Tuesday, July 5, 2011

OMFGPonies- My Little Franken

Holy ponies on a BBQ, I am so, so giddy right now. Last night I was doing my nails with my frankened version of My Private Jet¹ when an idea hit me: I could franken the red-glitter-in-black-jelly polish I've been fantasizing about!

I know, I know. I've mixed my own colors more than once, so why was this such a breakthrough? I have no idea. All I know is the idea hit me like a bolt of lightning, and I immediately tweeted about it!


As you can see, Lisa from Shades of Magic absolutely LOVED my outburst, so I clearly had the name for this franken-to-be, if it turned out at all worth saving.

I knew what I wanted. I've seen several polishes lately that were red glitters in a black jelly base, but each of them had something wrong with them. So rather than keep waiting for the perfect one, I decided to try my hand at mixing what I considered the perfect polish.

See, you may have noticed by now, but I kinda have a thing for glitter. In fact, if you were to look through my box(es) of nail art goodies, you'd find more glitter than you know what to do with. Seriously, I've got over 20 different containers of loose glitter in different sizes and shapes, not counting glitter polishes, and I'm ALWAYS on the lookout for more! It's become an obsession almost, and I simply cannot get enough!

So, thanks to my stockpile of glitter, I was able to pull out three different red glitters, a russet red pigment, and a red glitter polish that I thought would all work together. I also grabbed my TKB glitter suspension base because I knew I wanted a sheer base, and a simple black no-name polish. I used very little black, because black is a very strong color that can easily overpower a polish quickly.

Instead of just jumping in and dumping a lot of stuff into a bottle, I started with one of my mixing cups. I used a dot of black, a dollop of clear suspension base, and a bit of all my glitters. After stirring it up, I was in love, and even though I didn't have the mix right, I knew I wanted a whole bottle of this one.

Onward to the polish. I went in very small quantities at a time, so I could change things if I wasn't happy. It took an hour of tweaking and shaking, testing and tweaking some more to come out with something I was happy with. But once I tested that last mix... omg, I knew this one would live up to its name.

Meet OMFGPonies, the first franken I've made that I am absolutely completely in love with. It's like a deep black cherry base with amazing glitterbits. And keep in mind that these photos really don't capture the depth of it. I need to shoot video in full daylight, but I was sick in bed all day and didn't get to it. Maybe tomorrow...

I absolutely love that as you turn the nail, you capture glints of microglitter peeking up through the sheer black base, russet shimmer catching the light and larger flakes of glitter reflecting a silvery red. My largest red glitter turned silver in the polish, but I knew that was a possibility, and I was ok with the concept if it did.

I love this polish, more than I can say. And the best part? I can make more... :D

You know, if I ever get the bits again.

Til next time...

¹ My version is called My Magic Bus, because it's magically delicious and much cheaper than taking a plane. :D

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14 comments:

  1. MissMidnightBlueJuly 5, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    you know I love it! ;)

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  2. i love it and i'm not a huge glitter fan yet.

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  3. WANTS!!! I so want that on my toes!

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  4. Can I ask what brands of glitters you use for your "ponies" and also is the suspension base a liquid or a solid? (Have no clue about frankening.) Thanks,Laynie.

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  5. Thank you so much everyone!! This just really reinforces to me that it is as special as I felt it was!

    Thalie- when you put glitter into clear polish, it sinks to the bottom. Polish for suspending glitter is different from plain clear, and has something else in it to help keep the glitter suspended. TKB sells a glitter suspension base that's already had whatever it needs done to it to suspend glitter, and it's a liquid clear polish.

    As for glitters, I've got a range of brands. Really, I tend to buy whatever I find (that I can afford) that has a good price and great color/shape/size. I have no idea about the brands anymore because I've stored them in little paint pots. But the first link I had about having a thing for glitter shows the main glitter I used for this. :D

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  6. Oh you know,Laynie, I just saw that packet of glitter at Michael's the other day!

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  7. Yep! That's where I got those glitters. I also have glitter that came from Dollar Tree (the big pieces that turned silver in OMFGPonies), silver holo glitter I bought 15 years ago at... I don't even remember, holographic glitter from Born Pretty. Lots of yummy goodies!

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