of the bottle.

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Step 6

Slowly add glitter or pigment into the bottle. Same rule applies here…add a little at a time!

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Step 7

Add your ballz! Two or three should be sufficient.

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Step 8

Shake, shake, shake! Swatch the polish on paper, the same way you did with the test batch.  Add more glitter if needed and shake some more.

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Step 9

Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of your very own frankenpolish! Be proud of yourself, and enjoy your new pretty! 😀

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Hopefully this tutorial was helpful!  Please feel free to contact me with questions, suggestions, or requests!