Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Crafty : DIY Glitter Gauges

Back in 2005 I decided to gauge my ears to 00g, with the express intention of acquiring hanging white wings. (A decision I've never once regretted!) Somehow to this day I still haven't gotten my hands on a pair of gorgeous wings, but I have obtained many other cute gauges, both hanging and not.

Recently I inherited a pair of hanging, black spiral gauges. 

I love them! The only problem? The color got completely lost in my dark hair. 
That means it's time for a mini-makeover.

- Scissors
- Masking Tape
- Base Color Nail Polish 
- Glitter Nail Polish 
- Top Coat 
- Gauges
- Something to hang your gauges from while they dry (I used a laundry hanger, shown later in this post)
- Optional: Small paintbrush

The colors I used were : Sephora by OPI's "Frankly I Don't Give A-dam", Milani's "Diamond Dazzle", and Sally Hansen's "30 Second Topcoat".

* The gauges I painted were water buffalo horn. I'm assuming this would work for wood, acrylic, and plastic plugs as well, but I haven't tested this theory.

After you've cleaned your gauges with soap and water, and they're completely dry - cut two pieces of masking tape and use them to tape off where you want the color to start. (You may need more than one piece of tape to make sure the line is uniform around the curve of horn.) I opted to leave the part that would go through my ear bare, as I'm not too keen on the idea of absorbing nail polish chemicals through my skin.

Got that tape securely in place? Nice. Now it's time to slap on the first coat of base color - light grey in my case. I used the nail polish brush to paint the whole thing, and well... it definitely works, but it's a pain in the butt. It may be easier to use a small paintbrush, but I didn't think of that until after I was done. ^-^ Don't forget to paint the inside of the swirls, and try not to drop your brush or the gauges. (I dropped both, twice. Beware of carpet!)

Hang those bad boys up to dry!
Let them hang for 10-20 minutes, depending on how quick your brand of nail polish dries.

Time for the second coat of base color! 
This is somewhat optional if your polish is super opaque, but I chose to do a second coat for high gloss and intense color.

Hang those gauges up for the second time, for another 10-20 minutes.

Now it's glitter time. Use your glitter polish to go over your base coat, and don't forget about the inside of those spirals! (Feel free to do two coats of glitter if you wish, I only needed one.)

Hang those gauges for the third time! Let them dry for 10-20  minutes.

The finish line is in sight. Slap your top coat over the glitter layer, making sure to hit those tricky inside parts of the spiral as well.

Carefully peel off the tape.

Hang those gauges for the last time. If you've got a quick dry top coat, they should be done in about 10 minutes. I let mine sit for a few hours, just to be sure they were really dry. After that, you can go back and clean up any smudges along your cut off line with nail polish remover, if you feel so inclined. I didn't have too many smudges, so I let the imperfections stay.

You're totally done now, woo!

Time to show off your sparkly new gauges to the world!


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