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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Birds of a feather flock together, Feather Mani..... (giveaway sneak peek)

Okay, I know I told you I would post another craft scissor mani, and I promise I had a funky french one scheduled, but after I completed this, i wanted to show you guys so bad! So the funky french will be tomorrow mornings post :) Hope you guys don't mind. Once I saw this mani, I knew I HAD to try and replicate it! This is in no way my idea, I saw it here first. It was just so fun and I loved the look of it. I'm always up for trying new things, and love a challenge. 

While at the craft store where I got my scissors, I saw this feather patch thingy, and thought it would be perfect for this. It was hard finding small enough feathers that I thought would work right. Anyways, okay this is what the feather patch looked like
and since I couldn't remember for the life of me, what she used to apply her feathers, I just grabbed some clear Elmer's glue and a pack of brushes. I could have used actual nail glue, but that stuff can be sooo damaging.
Well holy cow, I know it was my first time, but it was harder than I thought, but totally worth it! I ended up only doing this for accent nails, lol. I also have an issue with things being as perfect as I can get them, and there are quit a few issues I can see that bother me with this one, but I still LOVE LOVE LOVE this.

What I did, was paint a fairly thick layer of the glue onto my nail, and trimming the feather, as close as I could see, placed it onto my nail with tweezers, lightly pressing it down. I then added some more glue to my brush and did a coat over the entire feather and nail. Then when it was mostly dry, I went around with clippers, and clipped as much of the excess off the sides and tips that I could. Then when that was done, I did 2 coats of SV. It is perfectly smooth and shiny. Since I only did one nail on each hand, the rest of the mani is Brucci Blackened Emerald.
So what do you guys think? Have any of you tried it? I got soooo many compliments it was crazy.

Now I first wanted to thank you all for your feedback about the giveaway, and since the majority said 'more winners', that's what it will be, but instead of 4......I actaully had 25 polishes, so it will be 5 winners!! I still need to get the details and everything worked out, but here is a peak at what I have for you guys. Oh and NO these are NOT in any kind of order or group, I just placed them together and took pics.

112 comments:

  1. Wow this is wild! I LOVE IT, and I want to try! What kind of glue is that? :o

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  2. that's wonderful! So many compliments are not crazy)) You are a nail genious))

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  3. It's gorgeous! I love this idea!

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  4. great idea, i love this mani :-)
    i'm sure this giveaway will be a blast :-D

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  5. that is absolutely brilliant. so beautiful! wonderful job :]

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  6. Beautiful work!

    Everithing you do is just amazing. I just hope I'll have some time to try at least a part of your ideas.

    Case you're the one that registered on "forumulroz.com" as chloesnails, I wanted to let you know that I've put your link there for my friends to see your beautiful work.

    Greetings from Romania!

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  7. pretty! :D and, gosh! those feathers LOOK like they're painted on! total inspiration :DDDD

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  8. WoW Erika, Congratulations for your creativity, this manicure looks Incredible.

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  9. wauwww verry verry nice!! xxx

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  10. Looks awesome, totally on my to do list!

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  11. Totally tried this and I used nail glue, and your right it was damaging. I also didn't have SV at the time so my topcoat looked a little funky. But anyway it looks so much better on your nails!!

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  12. You surprise me with every manicure, I LOVE IT!!!

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  13. That is stunning! I may have to try that one :)

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  14. Oh wauw! This is really wonderful! Affraid that I'm a bit to clumsy to make this work, but love how it turned out!

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  15. Jaw hits keyboard. Wowee! I so want to try this :)

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  16. no way , that is crazy good !!! amazing mani again.
    And as for the giveaway, me thinks I spy party of five and Milani gems and other exciting pretties like LA rockstar that us international followers can't get our hands on!!! - boy you are gonna make lots of people happy with that !!!!

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  17. The feather mani is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time, it came out awesome!

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  18. very very cool mani! another amazing post!

    cannot wait for your giveaway!

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  19. This looks so coool! I wanna find myself some feathers now!

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  20. This is cute. Ive wanted to try this for a long time but just havent gotten around to it

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  21. This is totally gorgeous nail art and you did a great job.

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  22. WOW! I just found your site and am blown away by your designs! I really have to try some myself!

