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Crystal Touch Acrylic Nails

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Crystal Touch Acrylic Nails Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

These fun acrylic nail tips show the amazing variety that you can achieve with a few Swarovski crystals and some nail polish. Choose a dressy design to match your outfit for a fancy event or go wacky and have fun displaying your nails at a themed party. The photographs in this idea show what one full hand would look like. If you're making your own, you'll want to create 10 nails for a full set.

The following steps apply to all of the nail designs. You'll also find specific notes under the names of each design.

Step one: File the acrylic nails so that they lay nicely over your actual nails. Once you're satisfied with the fit, determine which crystals will work best with your nail size. Then, lay the crystals next to their corresponding nails.

Step two: Paint all of the nails with two coats of nail polish, letting the nails dry completely between coats. Once the nails are dry, choose one nail and paint it with a third layer of polish. Apply the crystals to the nail in the pattern that you desire while the nail is still wet. Do the same to the rest of the nails. Let dry.

Note: If you are concerned about making a mistake when applying the crystals, let the third coat dry and then apply the crystals to the nails using Gem-Tac.

Step three: Apply a clear coat of nail polish over the entire nail, making sure to brush the polish along the edges of the crystals. This will help to give them a firmer hold.

Fancy Red Nails
For this design, we used various sizes of the Swarovski 2028 XILION rose flatback in Crystal. You'll want approximately nine crystals for each nail. The crystals start small near the edges of the design and gradually increase in size near the center.

Crystal-Studded Pink Nails
For these nails, we used Swarovski 2028 XILION rose flatbacks in White Opal. We used size SS7 for the ends and size SS16 for the centers of all the nails except for the pinky. For centers of the pinky, we used size SS12.

Black Heart Nails
For these nails, step two is slightly different. After applying two coats of regular nail polish, decorate the nail with small hearts using black nail polish. It might help to use a nail pen or fine-tipped brush. Place three Swarovski 2028 SS7 XILION rose flatbacks in Jet at the center of each heart while the nail polish is still wet. Once the nails have dried, scatter a few extra flatbacks artistically over each nail using Gem-Tac.

Dramatic Chain Nails
We used Swarovski 2028 SS7 XILION rose flatbacks in Crystal Moonlight for these nails. For the pinky, we used .5mm gunmetal-plated beading chain. For the rest of the nails, we used gunmetal-plated curb chain. Cut the chain to fit each nail. It's better to cut a little too much than to cut too little. To ensure that the chain remains attached firmly to the nail, we recommend gluing it with Gem-Tac.
Estimated time: Less than 30 minutes (plus drying time)
Difficulty level: Beginner

Tools and Supplies Used:
Gem-Tac permanent adhesive (GEMTAC)
Knotting tweezers (TOOL-112)
Jewel setter 2 pack (TOOL-170)
Side cutters - semi flush (TOOL-131)
List of Components:
Gunmetal-plated .5mm beading chain (BGMCH14, qty 1)
Gunmetal-plated curb chain (BGMCH03, qty 1)
Swarovski 2028 SS7 XILION rose flatback crystal moonlight (2028-CML7, qty 104) Swarovski 2058 SS16 XILION rose flatback white opal (2058-WHOP16, qty 8)
Swarovski 2058 SS12 XILION rose flatback white opal (2058-WHOP12, qty 2)
Swarovski 2058 SS7 XILION rose flatback white opal (2058-WHOP7, qty 108)
Swarovski 2058 SS16 XILION rose flatback crystal (2058-CRY16, qty 2)
Swarovski 2058 SS12 XILION rose flatback crystal (2058-CRY12, qty 12)
Swarovski 2058 SS9 XILION rose flatback crystal (2058-CRY9, qty 20)
Swarovski 2058 SS7 XILION rose flatback crystal (2058-CRY7, qty 54)
Swarovski 2058 SS7 XILION rose flatback jet (2058-JET7, qty 164)


