Monday, January 28, 2013

How To Make A Reusable Caviar Microbead Nail Sticker - DIY


You know you can use any kind of beads for nail art, right? Craft beads, microbeads, caviar beads...whatever's out there. If it's small enough you can stick it on your nails. Generally, it's one use and you're done.

I was thinking, especially with the Superbowl coming up, that it would be great to have a beaded reusable nail sticker that you could pop on and off the nails when you're rooting for your favorite team, or if you created a nifty item for a holiday or any cool nail design you might want to do again. So I decided I should try to make a reusable caviar nail sticker to see if it could be done.

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With Valentine's Day, I was thinking hearts, so this "how to" features a heart design. My base color is White Sensation by SoFlaJo and the caviar beads are Fingerpaints Sugar-Coated.  This picture is mid-way through my experiment.  I started with a bit of double stick tape that I had in my craft room.

How to Make a reusable Caviar Bead Nail Sticker

The double stick tape will serve as the base for the sticker. Because the item will be small, I needed small scissors to cut my design. Enter the beloved manicure/cuticle scissors. I think they're called cuticle scissors but they should never be used for that purpose.

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I cut the tape in the shape of a heart and stuck it on my nail in the position I wanted. I then put my nail in the jar of beads, pulled it out and pushed the nails into the tape.

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Because I wanted this caviar design to be reusable, I put some top coat only on the beads to seal them to the tape but not to my nail. Later, after it dried and I'd worn it for awhile, I checked to see if it worked and carefully pulled the sticker up and placed it on another nail. For the purposes of this post, I put it on at a goofy angle so that you could easily see it's on another nail.

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It actually worked!

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I wondered how many times I could do this. I went to remove it from the second nail but this time, the tape stayed but the beads stayed together in one piece.



Next time I use this nail "sticker", I'll be able to place the beaded heart on the nail and cover the whole nail with top coat. It will be three uses for this reusable nail sticker that I created.

Caviar Nail Bead sticker 9

This was fun for an experiment.  You could prepare stickers that you wanted to wear to have them ready for a big game or a birthday, holiday or what have you, and if you were wearing the sticker just for those events, it would work pretty well.  You could go all fan fever at a ballgame and easily have office appropriate nails the next day with the removal of your new sticker.  

To wear a beaded nail sticker for longer than a day might be a problem with showering, using lotions and repeated hand washings.  So maybe I'm not a genius...there's a few hurdles before I can get all manic about this, but I'm kind of liking the idea just a little bit.  You could go all fan fever at a ballgame and easily have office appropriate nails the next day with the removal of your new sticker.

(Reusable beaded nail stickers first appeared by Polarbelle.)

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20 comments:

  1. Your idea will work great for applying the beads in a shape & holding them still while applying top coat, so it wasn't a wasted thought at all!<3

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  2. Not genius? What are you talking about? This is great! The temporary nature is exactly what draws me to it. I would never take the time to do an actual caviar manicure because it would drive me nuts and I would have to remove it after one day anyways. This allows people like me to have fun with the caviar idea but not have to do another full manicure a day later- we just take off the sticker! Perfect!

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    1. Thank you very much!! The idea that you don't have to marry it for a week but can create reusable nail art makes me a fan.

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  3. What a great idea! Thanks for posting this!

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  4. What a clever idea! Thank you for the great tip!

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  5. love the idea.. thanks for this post :)

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    1. You're welcome. I think you could do amazing things with it.

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  6. hey I think its really cool! Those beads are a pain in the butt and at least this way they stay in one place!! :)

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    1. Thanks! It's a good way to have a one day celebration without taking off your whole manicure.

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  7. This is a wonderful idea! I haven't tried the caviar manicure because it seems so time consuming and so much effort for something that doesn't last long. This seems much easier and so cool that you can do different shapes and reuse them.

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    1. Thank you. I feel better about being able to get a few uses out of them and being able to go from crazy to demure easily without removing my full mani

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  8. That is a great idea! I can't believe I never even thought of that before :)

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  9. this is a clever idea!! I have yet to try this caviar craze but you made it look simple w/ a scotch tape

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  11. This is genius!!! When I first saw the picture I figured you just painted a heart with nail polish and then stuck your nails in the beads. I love this and want to try it. I'm guessing you have to use double sided tape, right?

    Thanks!!!!
    Kelly

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    1. Thanks, ya I used double sided tape. It was fun!

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