The glass foil that I used to create this is thin, transparent and iridescent. I know you can buy this at certain craft stores in some countries but I haven't seen it here. It comes in a sheet that is claimed to be 5x50 cm on the website, but what I received was only 5x20 cm in size. That is enough for quite a few manicures, but it's still too little considering that this foil is dirt cheap. From the pictures on the website I chose the one that looked blue (#5). I'm not sure if they sent the right one but to me it only looks green/orange. Maybe if I would put it over a white base it would look blue. Anyway, the foil looks like this and you can find it here.
As a base color I used my favorite polish of all time, China Glaze First Mate. I used a peel off base coat underneath because I was worried it would take a lot of work to take the foil pieces off. I waited for the polish to dry because I didn't want the foil pieces to mess with it and get stained. In the meantime I took some tiny scissors and began cutting the foil in triangles of different shapes and sizes. Make sure you do this over a sheet of paper so you can clearly see the pieces and don't risk making a mess on your desk. I tried to cut mine as small as possible but it still wasn't small enough in the end because I didn't have enough pieces to fill in the tiny spaces at the edges of my nails.
After I finished cutting, I used a clear polish to stick the pieces on. Of course you have to work on each nail individually because the top coat dries up quite fast. I used my wax pen to pick up the pieces but you can also use a toothpick if you don't own such a gadget. Basically all you need is patience to match up the pieces and find the right ones to fit in each gap. It's like a puzzle. After I finished this process I went on to cover everything with Seche Vite. I used two coats to level it out as much as possible but there was still a bit of texture around the foil pieces.
Thank you for reading my ramblings. Maybe you will learn from my experience if you plan on doing these and not make the same mistakes as I did. Don't forget that you can check out the rest of the Monday Blues of today by clicking the links below!
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