Saturday, September 10, 2011

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Crystallized pumpkin - Spectraflair franken

I don't think I've ever seen an orange holo, so I thought I would have to try it.  

Today's creation I've called 'Crystallized Pumpkin" and again I'm really happy with it.  In fact I think frankening with Spectraflair is one of the easiest ways to franken, and you almost always end up with a good result.  Just remember to dilute any cream polishes down with clear and you really can't go wrong.  I've only ever created two total franken fails (which I emptied into a plastic bag, let dry and tossed out). Both of them were attempts to create a white holo.  I'm still determined to make one though.

Anyway, back to Crystallized Pumpkin.  I think this would be a great Halloween mani, even though we here in Australia don't really get into the whole Halloween thing.  Although I have to say I kinda wish we did.  I've always been one who'll happily dress up for an occasion, and with two littlies, I reckon it would be load of fun.

Here is the recipe, using a 5ml bottle (so multiple for a bigger bottle)
  • 10 drops of Kleancolor metallic mango
  • 2 drops of Kleancolor metallic yellow
  • 4 drops of Kleancolor metallic orange
  • fill the remainder of the bottle with clear.
  • 3 incy wincy straw spoonfuls of Spectraflair coarse grade
Yep, I know, I used the Kleancolor metallics again.  But when you're on a good thing, why change it, right?


  1. Lovely! I'm not an orange fan generally, but this looks awesome.

  2. Your frankens are Fab! I have just received my spectraflair and am dying to start..Excuse my ignorance but why all the clear polish? Can you put 3 scoops of spectraflair straight into a bottle of colour?

  3. cakesby - it depends on what the colour is. It does need to be sheer or a jelly-ish finish otherwise the spectraflair just wont sparkle as much. You are better off diluting it with clear and having to wear three coats for opacity, than just adding it to a solid colour.

    My rule of thumb is if the polish is a one or two coater, dilute it because it wont look any good.

    If the polish needs 3 or more coats, then that would be ok to add the spectraflair to straight.

  4. oh snap, I frankened an orange holo today too.....yours is better though ;-)

  5. I was a little wary when I saw you were showing an orange holo! But this is awesome!

  6. What a unique shade - thanks for sharing the recipe!

  7. This orange holo is freaking sick!!! I love it!!! U are killing me!!!

  8. Wow I asked for an orange holo yesterday. Cathy waved her magic one and poof! I got one today hahaha!
    My new wish is side by side comparison shots of your spectraflair frankens with similar colours of the Nfu Ohs, OMGs, Ozotics, etc :-)

  9. Love it, of course. The Halloween thing is as much fun for adults as it is for kids. intriguing to know why y'all don't down under. :)

  10. It's so pretty! I tried making an orange with spectraflair and it was a huge fail. I turned it into a green instead somehow, haha. I guess maybe the color I was using wasn't vibrant enough or something because it just looked sort of muddy.

  11. OMG, that is a gorgeous franken! I can't wait until after our move so I can start playing with my nail polishes again!

  12. I love this! I've been using only creme/jelly finishes with spectraflair because I thought the metallic finishes might not work. I've been very cautious since I don't want to waste ingredients. I really do appreciate you sharing your results and recipes with us!

  13. Complete awesome sauce! I had the idea to make an orange holo a couple months ago but it never really worked out for me. Yours looks gorgeous!

  14. I've wanted an orange holo for ages! Definitely another one for me to try!

  15. I had no idea mere mortals could buy spectraflair! WANT!


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