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Post  kissmenow9 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:46 pm

I want to start frankening, I don't think I'd ever be able to set up my own line but there is a lack of UK indie polish makers Wink plus it looks fun!

Does anyone have any good 'how to' websites? Where can I buy suspension base? What about pigmenting my polishes? What size is best to start with? Where should I look other than ebay? Anything I need to know that could be important (can I blow myself up doing this? :p)?

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Re: Frankening

Post  TarasTalons on Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:05 am

Try this blog drfrankenpolish.wordpress.com unfortunately I found this AFTER I started frankening but there's good tips on there Very Happy

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Re: Frankening

Post  kissmenow9 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:18 am

Giving this a bump!

I'm scouring ebay for mica pigments today, I can't decide what ones I want! Where do people buy their glitters from? A lot of the ones on ebay say that they won't stay colour fast when suspended in polish.
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Post  LoolaBeanbag on Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:10 am

Hey frankenfiends, I have a quick question if you wouldn' t mind lending me a bit of your know how - I am unlikely to have time to go frankening any time soon but I have a few cheapie large glitter polishes that are quite sparse; could I buy some frankenfriendly glitter and lob it in to liven them up a bit? Thanks!
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Post  kissmenow9 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:11 am

LoolaBeanbag wrote:Hey frankenfiends, I have a quick question if you wouldn' t mind lending me a bit of your know how - I am unlikely to have time to go frankening any time soon but I have a few cheapie large glitter polishes that are quite sparse; could I buy some frankenfriendly glitter and lob it in to liven them up a bit? Thanks!

Yes! Or you could use the glitter in other colours that you like - The poundland ChitChat ones are great for mixing with other colours!
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Post  LoolaBeanbag on Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:34 am

Great! thank you. Best toddle off to eBay and have a little look then....! Very Happy
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Post  mmmmchocolate on Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:29 am

that's my plan too - I've got a couple of disapointingly sparse glitters and am planning on adding some more glitter to liven them up a bit Smile Just another one of the fun little projects I haven't got round to yet Smile
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Re: Frankening

Post  kissmenow9 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:15 am

Well today in poundland I picked up a frankeners dream - they had packs of 3 Collection 2000 fast dry polish (1 colour per pack) and they had loads of different colours! I've picked up a hot pink and a glittery gold. The bottles are the little ones but you don't need a lot of each colour - and even if I use a whole bottle in one colour, it only cost me 33p :p
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Re: Frankening

Post  Babafette on Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:57 am

I must admit the idea of frankening really appeals to me but I honestly wouldn't know where to start....... Shocked
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Re: Frankening

Post  polishedpurple on Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:12 am

I'm a total noob...what's frankening? Smile
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Post  Sarah on Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:29 am

polishedpurple wrote:I'm a total noob...what's frankening? Smile

mixing your own polishes, so adding glitter/pigment to an existing polish
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Re: Frankening

Post  ninjablossom on Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:05 am

i love this idea and the market is wide open in the uk - but that seems to be down to the lack of suspension base. I found a good blog (from head to foot - not sure if allowed to post links) that discusses all the options - looks like way to much hard work tho Sad Might stick with jelly glitter sandwiches for the moment. But be keen to hear how yours get on Smile
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Re: Frankening

Post  shoppingaddict on Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:11 am

ninjajane wrote:i love this idea and the market is wide open in the uk - but that seems to be down to the lack of suspension base. I found a good blog (from head to foot - not sure if allowed to post links) that discusses all the options - looks like way to much hard work tho Sad Might stick with jelly glitter sandwiches for the moment. But be keen to hear how yours get on Smile

Hi ninja! Welcome to the forum! What with all the recent Royal Mail etc issues, there is a market for UK indie polishes!! Links are always allowed here, so post away!
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Post  ninjablossom on Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:58 am

Smile

its this blog - gets pretty detailed, whey they start discussing high powered blenders I decided making suspension bases wasn't for me - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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Post  shoppingaddict on Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:28 am

Wow that was hard work, but the summary is I think we're stuffed!! Lol
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Re: Frankening

Post  kissmenow9 on Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:52 am

Come to the conclusion tonight that unless you have about a grand to spare and a lot of time, money and demand you're not going to break the UK market with indies.

Getting suspension base is the biggest problem, it's near impossible to get a small 'test' quantity and a lot of sellers are no longer shipping to the UK because of RM. The ones that are are using couriers like Fed Ex and require a massive amount - one I looked at wanted you to buy 2500ml of it as a minimum order which came to $850 AUSD WITHOUT postage. Then add the bottles, the glitter, the pigment amount you'd need for that amount of suspension base... And then shipping out costs, which is risky now because of RMs cracked down... Crying or Very sad
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Post  shoppingaddict on Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:57 am

Ouch!!! That's a lot of base!!!
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Post  ninjablossom on Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:04 am

so if making the stuff here doesn't work - a cheap way of importing US and OZ indies and distributing them might be a better idea? now any ideas how thats done?.. Cool
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Post  Jasmina on Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:24 am

kissmenow9 wrote:Come to the conclusion tonight that unless you have about a grand to spare and a lot of time, money and demand you're not going to break the UK market with indies.

Getting suspension base is the biggest problem, it's near impossible to get a small 'test' quantity and a lot of sellers are no longer shipping to the UK because of RM. The ones that are are using couriers like Fed Ex and require a massive amount - one I looked at wanted you to buy 2500ml of it as a minimum order which came to $850 AUSD WITHOUT postage. Then add the bottles, the glitter, the pigment amount you'd need for that amount of suspension base... And then shipping out costs, which is risky now because of RMs cracked down... Crying or Very sad

You need to get yourself some fumed silica. Mine arrived today and I have been experimenting. It's holding up really well, just fiddly and time consuming. If you were making a large batch to re-bottle it would be simpler and you would be able to work out quantities of powder to ml of polish.

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Re: Frankening

Post  kissmenow9 on Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:47 pm

Oh where did you get yours from?
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Post  Jasmina on Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:01 am

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