Wednesday, February 13, 2013

F: Fish Braid Manicure

It's Wednesday again.  Time for "F" of the ABC challenge; F: for Fish braid mani.  Today's post is picture heavy so I'm going to stick to just this topic.  This was my first attempt at fish braiding. It wasn't too hard to do and turned out well.  I'll be doing this again in the future, with better colors.


Left Hand.

Right Hand.
I only did three nails because I ran out of nail polish strips.  Just as well, because I started to get tired...

So, how did I do this?

First I painted two coats of nail polish onto a plastic page protector and waited three hours for them to dry.
I used Color Club Style Icon (red), Revlon's Jaded Night (green), and Sinful Colors, Black on Black.


Then scraped up the rectangles of dried paint.  See?  They are like vinyl sheets.


Cut them into strips.


Applied one coat of base coat, then start placing the strips onto the nail in a braiding pattern, alternating the different colors.



Trim off the excess with a cuticle trimmer.
Clean up the cuticles with a brush and acetone.
Slap on a thick coat of top coat.
Viola! See below.


I used American Classics, Gelous base coat, and INM Out the Door top coat for this.

I'm so glad I finally got a chance to do this!  It was fun and the lines are nice and crisp.  I am pretty bad at nail art, so this technique is much easier for me to do.  I found out about this technique, I think from Sammasaurus at Nailasaurus....a long time ago... I'm too lazy to search for the link.

I love how this challenge is only once a week!  I've been enjoying just painting my nails and not taking photos every other day, for now. I'm going to go and see what the rest of the ladies in the challenge are up to!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

38 comments:

  1. Does anyone have a working code for F? I can get to E and G but not F....So sorry, someone help me!

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    1. My email is irelishnailpolish@gmail.com

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  2. Oh wow thats such a great idea using the fishbraid mani like that! How cool :D Love it Jenni. For the F code, instead of clicking on the link, copy it WITH the . at the end, it is a part of the link. It should work after then!

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    1. I tried that too, didn't work. Oh well.

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  3. Awww you sent me a tutorial for this a while back, and I thought it was a great idea ever since. You tried it out first! :p The result is great, the lines are crisp! I love it :D

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  4. Great job! I've been wanting to try this!

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  5. Wow that is such a cool idea!! I love the colours you chose it looks amazing!

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  6. I can't do any nice nail art with my right hand (I'm left handed). I saw tutorial on pinterest somewhere - wish I remembered where - about drawing nail art onto plastic like this. This is very cool - I may have to try the technique.

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    1. Yes I saw something similar too, on you tube. I want to try that too someday.

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  7. Woaaah, that's such a clean way to do it! Everytime I try doing something complicated, my cuticles are wrecked haha :P The colors you use here are so pretty <3

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    1. Yes, I heavily moisturize because the acetone is damaging. I add glycerin to my acetone too. That helps. Thanks Steamy!

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  8. Jenni this is genius! I am envisioning endless nail art opportunities with the dried polish sheets! Great job :) :)

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    1. Yes this is genius, whoever came up with the idea. I want to do a plaid manicure with the strips! :D

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  9. OMG, this is so cool! I haven't tried a fish tail mani, yet, but I think I need to soon!

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  10. I've only heard of the fish tail mani once but never tried it, I would be too scared lol. They came out great!!! Now I need to try it :)

    Kelly
    xoxo

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    1. Don't be scared! Just do one nail. If it doesn't work out there's always nail polish remover. Thanks Kelly!

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  11. Wow this technique looks easier than trying to do it by hand, great job'

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    1. Yes, I agree! I could not freehand this, no way!

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  12. Camo fish braid mani! I had heard of this technique once before and I really need to try that one!

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  13. That is so cool and it looks great! Good job! I gotta try that too sometime soon :)

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    1. Thanks Ria, you should try it! I'd love to see it!

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  14. Jenni, I've never before seen that technique, and I'm flabbergasted. Every fishtail mani I've done has ended up in the Big Fail Bin, not worth my time to pull out the camera and record it for posterity.

    But this? Your mani? You've inspired me to give it another shot!

    Happy Valentine's Day!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    Lisa

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    1. Thanks Lisa!!! You should definitely try this technique. If I can do this, anyone can!

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  15. Thank you for the tutorial, it's very helpful! I have to try this technique, I love the final result. :)

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    1. You are so welcome! Thanks for commenting!

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  16. Wow, very impressive! I'm not sure I have the patience for this technique but would sure like to try it someday.

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  17. I really dig this technique! I almost tried a fishtail braid mani but didn't want to deal with getting straight lines with my raging OCD. This is genius!!!!

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  18. This is so clever! Thank you for the tutorial I think I will need to try this!!

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  19. I never thought of doing a fishtail that way..it's genius! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. These look so cool, Jenni, and I love your technique--it's genius!! ^_^

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  21. Um, what an amazing idea!! I am super duper anal about straight lines and have tried this technique with very bad results, now I can totally try it!! Yayaya!! Beautiful!

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