Purchase Idea Kit Components

Gunmetal-Plated .75mm Beading Chain
Gunmetal-Plated .75mm Beading Chain
Code: BGMCH14
Width .75mm 
1-1920-3940+
$1.23 $0.86$1.11 $0.77$0.99 $0.69
Qty>
Gunmetal-Plated Curb Chain
Gunmetal-Plated Curb Chain
Code: BGMCH03
Link 4x2mm 
1-1415-2930+
$1.37 $0.95$1.23 $0.86$1.11 $0.77
Qty>
2028 SS7 XILION Rose Flatback Crystal Moonlight
2028 SS7 XILION Rose Flatback Crystal Moonlight
Code: 2028-CML7
Diameter 2.1-2.3mm, Total Height 1mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.08$0.07$0.06
Qty>
Swarovski 2058 SS16 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback White Opal
Swarovski 2058 SS16 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback White Opal
Code: 2058-WOP16
Diameter 3.8-4mm, Total Height 1.5mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.09$0.08$0.07
Qty>
Swarovski 2058 SS12 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback White Opal
Swarovski 2058 SS12 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback White Opal
Code: 2058-WOP12
Diameter 3-3.2mm, Total Height 1.5mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.08$0.07$0.06
Qty>
Swarovski 2058 SS7 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback White Opal
Swarovski 2058 SS7 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback White Opal
Code: 2058-WOP7
Diameter 2.1-2.3mm, Total Height 1mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.07$0.06$0.05
Qty>
Swarovski 2058 SS16 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal
Swarovski 2058 SS16 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal
Code: 2058-CRY16
Diameter 3.8-4mm, Total Height 1.5mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.08$0.07$0.06
Qty>
Swarovski 2058 SS12 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal
Swarovski 2058 SS12 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal
Code: 2058-CRY12
Diameter 3-3.2mm, Total Height 1.25mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.07$0.06$0.05
Qty>
Swarovski 2058 SS9 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal
Swarovski 2058 SS9 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal
Code: 2058-CRY9
Diameter 2.5-2.7mm, Total Height 1mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.06$0.05$0.04
Qty>
Swarovski 2058 SS7 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal
Swarovski 2058 SS7 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal
Code: 2058-CRY7
Diameter 2.1-2.3mm, Total Height 1mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.06$0.05$0.04
Qty>
Swarovski 2058 SS7 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Jet
Swarovski 2058 SS7 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Jet
Code: 2058-JET7
Diameter 2.1-2.3mm, Total Height 1mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.07$0.06$0.05
Qty>

Alternate Components

Gunmetal-Plated Double Rollo Chain
Gunmetal-Plated Double Rollo Chain
Code: BGMCH13
Link 1.5x1.5mm, 22 gauge 
1-1415-2930+
$1.64 $1.14$1.48 $1.03$1.34 $0.93
Qty>
Silver-Plated Curb Chain
Silver-Plated Curb Chain
Code: SPCH11
Link 4x2mm 
1-1415-2930+
$1.37 $0.95$1.23 $0.86$1.11 $0.77
Qty>
Antique Brass-Plated Curb Chain
Antique Brass-Plated Curb Chain
Code: BBACH01
Link 5x2mm, 24 gauge 
1-1415-2930+
$1.70 $1.19$1.54 $1.07$1.38 $0.96
Qty>
Swarovski 2058 SS7 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal Metallic Light Gold
Swarovski 2058 SS7 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal Metallic Light Gold
Code: 2058-CLG7
Diameter 2.1-2.3mm, Total Height 1mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.08$0.07$0.06
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Complete Beading for Beginners
Complete Beading for Beginners
Code: BOOK-19
Price: $19.95
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Purchase Tools & Supplies

Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive
Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive
Code: GEMTAC
3.7 fl oz 
1-23-56+
$14.09$12.69$11.49
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Knotting Tweezers
Knotting Tweezers
Code: TOOL-112
4.5 Inches 
Price: $4.24
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The Beadsmith Jewel Setter 2 pack
The Beadsmith Jewel Setter 2 pack
Code: TOOL-170
Price: $2.48
Qty>
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Price: $10.69
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