Thursday, 30 June 2011

Holo is My ...

Look, I'm wearing yellow! What's going on? And why won't this post show up in Google Reader if I have the word Crack in the title?

Collection 2000 Hot Looks 22 Oh La La.

No, I've not gone back to chain-smoking, instead I am wearing Collection 2000 Hot Looks Oh La La, a pearly golden yellow that simply isn't my colour whatsoever. Don't even know how it came to be in my possession, must have borrowed it from someone. Sorry if it's yours, you can have it back. I'm so far out of my comfort zone right now that I am situated somewhere near Neptune.

Back to the polish - application was not a problem, four coats were needed for opacity and drying time was utterly ridiculous -- it refused to dry and stayed in an uncured state for most of the evening, so possibly the formula has gone off. It is old and a bit smelly.

I'd read about Custom Painting Pearls and their holographic flakes over at Blingernails (thanks Missus Blingernails, you're my hero) and naturally ordered a nice 25g bag. That's a lot of bling :) Immediately after delivery I got to the mad experimentation and managed to produce this franken of Laura Paige Black Crackle and holographic flakes, which are more like tiny holo glitters.

Holo is My Crack franken. It's not really working as it should

I had to add a lot of the holo glitter to get the final effect, which wasn't all that (but better than the above pic). The glitter also left the franken rather dense and hard to work with, and the amount of glitter added affected the cracking and it didn't crackle as much -- the W7 Earthquake Silver hardly cracked at all with the added holo.

The franken was very powdery, had the same texture as dried cement and needed several layers of top coat to bring out the bling. It wasn't all that holo-y but I still named it 'Holo is My Crack'.

Now with added Spectraflair top-coat and a nice tip-chip

I did initially give the crackle the Spectraflair treatment but it didn't show up at all, which was a bit gutting as crackle would look AWESOME with linear holo. So I chucked some Spectraflair top-coat over it.

TOP TIP: Has your Spectraflair polish gone horribly wrong? Never fear, put some thinner in the bottle, let the Spectraflair sediment settle to the bottom and then pour out the contents onto a paper towel. The paper towel should absorb a lot of the thinned polish, leaving you with a pretty pile of Spectraflair on the towel and in the bottle.


Irishenchantment said...

this is pretty on its own but awesome looking with the shatter polish over it :)

shel xx

Amber said...

Amazing tip for getting your Spectraflair back :D

Audrey L said...

Um wow!! That is so amazing and pretty! Want want want :D

Sara ♥'s ... said...

WOW I also had a idea to make myself a holo crackle but never got round to it. So glad you tried it out =] A shame about the spectraflair not showing up, but still it looks AWESOME! =]
And thanks for the tip on retrieving the pigment back!

Wendy said...

I love it! It looks like a glittery giraffe. :)

Awards? You got some!

Stompy Boot said...

Thank you muchly everyone \o/

@Amber @Sara Yeah, had to come up with a Spectraflair rescue plan as I put so much in some other crackle.

@Wendy Wow, thanks ever so much for teh award, and the thought of glittery giraffes :)

BlingerNails said...

I'm glad you liked my post :) yeah its a big bagful of bling (works great for dipping tips as well ;P) xxx LOVE the crack franken and the yellow :)

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