Monday, July 23, 2012

DIY Nail Stampers

Hey guys! I came up with a really awesome (and easy) tutorial! It's how to make your own nail stampers!


1. To start, you're going to need something known as plastic clay. Well known brands are Sculpey and Fimo and they are available in most craft stores, such as Michael's and Curry's. Make a ball of the clay.
2. Roll the ball out until it is a couple millimeters thick.
3. Next you will need something to imprint onto the clay. I'm using the handle of a clay tool, but you can use lace, needles, toothpicks, etc. 
4. Gently imprint the object into the clay, ensuring it isn't too deep. I carefully rolled the handle into the clay. Now bake the clay in the oven according to package directions. Mine baked for 10 minutes at 275 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Now for the How-To on using the stamper.
5. Paint your nail. I used two coats of Stone Cold from the China Glaze Hunger Games collection.
6. Apply a nail polish to the stamper. Make sure it is a thicker, opaque polish. I used Whirlwind White from Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. Scrape of excess polish. I used a piece of cardboard, but if you own actual stampers (which I don't), you can use the scraper.
7. Press a make-up sponge onto the design, then press onto your nail. 
8. Remove the sponge. Allow the design to dry, then top coat.

My design was snake skin, but experiment with different textures!
Go ahead and email photos or post links of your own DIY nail stampers! Happy creating!

4 comments:

  1. I love this! I used this technique to make a stamp of a snake skin like you but I also used it to make little flowers and random doodles so my mom can do her nails now lol. Great idea!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you like it!

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    2. No problem! I really liked your other work as well! You're *very* talented. Especially to think you're around my age (I assume so because you're in high school). Keep up the amazing work!:)

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    3. Thank you! It's awesome to get good feedback!

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