The Tuesday before Christmas, Mandy, one of my servers, gifted me this box of fantastic shedded snakeskins. She found them in a pile under the crawlspace of her house, and thought that I would like to "do something creative" with them.
According to my husband- these are sheds from a very large Pine Snake. While I'm not afraid of snakes per se, I certainly would not like to share my living space with them- even if it's outside and under the house.
Anyway, as soon as I saw these, I knew I'd be putting them on my nails. Looking at them up close- they are very, very cool, iridescent. I knew right away that I would be using a duochrome as the base...something just as cool and as exotic. Rimmel Zeitgeist was the first that came to mind. And although I played around with sampling other polishes like Nfu-Oh flakies and glitters, Zeitgeist won in the end.
So- I have one coat Zeitgeist over my old Love Bites, Purple Haze mani.
One coat Poshe, and while still wet, I applied the shed, pressing down firmly.
Once dry, I trimmed the skin to fit my nail.
3 coat of SV
Call me weird, but I LOVE this look! As I type, the free edges of the skins are coming up a bit (shrinkage?), so I don't think this mani will last very long. I am saving these sheds and will try again using glue to secure them to my nails instead of using a topcoat. I am also toying around with the idea of removing my current acrylics and having a new set put on with these skins embedded in the tips.