3d Bumble Bee Nail Art

Allo polish Pals!

How are you all doing today? I hope you are having an awesome week so far.

Two more days left at work and then a nice two day weekend. I got pulled into work last Sunday, I received a phone call from my manager about 9.30am. I was already up.. but I ummed and ahhed.. I figured that they must be really short staffed to call me in so I went into work.

But this weekend I am looking forward to two whole days of family time, painting and of course the royal wedding is this weekend. I DO want to see what Meghan's dress is like, is anyone else curious?!

Today's nail art is...er. Hit and miss and very experimental. I'm not sure how I feel about it.











The reason I am not sure about this design is because.. no faces. I tried to paint some cute little faces onto the bee's but it just wasn't happening. I think that throws the whole design. I am pleased with the thumb bee because I am happy with how his wings turned out. I'll explain how I made them in a second.

So for this design I began with an entirely clean, blank canvas. I used OPI's Nail Envy base coat and once dry applied two coats of ORLY's 'White Tips'. I allowed a little time for this to try (hardly though, the Breathable formula dries so fast!) Once everything was dry I moved in with my acrylic paints, creating a blue to light blue acrylic-gradient to make my sky. I used my Pure Color brush in a size 10 for all the details.

The bee's are made from polymer clay, I made them into little pill shapes and baked them in the oven for 20 minutes. Once cooled I painted them with stripes and allowed the paint to dry. In the mean time I created the wings by smearing a small amount of gel to a plastic polly pocket (the plastic things you put paper in) and cured it under my UV lamp. I then added a mixture of Barry M's 'Diamond Glitter' and Polish Me, Royalty's 'Unicornicopia' to give the wings some glitter.
I added one more layer of gel and cured for a final time.

To add the bee's onto my nails I used a fairly old, very tacky top coat. Using a dotting tool I applied a blob of top coat where I would be placing my bees.

3D nail designs are so much fun, there's a lot of preparation and planning that goes into them before you start painting. Sometimes they rock, sometimes they suck. I would say this design is somewhere in between as I don't like it as much as my sushi nail art I posted recently.

What do you thin k of this unusual design? Bumble bees – cute or scary!?

Have a wonderful day my loves, thank you so much for stopping by and enduring some more of my crazy. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, I'll see you on Monday!




Love,
Ithi
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9 comments

  1. Indeed experimental with bumble bee. Fun to watch. Though I may not like to have bumble bee on my nail because personally bee does not attract me. Butterfly does.But I like greatly the wings of your bumble bee.

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  2. I hope you're enjoying your weekend off! I also watch The Royal Wedding. It was amazing. I really love the bees especially their wings. So creative, as usual.

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  3. These are great. I love how the bumble bee is 3d how very creative indeed. Well done!

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  4. They're definitely cute! I would probably fail more than you in the drawing-the-face section so if I end up recreating these for my nails and for the kids, I'd skip the same part. But I'll try to use the same brands you mentioned.

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  5. I like how you are so honest about your designs and don't try to pretend they are all perfect (as in making them)... Does the polymer bee fall of easily?

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  6. Love bumble-bee part, something so new and 3D, for once it look so real. very creative and cool.

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  7. Wow! what fabulous precision. This would definitely be a hit at teen slumber parties!

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  8. I think I would have rather faces painted o your bees indeed. No that I don't find your idea so original and perfectly executed! I just happen to love the nice expressive faces you come up with!

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  9. I love it. I love this. You are so talented but I am sure you already know that. Great post

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