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  23. That looks amazing! I can totally imagine this would get a lot of notice. :)

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  24. omg, that looks fantastic! it IS perfect :D
    I think it is better that you only did it as accent nails, it's prettier :)

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  25. Such a good idea I love it!! And so excited for the giveaway :D

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  26. That is unbelievably gorgeous! I gotta try this myself and I did go to the link you posted and she placed glue on wax paper first, and lay the feather on top to coat it before transferring to her nail. I'll try both yours and her methods to see which one is easier. :D Thank you for posting this! I'm constantly blown away by your creativity and... dare I say it? Steady hands. LOL

    This is going on pinterest for sure. :) :)

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  27. Wow! Thats a real talent! Keep it up!

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  28. WOW! This feather accent nail is AMAZING! I love it! And your giveaway sneak peek has me sooooo excited!

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  29. That's so wonderful :o
    I'm in love!
    I must try. I was wondering how to use feather. Thank you again! You are really the best for me, you give me so much ideas ^-^


    5 winners ? Cool ^-^

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  30. Awesome! I will try this with my parrots' feathers!

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  31. OMG that is sooo cool! Wish I could do that!!

    http://lizbeth612-onceuponashoe.blogspot.com/

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  32. AAAAh! What a great idea! I love this - and the referenced post that inspired it! Wow...that opens a totally new set of doors for creativity...

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  33. Dangit! Yet another insanely awesome manicure from you! So impressive!

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  34. I think this is the prettiest manicure I have ever seen, EVER!

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  35. Wow that came out great, I'm defintely have to try it :-D

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  36. Ugh that is so freakin awesome I'm gona die! No really though, I HAVE to try this! You make it look so easy!

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  37. I LOOOOOVE THIS MANI TOO! I am obsessed with pretty bird feathers, especially peacocks, so I may have to try something like this soon.

    And the giveaway looks like it will be amazing! I'm so excited!

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  38. Wow I really love this look!! Definately gonna try that sometime, I really love the efect!

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  39. This is beautiful, and I went to look at the original manicure and (to be honest) yours looks prettier. I think I like the type of feather you used more, and the way it's positioned. And only on the accent nail looks more sophisticated, all of them done looks...noisy and "loud" if you get what i mean? Anyway, beautifully done and I want to try this and i'm putting it on my TO-DO nail list. Also, love that there will be 5 winners! Good luck to all ;) haha.

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  40. Great job! That is really amazing :o)

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  41. This is so original and beatiful. Makes your nails look like jewelry!

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  42. i'll defo try this.. but probaly with gel :) ooo the giveaway sounds fun :)
    I'm new to your blog... so hello from england! also i'd love it if you checked out my blog http://nekocrafts.blogspot.com/ its still really new to ^^;

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  43. Very different! I have never seen anything like it. Beautiful!!!

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  44. That is gorgeous!! Tutorial?! Pretty please :)

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  45. this feather thing is really beautiful :)

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  46. I freaking LOVE it. Great/Crazy Idea!!!

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  47. this is so creative!! i have never seen anything like this and absolutely love it! it turned out perfect! you have so much skill :)

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  48. you are an amazing nail genius the feather looks awesome!

    the giveaway sneak peak makes me excited!!

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  49. I was wondering how you were going to apply the feathers! It looks flawless! : D

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  50. That is INCREDIBLE! I can't believe THAT is the result of your first time doing it.

    Btw, this is tahillia (I finally jumped on the nail blog train and I'm slowly putting together posts as we speak)... I took your SV advice and started wrapping my tips and I haven't had any shrinkage problems since! I had never bothered before now because I just thought wrapping your tips was for longer wear but since I change my polish nightly, I didn't think it was necessary. I was so wrong. Perfectly smooth, shiny nails and no shrinkage. Mmmm, I love SV.

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  51. This would look really nice with peacock feathers! Greaat application :)

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  52. So jealous! I will definitely be giving this a shot eventually. Did you leave it on longer than one day? :) If mani's take time, they NEED TO LAST for me :)

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  53. wow!!!!i am so gonna try this out!
    p.s cant wait for the giveaway

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  55. you never cease to amaze me...definitely gonna try this...stunning!

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  56. i am totally amazed at the manis you come up with. genius!

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  57. Omg this is BEYOND cool! I love this!!! So cool!
    Fabulous job!

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  58. This turned out amazing! I can't believe how smooth it is~

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  59. So gorgeous!!
    I'm a new reader and I was wondering if you had a polish collection post? If not I would love to see your collection!!!

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  60. Okay: I'm not usually a commenter but I just *had* to crawl out of the shadows to say

    LOVE THIS MANI! It's sooooo cool-looking and I really love that you used elmer's instead of nail glue.

    Excited for the giveaway!

