Hello everyone, I haven’t collapsed from chemical pneumonia (there is such a thing- yikes!) but I’ve just been busy with my 3-D acrylic sculpture classes.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this type of nail art, it’s made from acrylic powder and a liquid called monomer, which stinks to high heaven. The artist dips a brush in monomer, then in the powder and it forms a ball. The ball is placed on the nail and then manipulated into various shapes. Sounds simple, but is actually very difficult. The balance of liquid to powder is very important, and it’s hard to control. Too much liquid will give you a runny, globby shape and too much powder will leave a crusty, uneven design. Usually you’ve got several seconds to get it on, shape it and then move onto the next part.
Nail school has been a blast- lots of fun people and interesting stuff to learn. However, nobody wears a mask. The poor teacher has this perpetual cough. It CANNOT be good for you. I wear a mask with filters (!) and introduced myself as Darth Vadar. That got a laugh from everyone. But everyone’s putting their face inches from these nasty chemicals for 6 hours a day. Yikes. I did it the first day without a mask and got an epic sore throat.
So, here’s some of what I made.
This being Japan, we did cute things like bows, hearts and flowers, but I’m looking forward to making some really weird stuff (of course). I need more practice, but it has to be a nice day where I can keep the windows open while I do the sculpture.
My next course is a gel course, we’ll see how I do with that. At least it doesn’t seem to be quite as much of a lung-killer as the acrylic is.