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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What I've been up to...plus 8ty8Beauty Supply review

Hi Kids!
No art today...I've been rather busy creating a new and improved fauxnad/konad plate holder! As opposed to the last time I built one, this time, I put more thought into designing the holder with room for expansion. I also used a pre-fab "material" for the plate tracks, instead of using wood. It's called Lattice Capping.
(Made of a plastic resin, it is used for capping off the free edges of PVC Lattice. (There is a C track -for capping, and an H track for joining panels of lattice.) I LOVE this stuff! I have used it for its' intended purpose and also for unintended ones. When I installed a new 2 person Garden Tub a couple of years ago, I used this stuff to construct tracks for sliding doors at the base of the tub, and to cap off the free edges of the faux leather panels I made into doors).

As you will see below, I moved my plate display holder to the right of my mani desk. It now sits on a dresser (full of fabric for corsets). A hutch containing sewing related items takes up half of the room on the dresser. Actual size of my plate holder is 43" long, 12" wide and 6" high. Note the profile in the third picture...I needed to do a lot in a small space and the doors to my hutch could not be blocked. By angling the base for each track I was able to keep this low so the doors swing without obstruction. The angling also allowed for more tracks WITHOUT sacrificing the ability to see each additional row of plates!
Before I installed the lattice tracks, I cut 3/8ths of an inch off 1 side so the images on my plates could be seen without picking them out of the track. I did this with a heavy duty cut-off wheel on my Dremel.








































My old plate holder sat on the shelf where the random polishes and three baskets are located.( I'm going to install those baskets up at the side of the hutch)




































Did you happen to notice my new tool?














It's the Medicool Pro Power 30K Professional File!!!
This is going to make the most of my time in doing my own acrylics. No more cuticle wounds from aggressive hand filing, and less hours spent overall!!!

I purchased this file on 5/14 from 8ty8 Beauty Supply for an amazing price- $218.00 USD!
It arrived yesterday, 5/18.
Based on my first experience with 8ty8 last year, I was thinking that it might take up to 2 weeks, and was a bit reluctant to place an order. I could not find another e-tailer to beat the price, so I ordered-but had reservations.  A day or two after, I was surprised to find an invoice in my email, and even more surprised that it had already shipped, and was almost here!

When I make up my mind to purchase a higher ticket item, I want it "now- or yesterday". In this instance- with 8ty8, I feel as though they did just that! In the past, they were the last e-tailer I'd consider for an online purchase. You can bet 8ty8 Beauty Supply is going to get dibs on my online purchases from now on!

17 comments:

babbling brooke said...

wow, loving all of your polish organization!!  the way you are organizing your stamping plates is AWESOME!

Colette said...

I think 8ty8's speediness really depends on how busy they are - if you order right after new collections have become available or something, seems to take longer & you might end up with colors that you wanted out of stock by the time they get around to pulling your order.  But they have great prices, and often they have things available that others don't.  I've had both good & bad experiences with them.

Colette said...

Oh, PS - LOVE the image plate display!!  I wish I had the room for something like that /sigh mine are all in a pile in the top drawer of my Helmer LOL

l0verlada said...

Guess I might have to give 8ty8 another try...

EvilAngel said...

I love your plate holder it looks awesome!

iceomaticsnails (Liz) said...

I love your station!  Great work.  I love that drill!  It'll make a huge difference in time!  

ange-marie said...

you stash gives me a polish-hard-on. seriously.  and that plate holder is badass

you-nailed-it.blogspot.com said...

WOW.
i thought i had a lot of polish! haha you defenitely top me!


i have a give away on my blog. everyone can enter!

xx

loko said...

i love you. you are such an inspiration.

i am ever envious of your workspace. so glamourous.

also, what type of nailpolish do you use with your ko/fauxnads?

thriszha said...

wow!! im so jealous with ur collections!!

mae espiritu said...

i love the way you organize your stuff.. amazing! very huge collection of plates and nail polish! ;)

nihrida said...

You're so crafty and your collection of polishes and plates is breath taking. =)

Mary Ann Mailhot said...

Your nail area is awsome love it .  

Arrianne said...

Can I just curl up on top of your desk there and just look at all the pretties?

makeupgirl21 said...

You just after amazing ideas.  Shame you can't manufacture this and sell to all who need this.

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