Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dual System Forms

So after cruising the internet forever, I came across dual system forms. And yes, I'm well aware they're old news... but I really wanted to give them a try. So, I got my hands on a set of forms and have been messing around with them for the last few days. Jury is still out on if I like them or not. Honestly, it's been hit or miss on making nice nails with them. Yes there is no filing, well almost no filing... the top surface turns out nice and smooth, however the bottom surface isn't. Maybe it would be better if you actually glued a tip on first, and you'd have a smooth under-surface, but I'll save that for another day. So here's the down-low. You sculpt your acrylic directly into the mold instead of onto the nail. Cool right? It makes inlaying nail art, colored acrylic, or sculpting a smile line pretty easy. After you design the nail to your preference, you add clear or pink acrylic to the nail bed section of the nail and then press onto your clients natural nail. I'd suggest holding it down pretty firmly until it's mostly hardened. Once its completely hardened, you simply lift the nail form off the top of the nail, leaving a shiny smooth surface. Pretty nifty, but my results have been hit or miss. Maybe I just need more practice? Anyway, here are a few fun pictures.
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The above picture or an inverted mold with pink and white acrylic being applied to the nail. The mold is still on top of the acrylic.
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The above picture is the acrylic nail after the mold has been removed, but has not been shaped with a file yet. Pretty shiny for not being touched with a file yet isn't it?
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The finished pink and white acrylic extension. Done in less than 5 minutes. Not too shabby. Though as I said, I think that at the end of the day, I'm still happier with the traditional method of forms, or tips. But I'm always up for trying new things!

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