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August 4, 2011

I’m still not getting the knack of marbling right yet and it’s really frustrating, but I guess practice makes perfect… I still enjoy the end result for all of its random swirlness but it’s not what I’d set out to do really, and I’m not sure if that’s a product of me using the wrong polish combos, waiting too long/little during steps of the process, etc. ¬†Everybody else makes it look so easy! ¬†Anyway, I used OPI Steady As She Rose, Miami Beet and Chocolate Moose for this.

OPI Chocolate Moose

marbled nail polish

Categories: marbling
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5 Responses

  1. Meg says:

    Practice really does make perfect. It took a few tries before I really got water marbling down pat. Do you use a base layer with one of the colors you’re marbling with? (That’s the one thing that helped me the most.)

  2. the nerd says:

    Yep, I did a base of the Steady As She Rose, the used it to start the circles in the water. The first one spread out really far but by the time I dropped the 3rd drop of polish it was all really just a mound in the center and stopped spreading. I only waited a few seconds before adding new dots because I wasn’t sure how long the polish could hang out on top of the water and still adhere… maybe I need to wait more? Ack.

    • Meg @ Kitschy Suburbia says:

      I don’t know that it’s necessarily a timing issue. For me, it’s usually a quality and temperature of water issue. I have tried different temps, different sources and I’ve found that room temp, filtered water (from my Brita pitcher) works without fail. I pour it in to the cup I’m going to use for marbling then I let it sit on the counter for a good 30-45 minutes. Don’t think it’s true? I tried to do a marble for my bestie (she lives a few streets down) and I couldn’t get it to work with her tap water OR the water from the fridge door. Good luck!

      • the nerd says:

        Wow, the quality of the water did that much? This is a much more precise science than I realized! :D Thankfully I totally have a Britta so we’re set on that front. I *did* discover during all of this that nubar totally doesn’t work with the marbling — I went to start a circle and the drop of polish sank like a little round pebble straight to the bottom.

  3. Olivia C. says:

    It looks amazing! I rarely have the patience to water marble because it’s such a lengthy process. And some nails definitely end up looking better than others, so that annoys me. But I think this looks pretty good! I can’t wait to see what other color combinations you come up with for water marbling! :)

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