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NTNA week 7: Northern Lights

On a cold and clear night, you might see a grand light show in the sky, the northern lights. Finnish people call them "revontulet", a name that translates "fox's fire". In a Finnish folktale a fox ran so fast through the snowy hills, that its tale hit fire and sparkles against the snowy ground creating the lights in the sky.

Inm wanted us to create a piece on 10 nail tips using any mediums we liked. I used both gel and acrylic to create my Finnish landscape. This set is very personal to me, as the Finnish winter in all its beauty is very close to my heart.

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First I glued the tips together and build the snow with white acrylic. I covered the snow with top coat and poured nail art velvet powder on it to make it fluffy, I drilled a hole for the campfire's light.

First I glued the tips together and build the snow with white acrylic. I covered the snow with top coat and poured nail art velvet powder on it to make it fluffy, I drilled a hole for the campfire's light.  

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I used a toilet roll as my form, I cut it to the wanted shape and added non-stick paper so the gel won't stick to it. Then I covered the form with hard gel and cured it. I filed the sides and attached the spiral to my work using acrylic. The background plate is made of acrylic.

I used a toilet roll as my form, I cut it to the wanted shape and added non-stick paper so the gel won't stick to it. Then I covered the form with hard gel and cured it. I filed the sides and attached the spiral to my work using acrylic. The background plate is made of acrylic.  

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I used Blu-Tack to create the mold for the fox, it holds the form better when you are covering it with acrylic. Then I painted the fox white, added orange pigment on it and painted the details. To make the fox look like a magical creature I added glitter pigment on it.

I used Blu-Tack to create the mold for the fox, it holds the form better when you are covering it with acrylic. Then I painted the fox white, added orange pigment on it and painted the details. To make the fox look like a magical creature I added glitter pigment on it.  

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I painted the Northern lights with gel paints, the sky is black so that the light won't shine through anything but the Northern lights. I painted a silhouette of a tree and made it 3D with acrylic. I added glitter on the fox's tail to make it sparkle as it creates the Northern lights.

I painted the Northern lights with gel paints, the sky is black so that the light won't shine through anything but the Northern lights. I painted a silhouette of a tree and made it 3D with acrylic. I added glitter on the fox's tail to make it sparkle as it creates the Northern lights.  

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I sculpted the fire using acrylic and drilled the fire hollow underneath so I could fit a lamp inside it. I painted the details with gel paint.

I sculpted the fire using acrylic and drilled the fire hollow underneath so I could fit a lamp inside it. I painted the details with gel paint.  

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I build the hut with acrylic, I used a cone shaped paper covered with plastic as my mold. I shaped acrylic canes between my hands when the acrylic was still wet. I painted the details to it with gel paints and added some shadows with black pigment.

I build the hut with acrylic, I used a cone shaped paper covered with plastic as my mold. I shaped acrylic canes between my hands when the acrylic was still wet. I painted the details to it with gel paints and added some shadows with black pigment.  

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I dusted the snow with glitter to make it sparkle and added black pigment under the fire. I circled the hut's base with acrylic snow. I used tiny led lights attached to small batteries to light up the sky. I attached the lights with Blue-Tack so I can change the batteries when they run out.

I dusted the snow with glitter to make it sparkle and added black pigment under the fire. I circled the hut's base with acrylic snow. I used tiny led lights attached to small batteries to light up the sky. I attached the lights with Blue-Tack so I can change the batteries when they run out.  

 
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