DIY Jack and Sally

Jack and Sally Bottle Collage

I thought rather suddenly to myself late last night, “I think I’ll make some nail polish.” That’s a thing people do, right, just randomly decide to make their own nail polish at 11 p.m. on a Friday?  I hope so, because that’s certainly what *I* was doing at that late hour, and it seemed pretty normal to me!

And here are the results of my midnight hour machinations, two Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired glitter bombs in the colours of skeleton and ragdoll paramours Jack and Sally.

Of the two, Sally is the far more successful polish in terms of stability and ease of application – these photos show two brushed/dabbed-on coats, and I didn’t have to fish about for the larger heart-shaped glitters one bit. Plus I think the glitter mix in Sally – inspired by her patchwork dress, asphyxiated-looking countenance and poker straight red hair – is just perfection, an unusual combination of bronze, turquoise, rose, purple, red and black hexes dotted with tiny satin hearts.  I layered this lovely new creation here over Enchanted Polish’s mystery lacquer for July 2015, a dusty grey-blue holo that looks like Sally’s…skin?  Does she have skin or fabric?  Hmm, best not linger on that question too long!

Sally Fingers 1

And then there was the vernis terrible, Jack, an infuriatingly unsuccessful venture into the less-is-more approach to do-it-yourself nail polish.  I think the inspiration for this guy is pretty clear – Jack’s black and white pinstripes, with a smattering of the Christmas bric-a-brac whose secrets Jack longs to crack.  You’d just never know that hidden amid the depths of that simple black and white glitter polish is actually quite a lot of bric-a-brac – glittery snowflakes, colourful baubles, candy canes, snowmen and even a few good sized Christmas trees.  The lightweight black and white glitter – made up of a mix of two identically-sized satin matte glitters – simultaneously covers up AND provides little to no support for the larger shapes, which sank to the bottom resolutely, and there they be.  I had to embark on a major fishing expedition to snag these very few glitters.  There was also far, far too much base in this polish – it rained down onto my work area in huge, glittery blobs, even after I had repeatedly wiped off the brush on the rim of the bottle. Jack is languishing at the bottom of my garbage can right now, so annoyed was I with his insolence. 😉  Here I layered Jack over another Enchanted mystery lacquer, this time May 2017, a dark and stormy blue that looks like the skies above both Christmas and Halloween Towns.

Jack Fingers 1

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4 thoughts on “DIY Jack and Sally

  1. Only a true visionary is up at midnight creating, scheming, making polishes, whatever the vision and that is who you are buddy.
    For what it’s worth I understood this vision the moment I glanced at the photos. Good ol lovesick Sally and Christmas sick Jack, the polishes are equally successful in message delivery and I would wear one on each hand proudly. Too bad the execution didn’t work out on poor Jack, he probably brooded and lamented in the woods for the whole night.

    • Ha, I’m chuckling at “visionary”! It feels sort of mad scientist-y, like I’m hunched and cackling over some experiment, except instead of a monster it’s a bunch of nail polish. It’s…ALIVE! *crazy laughter*

      I’m glad you like the polishes! I’m going to send my secondary bottle of Sally your way in your next package from the great white north. Jack was tossed with the rest of the trash this morning, poor misbehaving fella. Just a poor choice of glitter and too much base going on there, unfortunately.

      • Mad scientist in the most creative, diabolical way! Poor Jack. I will accept your DIY polish and wear it proudly, thank you:) I think I have a few gray undercoats to recreate the Sally:)

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