01 May 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 3: Gluttony

Hi everyone! I'm back with another design for the Seven Deadly Sins challenge that I'm doing. The theme for this week is gluttony, and the prompt for today is as follows: "Delight yourself with a sugar spun inspired manicure."

I've been dreading this day since I started the challenge. I've never done a sugar spun mani before and I don't particularly care for them either. But I made up my mind that I would at least try it. But I think my negative thoughts turned into a self-fulfilling prophecy and I'm not very happy with how this turned out.

Sugar spun / abstract manicure (with top coat)

I used a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff, and all colours come from the Sinful Colors Sugar Rush collection, which I was able to get thanks to a dear friend (thanks Joy!). I started off with a watercolour mani. The pinky and index fingers are inspired by Kasey at Case by Kase Nails. I really like these nails, but wish my lines were more precise.

Sugar spun / abstract manicure (without top coat)

However, I messed up with the sugar spun part. I had just started stringing the nail polish across my nails when I deposited a big blob of nail polish in the middle of my finger. So I decided to scratch through the polish to make a bit of an abstract design, but keep some of the sugar spun part. If I think of these as "abstract nails" I kinda like them, but if I think of them as "sugar spun nails" I just want to cringe. But oh well, it's a challenge which means not everything will turn out.

Have you ever tried a sugar spun manicure? What do you think of the technique?

12 comments:

  1. I think the abstract design is cool! I wonder what topcoat would do to it. I love the pinky and pointer finger designs!

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    1. Thanks Nail a Day! The top coat just smooths it out and the 3-D effect is not as apparent. The first photo shows it with a top coat - a very generous coat of Seche Vite.

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  2. I like the way you made this design! I feel the same way, I'm dreading doing sugar spun nails.....

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    1. Thanks Kelli! I guess that's what challenges are all about, getting out of your comfort zone. Good luck on the sugar spun mani! :)

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  3. I actually love the designs on your middle and ring fingers! Maybe they're not the typicaly parallel line sugar spun style, but I love that your turned out different and the colors are great together! It actually looks like tweed fabric or something. I like it =)

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    1. Thanks so much Polished Prescription. I know some people are really good at doing the perfect parallel lines when it comes to this technique but that's not exactly my style. I'm glad you could appreciate these nails. :)

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  4. I love how they turned out, very abstract-y. :-)
    I have not tried sugar spun nails yet. I've seen a tutorial video on it and it seems simple, but I'm sure execution is a whole other story!

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    1. Thanks Chantal. It's not too difficult, but it is time consuming. It takes awhile for the polish to get stringy enough to do the sugar spun technique, and the whole time you have to stir the polish or it will dry completely. I found it a bit tedious. :/

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  5. These are stunning and very abstract indeed, love it!

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  6. Hahaha I had the exact same feelings about sugar spun manicures, and I'm not too pleased with my results either. Usually I'll go back to the drawing board with a failed technique, but I have no desire to revisit sugar spun nails anytime ever :P

    I quite like your nails though! The abstract idea was a great way to save the manicure and I like the colours you used. The rectangular design goes great with the sugar spun nails as well :D

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  7. How did I miss this? So glad I could get the Sinfuls to you! <3

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