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Post  sandy2 on Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:08 pm

Hi everyone, what experiences do you have of creating your own polishes? I have been looking around for a red glitter in a transparent clear top coat, all I can find here in my part of Spain is a sort of sparkle in red polish, so I thought i might try to make make my own.
Do I just add christmas type glitter to a clear topcoat, shake and apply or is there more to it than that?
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Post  Jasmina on Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:36 pm

You need to test if you glitter bleeds, do a small small with you glitter and some clear nail polish. If the liquid remains clear you are fine to go ahead. I usually add glitter to existing polishes rather than clear as I find it suspends better as I don't have suspension fluid. Shake very vigorously if the glitter sinks to the bottle. Get small ball bearings to add tot he bottle to help with the shaking.

Apparently trag gum a cooking item can act as a suspension thickener but I have never tried it.
My Spectraflair topcoat needs a massive shaking but the prettiness is more than worth it.

For ultra glam glitter you could also try a red base coat colour, allow to dry then put a base top over it and loose dust your glitter on. Wait. While then brush over the excess and seal with a high shine top coat. Very simple but looks a,asking.

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Post  sandy2 on Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:36 pm

Thanks for the quick reply. Sorry to sound dim but ¨suspension fluid¨ & trag gum, sounds a bit too complicated for me. I just needed something quick and easy for halloween..Thinking along the lines of black with a red glitter over the top or as tips
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Post  starrystarry on Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:53 pm

I've tried adding glitter to clear polish once but like Jasmina said it just bled into the clear polish and looked a mess. I'd stick with loose glitter if I were you. You can buy some gorgeous ones on ebay for tuppence ha'penny. Like this one...

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Post  Sam on Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:58 pm

If you only want it for one manicure, maybe you could mix clear top coat and red glitter in a little dappen dish or something and use it straight away, as I've found it usually takes a few hours to start bleeding. I have no idea if this would actually work, but might be worth a try...?
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Post  sandy2 on Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:16 pm

starrystarry wrote:I've tried adding glitter to clear polish once but like Jasmina said it just bled into the clear polish and looked a mess. I'd stick with loose glitter if I were you. You can buy some gorgeous ones on ebay for tuppence ha'penny. Like this one...

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Thanks looks lovely but they want 3pounds to send it to me here in Spain. Might just try Sam´s suggestion.
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Post  starrystarry on Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:19 pm

Let us have a pic when you've tried it. I don't think I've ever tried red glitter over black.
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Post  sandy2 on Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:24 pm

I found this earlier this morning (after i posted), has a pic of multicolour over black
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