Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Glitter Week: Frankening

Most of you know what it means, but for those who don't, the term frankening refers to mixing colors and/or loose glitter.  The problem is that some loose glitters melt or bleed.  If they melt, the can be used for sprinkling (which I'll show tomorrow) if they bleed then the glitter looses a bit of color into the base and if it was clear to begin with, then you end up with a colored nail polish, and with a less intensely-colored glitter in it.  Yesterday's franken was made with a glitter nail polish from Claire's, all I did was add some blue and red cremes to it.  For today's franken I used loose glitter on a clear base, this one bleeds a bit, but it was ok because I liked how the base color turned out.  If the glitter does not bleed it's a bonus, and it can be used as a layering nail polish.  The second problem is that glitters sink to the bottom, so I recommend using a "suspension base", Orly Etoile, Orly Love Each Other or Sally Hansen Hard as Nails 300 Rock Candy.  If you have free time, I highly recommend this activity.

Layering Order:
Qtica Basecoat
1 coat no name pink glitter franken
2 coats Glitter Tamer
Barielle Manicure Extender
Orly Drying Drops

BONUS PICTURE - Recipe is equal parts of these glitters added to TKB suspension base


  1. Awesome franken! I can't wait to start frankening! Do you know any good websites to order different types of glitter from? I'm thinking about ordering some empty bottles and bases from TKB.

    I've also tagged you for a couple awards:

    1. Hi thanks! I have no idea, I got these at Michael's and everytime I go to a beauty supply store I look for loose glitter to franken with :)

  2. This is gorgeous!!! I love it!

  3. I love the jelly finish that bleeding glitters can give. This is a gorgeous looking franken.

    1. Thank you! I'm glad you approve ;) it's a one coater too!

  4. Gorgeous franken! So sparkly and pink! :D