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NAILS Magazine's Next Top Nail Artist Challenge for week #2.
You've always been... Mysterious
I chose a locket ring as my 3-D nail art to capture the concept of "mysterious". Rings like this have been used throughout history to carry perfume, locks of hair, poison or a pill, devotional relics, messages, and other keepsakes, so they have also been known by other names. A ring like this creates quite a mystery because you never know what's inside.

Step-by-Step Nail Art Tutorial

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I start by placing a large emerald Swarovski crystal into a round bead of silver acrylic. Then I carve out a groove using my electric file.  Next I use gel to adhere some tiny silver beads. Lastly, I carve out a little space on the side and use gel to add a seed bead to use as a hinge.

I start by placing a large emerald Swarovski crystal into a round bead of silver acrylic. Then I carve out a groove using my electric file. Next I use gel to adhere some tiny silver beads. Lastly, I carve out a little space on the side and use gel to add a seed bead to use as a hinge.  

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I place the jewelry wire through the bead, and clip the length.  Next I begin sculpting the ring.  I use a rounded surface to mimic the nail.  I use my electric file to clean it up, and then I make sure it fits properly.  I used a swiss bubble bit on my electric file to carve out grooves for the hinge.

I place the jewelry wire through the bead, and clip the length. Next I begin sculpting the ring. I use a rounded surface to mimic the nail. I use my electric file to clean it up, and then I make sure it fits properly. I used a swiss bubble bit on my electric file to carve out grooves for the hinge.  

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I encapsulated the ends of the jewelry wire to secure my hinge.  Next I used a dark purple gel inside the locket.  Lastly, I used crystals to embellish the locket.

I encapsulated the ends of the jewelry wire to secure my hinge. Next I used a dark purple gel inside the locket. Lastly, I used crystals to embellish the locket.  

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I prepared the nails for sculpting.

I prepared the nails for sculpting.  

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I used clear acrylic to sculpt long, thin almond shaped nails.

I used clear acrylic to sculpt long, thin almond shaped nails.  

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I removed the forms.

I removed the forms.  

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Next, I spread some emerald glitter over the nail bed and smile lines, and also attached some fishnet using nail glue.

Next, I spread some emerald glitter over the nail bed and smile lines, and also attached some fishnet using nail glue.  

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I encapsulate the nails with clear acrylic.

I encapsulate the nails with clear acrylic.  

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Finish file the nails.

Finish file the nails.  

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Lastly, I add my holographic fabric from Empower Nail Art, 3-D black acrylic, crystals, and the locket ring.

Lastly, I add my holographic fabric from Empower Nail Art, 3-D black acrylic, crystals, and the locket ring.  

 
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kathar - Commented 11 months ago
This is so awesome! So much energy and creative thought involved! You are a truly gifted nail artist! And very... Mysterious!!
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TheRawrShop - Commented 11 months ago
I LOVE THIS LAUREN!!!!!!!!!!
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nailbarLounge - Commented 11 months ago
Gorgeous! & What a great idea! 😍
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Ivystar - Commented 11 months ago
Awesome!
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sighstar - Commented 11 months ago
Awesome. What much creativity.
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