Hi everyone, ever since I posted about the few frankens I made, I received lots of compliments which brought me so much joy, thank you all who liked them! At the same time I received some enquiries as to how I make my franken, so I think it's better I dedicate a post to this topic.
First of all, I must declare I am a complete amateur in this area. I am just getting a feel for it and everything is in experimental stage. So this is by no means a tutorial but a sharing on what I did so far. If any veterans came across this post and you spotted any way of improvement or have any recommendations on franken suppliers, please drop me a line. Thank you so much xx
For the base, I simply used clear polish I bought from Boots during their 3 for 2 sale.
Because clear polish tends to be quite sheer, I added a tiny amount of xanthan gum as suggested in some YouTube tutorials. As far as I know, commercial nail polish utilize a suspending agent 'stearalkonium hectorite' so that glitters will suspend in the polish but unfortunately it's not easily available to the general consumer. So xanthan gum is the more accessible choice for us.
I got mine from eBay for a few pounds but frankly, I don't see it dissolving into the polish and this can be a source of grittiness as well. And most important of all, the glitters still separate and settle at the bottom. Ironically, I still religiously added it to my franken!
Stainless steel balls, also from eBay. They help mixing up the glitters. I heard stainless steel is better than the chrome-plated ones as the latter is less solvent resistant.
So these are the glitters I used for this franken. There are large (3mm), medium and small hexagons as well as some square and rhombus shaped glitters. I pre-mixed them first and pour them into the polish using a paper funnel.
Most of the glitters were again bought from eBay. I don't think they are solvent resistant at all as the clear polish just turned blue within an hour. But I did purchase some solvent resistant ones from glitties.com, hopefully they will do a better job.
Last step, shake the bottle like crazy and woolaa, a franken baby was born!!
I have been eyeing some indie polish brands for quite some time, but everytime I looked at them, I just couldn't bring myself to actually purchase them due to the shipping cost. I live in the UK while almost all the indie brands originate in the US, the rather expensive shipping charge and long waiting time just turn me off. That's why I prefer DIY. Besides, this is something I really enjoy!
So would you rather buy or make your own franken?
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!!