There’s a kind of pretty lacquerware that I’ve seen a lot in Japan and China. It’s made of wood, a clear coat, and cinnabar, a reddish mineral. I guess making lacquerware is kind of like painting nails: a steady hand, quite a few coats of varnish, and a lot of patience!


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First, I frankened a reddish orange from equal parts China Glaze Red Essence, a medium red shimmer, and China Glaze Yell-oh, a medium yellow with yellow glassy flecks. This is a little bit lighter than the true color of cinnabar, but I wanted the base to stand out.


Out came the Konad! This plate has very dense images on it and was kind of tricky to do, but all in all, I like the result. This is plate M72, one of the newer ones.  This image will all but obliterate a base color because it’s got a lot of coverage. (I smudged the index finger, sorry).


As you can see, I tried a different Konad from the same plate on my thumb, but I preferred the image that went on the other fingers. For some reason, the “hand around the bottle shot” always shows details really well for me, though I feel a bit cheesy doing it!



About nevertoomuchglitter

Nail artist. Wanderer. I'm a color-holic, in fact, it was my love of color that brought me to the nail art world. Well, that, and the fact I was too cheap to pay crazy Japanese prices for nail polish while living in Tokyo, so I had to start mixing my own. That's how NTMG began.
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2 Responses to Cinnabar

  1. Lucy says:

    Wow! The manicure really does look like Cinnabar. Very nice job.

  2. nevertoomuchglitter says:

    Thanks Lucy! I still need to practice with those dense Konads, though.

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