**Just your daily reminder to enter my contest/giveaway if you haven't already.**
So, because some people are unfamiliar with the frankening process, I want to put your minds at ease and inspire you to enter the contest! I'll try to break this down as best I can.
1. You're going to need clear polish. Usually I buy Wet n Wild clear stuff for 99 cents a pop. It's cheap and then I can use the bottles for frankens.
I dump the clear polish in here. Not very pretty, I know. It's cloudy because I dumped a topcoat in it that wasn't completely clear, but it so far hasn't affected anything.
2. You're going to need funnels. They don't have to be fancy, just functional.
I just roll up index cards and tape them.
Hey look! You can see through it!
3. Know what you're aiming for. It really helps to have an idea in mind.
One way of doing this is to gather up all the colors you're not really feeling anymore and then see what you can make from them.
Another way is to have an idea in mind and then go find the colors to make it.
4. Start funneling. I didn't take pictures from the beginning since it didn't occur to me until afterwards that I could make a tutorial of sorts.
I always start with a little bit of clear, just so that I use up less of my polish. Then, I add in the colors I want in the amounts I want until the bottle is about halfway full. Then, shake it like a polaroid picture.
The reason you initially fill the bottle halfway is because it's easy to make adjustments, but once the polish is in there, you can't take it out.
You can also add things like eyeshadow and glitter. They're really useful, and that's why I have two funnels: one for polish and one for glitter.
The funnel greatly reduces mess!
5. A few examples. Here are two frankens that I made recently. As you can see, the glitter on the left has settled. This is because glitter is denser than average clear polish.
If you want the glitter to be suspended, you need to either buy a suspension base or add in some storebought polish that already has glitter suspended in it, because it has a suspension base.
The franken on the right has just been vigorously shaken. I'm still debating whether I should spring for a suspension base, but for now shaking works fine.
By the way, these are Beatles song-inspired frankens. The left is Octopus's Garden, and the right is Her Majesty.
Here is all the glitter settled on the bottom. (sorry for the cat hair)
Here is Octopus's Garden after a vigorous shaking.
6. Swatch your frankens and make adjustments. Chances are it's not going to be perfect right off the bat. That's why you swatch it! Then you can adjust it to your liking.
Here they are swatched. As you can see, Her Majesty is too sheer and the glitter is too sparse.
So I added MOAR GLITTER
Aaand here she is again. Much better! I still think she could use a leetle more glitter, though.
Aaand that is your crash course in the art of frankening. It's really not difficult, it doesn't have to be messy, and it's really rewarding to be able to custom-make your own polish. I hope this has helped someone and maybe inspired you to enter my contest!