Hi everybody, I’m Kirsty Meakin from Naio Nails. Welcome back to our channel. In this video, we are working on the fantastic Sue and we are going to do a Bird’s Skull. Is it like a crow skull or a raven? Sue: Yeah.
Kirsty: Is it raven like… that kind of one of them? Adam: Is that like the one that was knocking on my door? Kirsty: Yeah, the one that was… Adam: Annoying. Kirsty: … annoying you. Adam: Right! I’ll try not to get too annoyed at this video then.
Kirsty: Okay! I’m gonna sculpt out a black nail. So, we’re gonna use pure black acrylic but I’m gonna lay down a thin layer of Clear first. So, if you watched the previous videos, you’ll know that Sue is also a nail technician as well as other things and she takes a certain medication that makes her nails split down like this.
So, she has nails on more like to just basically give them some protection. Now, with this finger, I need to just cut a little bit here because it kind of jumps out and it’s disturbing how the form is fitting and I need to just relieve the pressure that the side of that finger, is putting on the form.
I’m being very careful when I do this so I don’t cut the skin. That’ll just relieve that bit of pressure. I’m going to use the dehydrator. And then, today, I’m gonna use the Acid-based Primer. This is a primer that you don’t want to get on your skin.
I’m using it because I really want this to stick really nicely to Sue’s nails. So, first of all, I’m gonna get some clear and I’ve got a High-speed Liquid in here. I don’t need to drain the back of the brush out,I can go straight on with that.
I’m gonna sweep it up onto the natural nail and then, we’re gonna bring this down. We’re gonna do a ballerina-shaped nail. Some people like to call it a coffin, some people like to call it a tapered square, whatever you call it.
I’m calling it a ballerina. And we’re gonna bring this right down to the number two. Very thin. And this is going to give us a nice structure to work on. We’re gonna add a tiny wet bead to the natural nail, which will give the acrylic extra adhesion.
Then I’m gonna use pure black and I’m gonna pick up quite a big bead. I’m gonna start towards the top. I’m gonna chase that down the nail. Gonna add a little bit down the side, I want to get really close.
I’m gonna do the same on this side and I’m gonna pinch. I’m gonna put a thin layer of Clear on this now. Right! So, I’m gonna take the form off now and then, we’re gonna shape this. So, I’m gonna go sidewalls.
[Kirsty singing]: I’m gonna do sidewalls. Then, I’m gonna do the cuticle. Right! I’m gonna buff over this now. And I’m gonna wipe over with Acetone. Right! I’m gonna topcoat this with the Urban Graffiti Topcoat now.
So, I want this nail to be shiny. Pop that in. Right! So, we’re gonna do this kind of bird skull. So, this is my inspiration for this nail. I’m gonna keep that at the side and have a little look at that as I do it.
I have High-speed Liquid. I’m gonna map this out first. Mapping it out thin with Wet Acrylic. When I say wet, it’s like the wet ratio and to be fair, it’s quite a simple shape. It’s the detailing on the top that’s gonna make it look like a bird.
[Kirsty singing]: “The bird is the word” Sue: I’ll be singing that all day now in my head. Kirsty: Yeah I like that one. So and then we’ll have the beak coming down. It’s nice working on top of this shiny surface because I think that it slips and slides around, and you can move everything where you want it.
You can really boss it about. So att the minute it’s like, doesn’t really look like a skull. So, we’re gonna take a big bead and we’re gonna create the height for the skull. So, look at the angle that I’m using.
And I’m gonna pull this part down. And we’re gonna open out here, so use the very tip of the brush to open this out. And that’s where, once upon a time, his eyeballs would have been. Right! So, we’ve got the height for the head, now we’ve got to do the beak.
So, we need some height here. We blend that. It’s dead warm in here. It’s so warm in here. It’s that warm that it’s setting up so quick. I might have to change my liquid and go to Medium-speed because it’s proving to be a little bit of a nightmare.
They have big nostrils, don’t they? These here birds. Sue: Yeah. Kirsty: Because it’s so warm in here, I’m gonna change my liquid and I’m gonna use Medium-speed. I’m gonna pop a little tiny bead around the eye just to really exaggerate the eyes.
