I wanted to do a French tip manicure at home but I don’t have the steadiest of hands when it comes to painting. I was looking at Chloe’s Nails Blog and liked that she uses tape to get the designs she wants and was inspired to find something similar to achieve my desired effect. I decided to try band-aids. But they have to the plastic or sheer type because the polish will soak through the fabric band-aids. For my first couple of tries, I am pretty pleased with how my nails turned out and decided to share what I did.
Things you need:
maybe nail polish remover
Clean and prep your nails by filing, pushing back cuticles, etc
Apply base coat and allow to dry.
Next apply a couple of coats of the main color to get your desired color.
Wait a few minutes and then apply a thick layer of top coat.
Now you’ll want to wait awhile for these coats to dry, so catch up on a show or something. Also, while they are drying take out your band-aids and put the sticky side on your palm a couple times in order to take away some of the stickiness so it doesn’t pull up your polish.
After your polish has dried, carefully place the band-aid towards the tip of the nail, just exposing the area you want to paint.
Paint the tip. Carefully and quickly pull the band-aid off.
Continue on the rest of your nails, you might need more then one band-aid to avoid a mess.
Next clean up your nails. I like to use an angled craft/paint brush dipped into nail polish remover. It’s much easier for me to be more precise around my nails with a paint brush.
First thing I did was seam rip the old buckle off and remove the pieces of reflective tape that remained.
Next I hand stitched the new clip in place. I decided to sew by hand because the webbing is very thick and I don’t know how my machine would handle it. I don’t have a lot of needles to pick from, so I went with a crewel hand needle. I’m not even sure why I have these but they were in my sewing kit. The webbing is thick and stiff so it took awhile to sew.
I then cut 2, ½inch wide by 4 inch long reflective fabric tape to replace the old tape. I then stitched one on the bottom of the leash near the clasp and one near the handle of the leash. My stitching for the reflective tape is terrible. I’d like to say that I am a perfectionist and will redo it but I know I won’t. Feel free to judge. 🙂
Now it’s time to take Rusty out on a walk and enjoy the new leash.
I have this shirt that I love the way it fits but I managed to get a stain on the sleeve. I have a couple of RIT dye just sitting in a drawer begging to be used. I decided to go with the wine color. It’s a pretty color for a button up shirt. I have to use the sink to dye because my apartment upright machines are plastic and I’m slightly terrified I’d stain them. My stainless steel kitchen sink works out perfectly, it won’t stain and I don’t have to be in the basement of my building.
Things I used:
Hair tie – always need to pull your hair back
Throw away clothes – chore clothes, clothes you don’t care if they get stained