Valentines day nails with bullion beads

January 24th, 2013

Hello,
Today I want to show you my new Valentines Day Nail Design.
Recently I saw a lot of Caviar Nails so I bought some bullion beads for nail art.

bullion beads for nail art

Some of them are opaque other are transparent. I was really happy with them until I noticed that some colours of the beads are bleeding out after contact with my top coat. It happened when I was adding them onto the nails I made last time. I wanted to upgrade my old design and then the disaster came…

Bleeding out bullion beads

I put purple bullion beads straight onto the wet top coat. When I started to shape the heart in the middle I noticed that purple bullion beads are bleeding out. I was so unhappy because there was no good way to fix this.

Well, the ruined nails are of course not the end of the world. It is a good reason to make new ones :) So I made this

Valentines day nails with bullion beads
For the base and the hearts I used acrylic paint. These paint has some tiny lumps in it so the nail surface is a bit uneven. I actually like it because it gives the rustic finish (it reminds me of oil paintings on canvas). Than I painted the nails with top coat and put bullion beads (not bleeding ones) on the edges of the hearts.

Nail caviar

To keep bullion beads in place I dropped small amount of polish inside the heart area. This sealed the edges of the bullion beads heart. I was very careful not to pour the polish outside the hearts or over the bullion beads and also to secure every little bead. Then the drying time was sooo long, so I was happy that I made this design on glue on nails not on my natural :)

Nail art with bullion beads

The one more thing which I don’t like about the bullion beads I bought is that the beads are not equal size. I guess if you are making caviar nails fully covered with bullion beads the difference in beads size is not so important (maybe it is?), but if I make lines with beads I want them equal othervise lines look wavy and not so nice. You can see it on the heart made on index finger nail.

Do you use bullion beads for the nail art? I know that it takes forever to work with them, but I think that the end effect is so lovely!

Thank you for coming!

2 Responses to “Valentines day nails with bullion beads”

  1. Sunny says:

    Aww, I’m so sorry to hear about the bleeding (though honestly I can’t see the problem on the picture)! The set you made is so fun and the colors really pop! Really wish I had the skills or patience for this ;)
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