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Friday, 27 April 2012

How I Make My Franken

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!!


20 comments:

  1. Wow thank you so much for this! I'm hesitant to give frankening a go but you make it seem so easy.

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  2. I love you for posting this. I am in love with this franken and would love to make one. ^_^

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  3. You made frankening sound so easy. I might give it a try... some day :D

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  4. Great post. I'll definitely be frankening more in future :)

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  5. Those are the polishes I use for frankens too! Nice and cheap but pretty effective. I haven't made any I like enough to post yet though. Your blue one is beautiful :)

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  6. Thanks for such a great tutorial! I have to try this when I have some free time. The polish you made is gorgeous! :)

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  7. Really interesting, thanks for sharing x

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  8. This is such a great idea! I llove it and i'm following you! Great blog!

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  9. Thanks for sharing this useful information. I've purchased recently some franken supplies , hope it goes well ;)

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  10. Please let us know how you get on with the solvent resistant glitters.

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  11. I have been looking around for posts like this! I want to try to make my own too! I just can't bring myself to pay 10+ bucks for a bottle of polish plus tax & S+H. I will eventually try this! Thanks for the info! Very helpful!

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  12. great post, ive been toying with the idea for a while, are you gonna start making customs???

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  13. That's great, thank you! I live in Sweden so shipping cost is an issue for me too. I do like the idea of doing my own Frankenpolishes. But I don't really know where to buy all the nice glitters and stuff. Ebay is great but too bad it's not the best quality.

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  14. Great post. I too live in the UK and have come across the same problem as there are no UK suppliers (for the general public) that sell the suspending nail polish! The USA seem to get it all lol.

    Just out of interest, have you tried adding glitters to coloured polish, I wonder what would happen?

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  15. Hi from Texas!I actually purchased a frankening kit through Girly Bits! I have not used it.. I'm scared of making mistakes :/. It came with a pretty big bottle of suspention base and your choice of pigments and base polishes, empty bottles with balls already inside. The colors I chose are beautiful I'm just not sure if I need to add suspension base with the pigments even if I'm adding the pigments to nail polish? Or do you only add the suspension base if your making a clear or sheer with glitter??? I'm confused. I know I should judt give it a go but I have not & that is why I keep searching sites for Frankening How to's....Youmust check out Girly Bits if you haven't already!! Keep up the good work!!!

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  16. Hi from Texas!I actually purchased a frankening kit through Girly Bits! I have not used it.. I'm scared of making mistakes :/. It came with a pretty big bottle of suspention base and your choice of pigments and base polishes, empty bottles with balls already inside. The colors I chose are beautiful I'm just not sure if I need to add suspension base with the pigments even if I'm adding the pigments to nail polish? Or do you only add the suspension base if your making a clear or sheer with glitter??? I'm confused. I know I should judt give it a go but I have not & that is why I keep searching sites for Frankening How to's....Youmust check out Girly Bits if you haven't already!! Keep up the good work!!!

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  17. hi do you sell your varnish.. if so do you have to put ingredients on the bottle thank you x

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  18. hi do you sell your varnish.. if so do you have to put ingredients on the bottle thank you x

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