Today, I'm bringing you something different...but first, I have a few questions.
Does anyone have any information on how nail stamping plates are made?
And- What type of outfit makes them? Machinist...something else?
Whose professional brain could I pick in regards to designing and the manufacturing of nail stamping plates?
Both my father and brother are Machinists. My father is Old School- does his drafting, measuring etc by his own 2 hands. His shop is filled with big clunky machinery that leaves Carbon, metal shavings, dirt and grime everywhere. And my brother- Modern Machinist- he plots everything into a computer. His shop (now closed) was cleaner than a hospital...everything was produced internally by very modern machines- from start to finish. He never had to "handle" an item.
Sadly, although talking to my brother would be the way to go, it is my last resort. We don't like each-other much and have a difficult time getting along.
While I have a decent collection of nail stamping plates, I am frustrated...I want more options. Larger, longer, bolder free-form images, stylized lines, shapes, curlicues...non-descriptive images that I can piece together.
*sigh*...not sure if I'm bringing it out right/making sense... here are some examples...
I'd like more hollow images that I can "color in", flowers with hollow centers, rings of dots in various sizes, rings of circles in various sizes, curving leaf branches, straight lines, zig-zags, curlicues/freeform in large, long size that's NOT part of a french tip. That's just for starters!
Asking for help here is a long-shot...looks like I'll have to psyche myself up to talk to my brother.
Soooo yah- here's what I have for you today...Rub-On stickers! I picked these up on clearance at Michaels. Although not specifically meant for nails, these crafting Rub-Ons are a creative alternative to *what is* available for nails. They're a bit tricky to use due to the fact that the images are meant to be applied to a flat surface, not to curved nails. I've used these crafting Rub-Ons several times and love them to pieces!
My daughter, Amber was all over this mani last night. I don't get to see her much these days, so I was a happy Mom when she asked for me to sit down with her so she could admire what she claims to be my best mani to date. Although I don't agree with her, I DO love it!
I finished this mani last night, and had to tweek the color in all the pictures. I waited until this morning to post so as to get some sun shots for color accuracy.
First 2 pictures taken in my light-box. Click to make 'em bigger!
I did not do a top-notch clean up, so please overlook.
Outside, shade and full sun...
BB Couture Stick Shift was a gift from Ange of Scandalously Polished. I went nutz over her swatch of it here. So awesome that she would remember that! Thank you Ange- I absolutely LOVE it!!!!!!!!! :*
She's definately a better Wicked Vixen than me...I promised her BleachBlack Dickweed ages ago and have yet to send it. Which brings me to something I need to bring out...
Whether it be gift or swap- if I say I'm going to send - you will get it. It's not a matter of IF, it's WHEN.
I do the work of 2 people at my job and have a household to run- busy beyond belief.
I am burned out. Broke down this morning and bawled my eyes out- exhausted, burned out, unhappy at my job. I'm at a point where I am wishing for sickness or getting hurt so I can get some time off. Pathetic. And I just got a call from the owner to come in early.
Anyway- back to nails!!!
2 coats BB Couture Stick Shift
fauxnad plate T33
stamped with Sally Hansen Gold Chrome
Craft Rub-On stickers from Michael's
2 coats Seche