I’m just gonna pull some little lines into this skull, just to give it a bit of texture and definition. Yeah, I’m happy with that. I’m gonna do a little bit of shading on there. Gonna use a little bit of the black.
It’s a pure black acrylic. And, we’re gonna use this like paint. So, I’m adding shading into that sort of nose section and the eye section. So, wherever it’s got like a little dent that’s where I’m gonna add.
.. That’s where I’m gonna add the shading. Let’s drag a bit of that shadow down here. Adam: Bruno Van Dyck. Vandyke Brown. Kirsty: Instead of Dick Van Dyke. [Kirsty singing]: “Chim chimminey…” Right! So, what I’m gonna do is take an art brush, mixing a lot of water with this.
So we’re making a wash. By wash, I mean it’s very fluid-like. See? Right! So, what I’m gonna do is just rub this over. I’m just gonna rub this on just to tone the white. Can you see how it’s toning it and just giving it a bit more warmth, so it’s less of a bright white? Because I want the skull to be more.
.. I was gonna say worn obviously, it’s been worn. More like… Sue: Weathered. Adam: Aged? Kirsty: Weathered. Yeah! Adam: Aged? Kirsty: Aged. Yeah, like fine wine. Aged and I wanna give it a bit of a shadowing as well.
You can even like rub your finger on it to blend it if you want to. So, it kind of looks a bit more dirty and because it’s wet, because it’s so wet, like really drippy water, it will sink into the acrylic.
It’ll suck into it and you won’t need to seal it with anything because you want it to remain matte. Now, I wanna put some flowers around here, yeah. So, I made these. I’m gonna show you how to make them.
We’re gonna make them in red acrylic and this is one of them things they don’t always work out. Alright! So, I’ve flattened those out and sort of brushed them up, so they’re probably slightly thinner just at this bottom section.
Then you’re gonna roll. Like so. Adam: Are you just putting more monomer on your brush there? Kirsty: Yeah! Sorry, I’m just cleaning my brush and then, so I can scoop underneath and roll. And you roll them to about, so they’re not quite completely closed.
So, by spinning it in your hands, you’re stretching stretching the acrylic. I’m rolling like a thin stem which pushes the rest of the acrylic up and makes the bottom shape of your bud. Now, I’ve used Medium-speed for this but it is very warm in this room, so you could use a different monomer.
What I’m gonna do is make quite a few of those different sizes as well. Right! So, what we’re gonna do now, you’ve got your little tiny, little rosebuds and we need to snip off the stem because what we’ll do is we’ll place them around here.
Right! We’re gonna stick those on with Clear Acrylic and we’re just using this like a glue. Gonna add a little bit there which will make sure this is secure and it’ll actually give us another bit of acrylic to put another flower onto.
Gonna put little tiny beads of acrylic in the middle of the buds just to make sure they are really secure. I don’t want them to fall off. We would have a very very sad Sue. Right! So, I’m making sure now there’s enough acrylic to around them to support them.
Kirsty: Do you like it? I love that. Sue: I absolutely love it. Kirsty: I think that looks proper smart. Like proper man. Proper. Kirsty: I think what I want to do is, we’re gonna put some of these little beads on.
Sue: Okay. Kirsty: And just put them in between, yeah. So, I’m gonna use the Microbeads to sort of fill in little gaps and it’ll make it look really pretty and it’ll definitely be more like a crown. Like a floral crown or floral towawa.
If you don’t know what a towawa is, I mean tiara. Adam: Why have you got a sculpting form stuck to the back of your hand? Kirsty: Because I’ve been using this and that was stuck to it and it was just kind of convenient to put it there.
Adam: So weird… I didn’t really know where to put it so I just put it on the back of my hand. Nothing wrong with that. Right! Pop me that in the lamp. Just rub that round and look. I think that’s so pretty in a deadly way.
I think it’s the perfect shaped nail as well. I kind of like it. I know it’ll look good on a stiletto as well but I like how it kind of frames it. Sue: It’s still little bit like a coffin, isn’t it? Kirsty: He’s been taken to his death.
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