Sunday, January 1, 2012

Abalone Shell Nails

The colors of an abalone a.k.a. paua shell are so spectacular that they are meant to worn on nails.  I've owned jewelry made out of this shell but in order to get the right effect, I found the following picture as a reference:

I have also seen abalone or paua shell nail art by For Your Nails Only.

I first tried out this design on an index card and was satisfied that it looked close enough.

Test Run:

So after testing, I did these nails tonight and I think they look great!

To do these nails, I applied a clear base coat and then painted all my nails with one coat of Metallic Aqua.  I then sponged on Metallic Fuchsia and Metallic Green in random spots on each nail.  To add a bit more sparkle I applied a thin coat of iridescent glitter.  I then used Raven to draw in the lines and black detail.  Last, I applied Julep's Fast Drying Top Coat.  These Abalone Shell Nails turned out even better than I had hoped!

The only thing I might do differently is to try and find a smaller brush to do the black lines and detail.  I am very happy with the way these nails look!


  1. WOW! What a great design, I really love this!!

  2. WOW!!! I wish I could do this to my nails. Unfortunately, I'm not very patient and go to the salon to get my nails done. Hopefully, the next time I get my nails done I can get them to do some beautiful design like this.

    I'm new and was hoping you could check out my blog

    Thank you so much =)

    **11 Ms. Jane 11**