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A competition entry for a nail art photographic competition. Theme: Steampunk.
Photo: Henny Sep
Model: Jaimy Tobing
MUA: Dunia Erich
Nails, Mask & Styling: Tracey Lee

Step-by-Step Nail Art Tutorial

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Printed out a sheet of paper with different size circles and placed this in a plastic sheet to use as a guideline.\nPick up a large bead of powder and place it in the center of the circle. Press out to create a perfect circle, ensuring the circle is even all way round.\n

Printed out a sheet of paper with different size circles and placed this in a plastic sheet to use as a guideline.\nPick up a large bead of powder and place it in the center of the circle. Press out to create a perfect circle, ensuring the circle is even all way round.\n  

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As the product starts curing, using a metal spatula, cut out “teeth” along the edges of the circle. \n

As the product starts curing, using a metal spatula, cut out “teeth” along the edges of the circle. \n  

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Peel the circle off the plastic and place it around a pinching stick in order to create a c-curve. Allow to set completely.\nCreate more cogs using the other acrylic powders. Each nail is made up of 3 cogs, each one one size smaller than the previous one.

Peel the circle off the plastic and place it around a pinching stick in order to create a c-curve. Allow to set completely.\nCreate more cogs using the other acrylic powders. Each nail is made up of 3 cogs, each one one size smaller than the previous one.  

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Cogs were created using gold, silver and bronze color acrylic powders.\n

Cogs were created using gold, silver and bronze color acrylic powders.\n  

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Create different designs on the cogs using an electric file to file holes on the inside and outside of the circle to complete the cog.

Create different designs on the cogs using an electric file to file holes on the inside and outside of the circle to complete the cog.  

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Create the extension point on a form as a stiletto point. The extension point is the same color as the largest ring.

Create the extension point on a form as a stiletto point. The extension point is the same color as the largest ring.  

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Using white acrylic, create a clock face on the largest cog of each nail. Press out evenly to create an even surface.

Using white acrylic, create a clock face on the largest cog of each nail. Press out evenly to create an even surface.  

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Using black acrylic paint, paint numerals and hands onto the clock. Using the corresponding acrylic powder create a tiny bead at the center of the clock.\nUsing builder gel clear, create a dome over the clock face. Cure. Using the corresponding acrylic powder create a frame around each clock face. Some were created with metal beads, others created with a single ring of acrylic, others with beads of acrylic pressed out with a dotting tool.\n

Using black acrylic paint, paint numerals and hands onto the clock. Using the corresponding acrylic powder create a tiny bead at the center of the clock.\nUsing builder gel clear, create a dome over the clock face. Cure. Using the corresponding acrylic powder create a frame around each clock face. Some were created with metal beads, others created with a single ring of acrylic, others with beads of acrylic pressed out with a dotting tool.\n  

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Using clear acrylic powder, stick the individual pieces together.\nUsing the corresponding acrylic powder colors add beads of product onto the cogs and allow to start setting. Using a spatula create a line through the bead, creating the illusion of the top of a screw. Using black acrylic paint, shadow around the base of the screw. Place these randomly around the design. Using clear acrylic powder, secure the extension onto the extended basic nail.\n

Using clear acrylic powder, stick the individual pieces together.\nUsing the corresponding acrylic powder colors add beads of product onto the cogs and allow to start setting. Using a spatula create a line through the bead, creating the illusion of the top of a screw. Using black acrylic paint, shadow around the base of the screw. Place these randomly around the design. Using clear acrylic powder, secure the extension onto the extended basic nail.\n  

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The mask was created with odds and ends stuck onto a cardboard mask and sealed with bathroom latex filler. Paint the mask with bronze paint and allow to dry.\nUsing bronze acrylic powder, create additional curls, screws and details to fill up any open spaces. Using black acrylic paint shadow around the curls, screws and other details to add a vintage look.\n

The mask was created with odds and ends stuck onto a cardboard mask and sealed with bathroom latex filler. Paint the mask with bronze paint and allow to dry.\nUsing bronze acrylic powder, create additional curls, screws and details to fill up any open spaces. Using black acrylic paint shadow around the curls, screws and other details to add a vintage look.\n  

 
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Mixed Media     3d     steampunk     acrylic design     ntna

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KatieB - Commented 3 years ago
One of my absolute favourite pieces Tracey! So lovely to see how it was made xxx

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