Thursday, September 22, 2011

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Black and Gold dry water marble

For my first day back at work last week, I wanted to have something a little fancy on my nails.  The best part is, someone noticed! She even knew it was water marbling!  She was wearing OPI black shatter over silver and showed me photos of her mani wearing CG ruby pumps.  It was so fun to have found someone at work that spoke the same crazy nail polish language as me!

Anyway, back to the mani.  On Sunday night I sat down to apply another dry water marble and here is the end result.  It's my best one so far and I loved it.


I had actually done a little water marbling session with my mum, where we tried different combinations, different brands of polishes and different stroke marks through the water.  So I had quite a nice little selection of round plastic marbling pieces to select from.  As you can see, I only had two black and gold ones to select from, and I ended up with more than half of one left.  So I love that this doesn't waste polish and the clean up was so easy!


If you didn't see my step by step guide to dry water marbling, then please check out my previous post about it.  Although please look at this final mani, as it was soooo much better than my original two that I did.  

I think the fact that the marbled plastic was nice and dry cause it had been sitting in my nail box for a week made a big difference with the top coat bubbling.  I didn't get any bubbles at all this time.  I also did a much better job at sticking the marbles down, using just one coat of polish underneath.  

Has anyone else tried dry water marbling yet?  How did it work out for you?

33 comments:

  1. I definitely want to try your version of water marbling, the regular way just seems too messy in my opinion. Your mani is gorgeous!!

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  2. No way I'm patient enough to give it a go, but what you've done is amazing!

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  3. Ooh this looks great! I once tried normal water marbeling ( but it didn't come out good) I must definitely try out this way!!

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  4. Wow, very well done - the colour combination is fantastic!

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  5. trying this is definitely on my nail to do list.

    The black and gold look awesome

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  6. this is awesome!!! I love you dont waste polish..m gonna try!!

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  7. Just a question: in ur tut u state that both the water marble and ur nail base shud be dry. So do both need to be completely dry or tacky?

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    1. I understood from her article the design on the plastic should be very dry. The fingernail polish top coat must be somewhat tacky so the dried polish on the plastic (that you will rip off the fingernail in one quick motion after smoothing it down) will stick to the tacky fingernail.

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  8. i love, love, love how this mani looks *.*
    i must try this :-D

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  9. So cooooooool!
    I'm a big fan!!
    I need to try this technique!

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  10. Kejal - I recommend your base be 95% dry. If I left it too tacky I found that marble just lifted the polish off my nail, rather than the nail pulling the marble off the plastic. But there was one nail where the polish was too dry and it just wouldn't stick, so I put a second coat on and waited a few minutes.

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  11. I've tried marbling the 'regular' way before and it turned out great, but I did find that certain polishes work better than others when it comes to spreading out on the water. The ones that worked great were the China Glaze OMG collection.

    I do like your technique though and will have to try this next time!

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  12. nailXchange - I will have to try the OMG collection, especially as this was wont waste that precious polish. Thanks for the rec.

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  13. That's absolutely stunning! Nice job.

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  14. This look is amazing! I love it!

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  15. This is incredible! I am running over to the other post to see how to do it. :))

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  16. Awesome! You're so making me want to try this and make a bunch at a time so they're ready whwver I want a marble. Thanks again for the tutorial in your previous post.

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  17. Very pretty! Love the combo of black and gold.
    Thanks for the tutorial also, I have been trying to figure out how to pick up the image without ruining it and yours is the perfect solution :D

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  18. Thiis is som cool... Thank you for sharing

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  19. Thank you! Only one water marble I've ever done worked, have to try this now. :o)

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  20. Ok!! Soo today is the big day I m doin this!! wish me luck!!! :)

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  21. I absolutely loved this! I had the hardest time doing it the other way and buy semi-expensive nail polish... I'm so glad that I don't have to waste it now! I feel okay with experimenting now and I love the way my nails look! Thank you so much ^-^!

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  22. I will have to try this even though I have pretty much perfected the water marbling. I do my niece's nails every week and at least two of them want marbled. I have found when marbling the best way to avoid a big mess is to apply vaseline around the nail and up to the second knuckle on their finger (as they don't get not 'overdipping' lol) and simply wiping the polish off after the dip is complete.

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    1. Elmer's white school glue applied outside the nail and toward the knuckle, allowed to dry, will peel off easy.
      Hint: I paint my clean nails with two thinner coats of Elmer's and allow it to dry before applying any number of coats of polish. It will allow an easy way to remove your polish after several days' wear. Just peel ot off starting at the base or the side of your nail. Works great with all polishes, even glitter!

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  23. Ooooh, I am so trying this! I love water marble, but I too hate the mess and I really hate wasting so much polish :/ Thanks for the detailed instructions - I can't wait to do this :)

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  24. I know this is an old post of yours... but, I just came across it now in Jan 2014! Just want to say... YOU ARE A GENIUS!!!! Thank you so much for this invaluable tip!!! ♥

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