    -Amy

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  61. That is AWESOME! I definitely need to try this at some point...

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  62. OMG!!! Love it. I have to get to micheals today! I'm so inspired to do my nails I'm changing them like every other day. lol

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  63. I love the feathers mani! Wow! So cool! Oh, and I can't wait for your giveaway...awesome!!

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  64. Are you serious!? OMG, that looks SO AWESOME! And so perfectly done, wow!!

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  65. I love it! I hope it'll be easy to remove.

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  66. It just looks incredible fashionista!! Very good Job! If I can give a suggestion: the contrast is much more dramatik if your natural nail is black, no matter what kind of feder you use. Hope to see more of your beautyful ideas.

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  67. wow...so thats the actual feather on your nail? very cool. i dont think i could do that lol. it would turn out a big mess ;D

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  68. thank you so much for linking to my blog post! i love your accent nail feather! you did great. are you on twitter? if so, tweet me so i know your twitter name and ill be happy to post this link to my followers :) my twitter is http://twitter.com/TheLooksForLess

    you may also be interested in the st. patrick's day manicure that i just posted :) have a great day!

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  69. Thank you all sooooo much!! I want to do more,and try out different types of feathers!!

    Tamara, it's just regular old glue that kids use in school :)

    anais, haha, yeah that was me! I saw I had some traffic coming from there, so I like to see, lol. Thank you so much for posting about my blog there!

    Annette, yes please let me know how yours comes out, and which was easier!!

    haveFaith, awww thank you!! I do know what you mean by busy!

    nekocrafts, hello!!!!! I will def check out your blog!! Thanks for checking mine out!!

    Tracie aka tahillia, HI!!!! YAY, congrats on your new blog!! I can't wait to check it out!

    Annelise, haha, I'm sad to say, it was only on for a few hours, eeekkk, lol.

    Anonymous, I did do a post, but it's not of my entire collection, it was mainly for a bookcase I had specially made for polish. I am up to about 1000 now :) Here is the post -
    http://chloesnails.blogspot.com/2011/01/custom-polish-book-case-flakie-funpic.html

    Amy - nonailstoday, well thank you and I'm honored you came out of hiding!!! :P

    Purple Green Joy, oh it was so easy, since it was just regular Elmers Glue, it just peeled right off :)

    Scent of Pink, I did think of that, but I wanted my nail to look JUST like the feather, not so much a feather on top :)

    TLyons, haha, yep, it's an actual real feather :)

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  70. Jennifer, OMG you're so welcome, thank you for the amazing idea! I don't have a Twitter though, sorry, maybe sometime soon though :P I'll def be sure to check out your St. Patricks Day one! Thanks girlie, you rock!

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  71. Holy Hippogriffs, this looks awesome! Phenomenal! Inspired! I can see why you're getting so many compliments. And your execution! Flawless!
    ...I know what I'll be doing this weekend
    *runs off to find some cool feathers*

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  72. wow, i don't have to tell you how dope that looks, but it does! it's really amazing!

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  73. Okay, so i tried this...it was super hard for me to keep the feathers straight. have a look? (beautifullovelythings.blogspot.com) it was definitely fun! Thanks Ericka & Jennifer!

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  74. Beautiful! I would have never thought of this.

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  75. I think it looks amazing!! I really really like this !

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  76. I love it! Very nicely executed! Beautiful:)

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  77. Thanks you guys!!

    Kesha, I saw it and loved it! You did amazing!

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  78. looks exciting! :P You are so cute! :P

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  79. What an amazing idea. I love it! x

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  80. Thanks you two!!! It all thanks to Jennifer and her idea!

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  81. omg, that looks amazing!!! so so cool :D

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  82. OMG that's the best accent mani I've seen so far !! AMAZING. This polish is perfect with the feather colors.

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  83. beyond FABULOUS!

    http://alainasdailydo.blogspot.com/

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  84. That looks amazing I'm going to have to try this!

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  85. hey i tried this with almost the same feathers instead i painted it under the feather and used that as the glue and i found what was best was to trim after i used the seche vite top coat so i did it once the feathers were in place. it worked out really well

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  86. Lessy, oh yay, i'm glad you tried it, and found a way that works better for you!!

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  87. i LOVE this site! so many amazing ideas that i'm going to try! now i'm searching for some feathers....i know they're here somewhere..

    --instead of an elephant

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  88. I quickly scrolled down to see the final product then quickly scrolled back up to click "follow!!"

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  89. Thank you, very useful article for me :)

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