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I am a nerd. Like, a legitimate one. Said with no irony or self-deprecation. When I think of the 1950s, the first thing that comes to mind is all of the great books written during that decade. Special thanks to my husband for being my hand model. And for letting me do a set of acrylics on him while in a hotel on our honeymoon.

Step-by-Step Nail Art Tutorial

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Start by pinching the forms lightly at the bottom after securing them to keep a square shape.

Start by pinching the forms lightly at the bottom after securing them to keep a square shape.  

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Use acrylic to make a full set of squoval nails. Use the guides on the forms to make the nails a uniform size.

Use acrylic to make a full set of squoval nails. Use the guides on the forms to make the nails a uniform size.  

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Paint the nails with two coats of a medium brown polish.

Paint the nails with two coats of a medium brown polish.  

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On three of the nails, paint two lines of a lighter brown polish at the cuticle and free edge of the nail, outlining in black to create the

On three of the nails, paint two lines of a lighter brown polish at the cuticle and free edge of the nail, outlining in black to create the "shelves." Paint different colored rectangles going vertically between these lines to create the books.  

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Using a very thin brush and polish, write out the names of the books on the spines. Outline each book using black polish.

Using a very thin brush and polish, write out the names of the books on the spines. Outline each book using black polish.  

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Create the 3d books using medium balls of acrylic. Make them on a flat form to make use of the guidelines and keep your books a uniform size. Make the open book equal to the size of two smaller books next to each other.

Create the 3d books using medium balls of acrylic. Make them on a flat form to make use of the guidelines and keep your books a uniform size. Make the open book equal to the size of two smaller books next to each other.  

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When the acrylic is starting to set, use a flat cuticle pusher to gently press a ridge into three sides of the book. This will create the look of the cover extending over the pages. For the open book, build up two rounded mounds of acrylic on either side of the middle, and use the pusher to gently life the edges of the pages.

When the acrylic is starting to set, use a flat cuticle pusher to gently press a ridge into three sides of the book. This will create the look of the cover extending over the pages. For the open book, build up two rounded mounds of acrylic on either side of the middle, and use the pusher to gently life the edges of the pages.  

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Paint your 3d books.

Paint your 3d books.  

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Attach the 3d books using glue. For the three small books, stack them on top of each other, putting them at slight angles to each other.

Attach the 3d books using glue. For the three small books, stack them on top of each other, putting them at slight angles to each other.  

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Finish with top coat. And your 1950s bookshelf is complete! Books are The Cat in the Hat, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, Doctor Zhivago, Charlotte's Web, Lolita, On the Road, The Rum Diary, Casino Royal, A Bear Called Paddington, Fahrenheit 451, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Old Man and the Sea.

Finish with top coat. And your 1950s bookshelf is complete! Books are The Cat in the Hat, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, Doctor Zhivago, Charlotte's Web, Lolita, On the Road, The Rum Diary, Casino Royal, A Bear Called Paddington, Fahrenheit 451, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Old Man and the Sea.  

 
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buddysimsnails - Commented 3 years ago
So sweet of him to help out! He has nice hands!!! Too cute!

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