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Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Tin Foil Picture Tutorial

I know that this is Nail Polish 101 to some of you, but I've had a couple of friends ask me how to take glitter off.  I thought I would make a picture tutorial for the tin foil method, since I personally get things better with visuals.  
I didn't make this up myself. It has been around for a while and I don't know who came up with it. I did however, add some tips of my own to make it easier.  Doing it this way takes me less than 10 minutes!
 Gather together 100% acetone, scissors, tin foil and two cotton squares, although cotton balls work just as well.
 MICHELLE TIP #1:  Since I am a scrooge and don't want to waste my stuff, I cut two squares into ten pieces.  If using cotton balls, you can unwrap them and tear them into strips.
 I then tear a 4" wide strip of tin foil and rip it into 10 squares. Make sure they are big enough to wrap around your finger.
 Dip a cotton square in acetone and place on pinkie nail.
 Wrap one of the cut pieces of tin foil around finger snugly.
MICHELLE TIP #2: To make it as easy on myself as possible, I start with the pinkies and work my way to the thumbs.  That way it doesn't start to get awkward until I am wrapping my thumbs.
 Repeat process until all 10 nails are wrapped.
 Wait for only 5 minutes!
 MICHELLE TIP #3:  Pull the foil wrapped cotton off of your finger, placing slight pressure on your nail as you pull.  This helps take everything off that may not have stuck to the cotton.
MICHELLE TIP #4:  Start with your pinkies and work your way to your thumbs again. The acetone has sat longer on your pinkies, and your thumbs could use that extra time.
Yes, this is brutally ugly. :o)  
This is what my hand looked like afterward. (Apologies for the stainage!)  There was one piece of large hex glitter left and minor polish on the side of one nail. The other hand had three hex glitters and some polish on the thumb.   It does dry out your skin as you can plainly see!  Pamper with lotion and cuticle cream when done!  I hope this is useful to someone!  Let me know what you thought!


Bárbara ^^, said...

I totally do that too! A lot!
Its sooo easy, right?


cynthia decker said...

So happy to have photos of this process! Thank you for your efforts!

illustratedlady said...

No problem, Cynthia! Glad to be of help. :o)
Super easy, Barbara! Much better than plain old elbow grease and 20 cotton balls. :o)

Jenn said...

Shelle, I can't use it. Rick reminded me that it is highly toxic and even when I'm NOT pregnant, I'm extremely particular about what I apply to my skin, even for a few seconds. I will have to continue to remove the old fashioned way. Though, I timed it today, and it only took me 10 minutes to get my nails completely cleaned up.
But thanks for taking the time to share the tip! :o)

illustratedlady said...

Jenn, These glitter polishes are much harder to take off than yours that you have. :o( So, it will take you much longer to take off. I have no other ideas. LOL