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Stained Glass Glitter Nails

A good friend of mine, who I affectionately call Other Laura, had a birthday party this weekend.  As we often compare nail polish and she likes to call me a glitter crack addict, I had to do something special.  Given that I'd just sorted out my bag of glitter pots, I thought that the nine different small hex glitters might be able to help me out.  Turns out, when layered over black, it makes the most sparkly, rainbowy, commented-upon stained glass manicure I've ever done.  I did this Saturday afternoon, it's Monday lunchtime and I can't bear to take it off.  Let's take a closer look, shall we?

I initially started this mani as just thumb and ring accent nails over Wet 'n' Wild Black Creme.  Using my usual technique and starting in the middle of the nail, I spaced out the nine different glitters in a column down my nail.  Then, alternating placing them up and down offsets, I filled in either side, keeping the spacing consistent.  I had a bit more time on my hands so I decided to fill in my other three nails.  To keep things interesting, I reversed the rainbow on these nails.  I love using this glitter size as it all sits flat and smooth.  

The Verdict:  I think I have a new favourite mani.  Like, ever.  You can see how sparkly it is in my terrible attempt at a gif.  Yay glitter!


  1. Oh wow, I wish I could do stuff like this, *_*

  2. You are fantastic at hand-placing glitter!

    Can I ask a question? When I tried this, I got really terrible bubbling from my topcoats (tried Poshe and OTD), no matter what I did. I tested the topcoats on a normal mani afterwards, and they are fine. It's like the air was hiding under the glitters even though I tried to make sure they laid flat. Is there anything else I could do? I think the hexes I used were slightly bigger than the ones you used here. I just can't wear a mani with bubbling- eek!

    1. I know what you mean, I have the same issue. It's especially a problem with the manis that take the longest! I don't think there's a lot you can do other than to watch for bubbles forming in the top coat bottle and on the brush and if you see them, give it 10 minutes to sit. Newer bottles of Seche Vite seem to be better but that's about all you can do. Stupid bubbles

    2. Hmm, thanks. It's good to know I'm not the only one having trouble with bubbles, haha!

  3. This is so beautiful! I just can't get over how amazing this looks! I wish I had your patience. :)

  4. I think I'm in love with this... *-*

  5. Oh my GOD this is incredible! The PATIENCE it must have taken! I have to give this a try someday.

  6. Hey, I've been following your blog for some time now, I think what you do with hand placed glitter is just out of this world. When I saw this one I knew I had to comment, because I may have an idea slash request for you! Usually stained glass is separated by a dark mosaic just like you did here, but it's often separated by colour. What do you think it would look like if you did a motif with different glitter colours, but put all same-coloured glitter very close together, leaving a black gap only between different shapes? In my head it looks fabulous - kind of like there would be a black maze between large patches of colours. Anyway, just an idea.

    I love what you do and mostly I admire your patience! :)

  7. That's really pretty! I'll have to get some hexes and give it a go

  8. This is awesome and you should feel awesome.

  9. This is so beautiful! Wish I had the patience to pull something like this off!

  10. Oh wow, I understand why you do not want to take this of :D!


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