Tight Laced - Hermit Werds - steampunk corset with jeweled front panel and pocket watch
Tight Laced

Tight Laced

Hand me the prompts Metallic and Stripes and you can bet I’m going to come up with something steampunk first off and go with it. Fortunately I had a beautiful holographic brown metallic polish in my order from Shinespark Polish to play with. It was unfortunately dark outside when I painted it on my nails so I did the best I could to capture the holo with my Ott Light. It’s about as holographic as it gets before the base color starts to get muddied, which is the middle ground I prefer. Pictured is two coats. The polish has a thick formula and dries very quickly yet somehow doesn’t clump on me when I applied it. I kinda wish I’d bought more polishes from the collection now. 😉

Shinespark Polish - Smoky Quartz - Hermit Werds - swatch of polish on natural nails under a natural light bulb
Shinespark Polish – Smoky Quartz

Beautiful, right? Last time I posted a photo of Shinespark’s polish before I stamped over it, it got more likes on my Instagram than the nail art! Rude, guys! 😉

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Because before I could start painting my nails I had to glue the tip of my broken nail back on. After three weeks, my patch job had finally given out. That’s the longest any of my repairs has ever lasted. Reusable gel base polishes and doing nail art on false nails has really helped. Usually my patches last a week, week and a half. How long do your nail patches typically last?

Tight Laced - Hermit Werds - steampunk corset with jeweled front panel and pocket watch
Tight Laced

Now I have several stamping plates with corset patterns, but none that are striped. So I freehanded most of this and if you wanted to recreate this look, you could freehand all of it. In fact, using paint instead of the nail charm would make this even more day-to-day wear friendly because you wouldn’t have to worry about snapping it off or cleaning it.

So we have our base color down. To create the curve of the corset I painted liquid latex onto my nail in a curve and stamped a lace pattern in black for the background. I carefully removed the latex, then used metallic acrylic paint to draw the stripes on the corset and outlined those stripes with thin black lines.

For the front panel of the corset I used a nail charm and then scribbled a random curvy line pattern first in gold and then in black around it (if I were smarter, I would have done that and then glued down the charm). Finally, I double stamped a pocket watch onto my pinkie. You can stop there, but I wanted to add a little more depth. I used a frankenstein-ed black jelly polish on the background to make it recede and bring the corset forward more.

Tight Laced - Hermit Werds - steampunk corset with jeweled front panel and pocket watch
Tight Laced

I love steampunk a lot so feel free to check out all the steampunk nail art in the category. I’ll hopefully have more than just nail art in it someday.

For more beautifully striped nail art, check out what the Nail Crazies Unite participants did here:

If you just want more yummy metallic goodness, check out what the #31DC2017 participants did here:

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