I’m not sure how far this wacky trend has spread, but the Japanese like sticking decorations on pretty much everything: mirrors, compacts, pens, mobile phones, computers, tissue boxes and nails. I’m not exactly sure how or when this started, but it’s everywhere. There is only one rule: It must be adorable. Whether that means a giant Hello Kitty head bedazzled in rhinestones, fake macaroons or a plastic Minnie Mouse doesn’t matter. And if one is good, 10 must be better.
Store your tissues in style! This thing must weigh a ton. Image from Deco Sweets Yuuki.
Above: Mobile phone straps shaped like cakes. Note the cake on the upper right hand corner: it has a slice of cake. On top of the cake. And if that wasn’t enough, it has a teddy bear (teddy bears are popular for increasing the cuteness factor.) AND..we’re not done yet. It has an ice cream cone on it too. So, folks, if you actually ate a cake like this, it would kill you. The cake on the lower right has some half-eaten candy bars on top. Image from DecoFukubukuro.
These nails are from the Fantemille Salon, Tokyo- not my creation. I think I’ve posted this before but these nails always crack me up, because they have what looks like a sugar-dusted pancreas on the middle finger. That and the random churro strike me as hilarious. These nails have a complete meal- waffle, hotcake, cookies, banana, shortcake, donuts, lemon, a pancreas, another donut, a macaroon, a kiwi, a pudding, a crueller, and….oh, heck. This is a bakery on your fingertips!
So, after being surrounded by this stuff, I’ve gone to the DecoDarkSide. It just seeped into my subconcious. Believe it or not, I am not generally a cute frou-frou person despite some of the nails I make! I always walked past the fake candy, plastic puddings, and pseudo poundcakes. But, then, fruits started finding their way onto my nails…then candy…and then the final frontier: Whipped cream. Silicone whipped cream. That was always the frothy, adorable line that I wouldn’t cross. Until now!
Yes, I made nails that are supposed to look like the inside of crepes, including the whipped cream puffs. I had to put them away since I wanted to pick the whipped cream off- it’s squooshy and has a curiously addictive texture. Pretty soon everything in my house is going to be covered in this stuff!
There is one small hope- these are for sale in my Etsy shop, not for my personal use. I hope someone will have tons of fun with them and not pick off all the whipped cream bits as I would do if I wore them. I think I’ll include extra cream bits just in case. See? Who says manicures can’t be entertaining?
And, in the slightly more wearable department, I was putting my franken skills to work over the weekend to make a true Tiffany blue. From there, this was born:
The blue is really dead-on Tiffany blue. The photo is a little dark so it’s not that easy to tell but it’s accurate. I used Color Club Orly Blue Collar, white, and a dusty no-name Japanese green. It took about 5 tries to get it perfect, but I’m happy with the result. I will do my best not to add silicone whipped cream or tiny fruits to these. (The bow is acrylic, not silicone- but can you tell I had whipped cream on my mind?)
What do you think of the deco trend? Would you ever try it?