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3D acrylic nail art?
#1
3D acrylic nail art? and have been teaching myself nail art and acrylic nail art. I have a couple of questions, my instructors are not really into that stuff.

1. Is this a time waste? Is there any demand for this? I know there are molds and glue ons so maybe nobody wants sculpted nail art.

2. I have been having a hard time with how thick my flowers are. Does anyone here have any tips or know of any good books/ videos/ tutorials?

3. Will having this skill help me get a job?

Thanks for reading. I have posted in a couple other forums with no luck so far =\
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#2
I am married to a fairly well-known nail artist, who has run her own salons in Sweden and Ukraine but today develops our products and educates our Educators.

Our experience is that it's difficult to make money directly from nail art - most customers won't pay enough for your time, especially if the design is complex (such as 3D acrylic). However, we found nail art to be a great marketing tool. Firstly if you develop your skills to a fair level, customers will see you as a specialist - even if they won't buy it. Iryna's customers always used to ask to see her latest work. You can put the examples in a nice picture frame and put this on your salon wall.

Most nail magazines are hungry for new nail art work. Create some photo's or tutorials, and in time they will publish. Cut the article out the magazine, put in a picture frame and put that on the salon wall! Now you look even more of a specialist.

Of course, nail art is never a substitute for making high quality nails. IMO, too many techs jump into nail art before mastering sculpting to a high level. Sculpting and gel polish will be your bread and butter, so reaching a point where you can do a good job quickly, is your first priority.

As for 2, most people struggle because they use lousy brushes. Good 3d brushes are not so easy to find. We make some, but don't sell in the US so others here can recommend. Also have a look at this video where Iryna makes a 3D design and watch her technique. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VsMO88FC...SA&index=1

I am not sure that I would start with 3d acrylic as my first nail art choice. Hand painting is more versatile, as can be done on natural nails, gel/acrylic/gel polish and is also used to enhance other designs (like 3d acrylic, gel design, etc). In Europe, we see that One-Stroke nail art is very popular - it's fast to do and you can do as little or as much as the customer wants.



Iryna Giblett Nail Products Inc., Sweden
http://www.irynagiblett.com
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#3
Thank you so much for responding! I have been using OPI artist series brushes because that is what I got in my kit at school. I will look into different brushes.

I jumped right into nail art because I love it and I am good at it for a beginner. I am going to start focusing on my enhancements now for a while. I have also been practicing one-stroke naill art and I love it. I just wish there were workshops in my area or instructors at my school who have more of a passion for nails.

I have just been confused about which products to use, which techniques are best, and finding that info has been very overwhelming. I have so much to learn.

I will definitely look into your wife's videos too.
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#4
We haven't used OPI's brushes - but I would be surprised if they were not good. They have some talented people working for them.

As you will find, there is always more to learn - regardless of your level. New techniques or idea's come out - so it's always interesting and challenging to keep ahead.
Iryna Giblett Nail Products Inc., Sweden
http://www.irynagiblett.com
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#5
@Bob: That is some really great advice.

Look up naiouk youtube channel. She does a great job of explaining how to wait for the bead to get to the right consistency and such. I use a b-r-s 3-d brush.
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#6
i'm also new to acrylic and would love your input on what products ,brushes etc i have to buy to start practising.i heard that if you put acetone in the acrylic liquid it slows down tha drying time and gives you more time to play around.is that true?also do i have to buy a different liquid for every powder i use or coloured powders can be used with any liquid?
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#7
(10-21-2013, 10:55 AM)tsita78 Wrote: i heard that if you put acetone in the acrylic liquid it slows down tha drying time and gives you more time to play around.is that true?


No, adding acetone to your monomer will make it dry faster.
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#8
thank you for your reply!is there anything that could slow down the drying time?also any good brushes and powders?
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#9
(10-23-2013, 02:21 PM)tsita78 Wrote: thank you for your reply!is there anything that could slow down the drying time?also any good brushes and powders?


You don't really want it to dry too slow because the bead will take forever to get to the consistency where you can mold it without it flattening back. I like ez-flow powders for 3d.
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#10
I use Kupa's 3d nail art brush and love it! I also put acetone in my monomer to help the acrylic set up faster when doing 3d art.
Robin Stopper Renner
Nails by Robin/R.S.Innovations, LLC.
Mount Dora, Florida
http://www.wrist-assist.com
[email protected]
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