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Iron Techs: Creative Techs Work With What They're Given

by Staff Writer | March 1, 2006
Challenger Tech: Kathleen M. M. Wood    
Wood took full advantage of the acrylics and created 3-D art that pops and sparkles. Each tip even
has a fun, fancy name, such as “Don’t Cry over Spilled Champagne,” which used every product in the kit, “Under the Sea,” and “My Daughter Just Got Her License.”
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Challenger Tech: Kathleen M. M. Wood Wood took full advantage of the acrylics and created 3-D art that pops and sparkles. Each tip even has a fun, fancy name, such as “Don’t Cry over Spilled Champagne,” which used every product in the kit, “Under the Sea,” and “My Daughter Just Got Her License.”
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Close-up of Michelle Sproat's design
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Close-up of Michelle Sproat's design
Purple and silver dominated MICHAEL HEMBREE's palette of tips. These were the basis for his retro styles that harken back to the free-love days of the ’70s.
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Purple and silver dominated MICHAEL HEMBREE's palette of tips. These were the basis for his retro styles that harken back to the free-love days of the ’70s.
HEIDI BENDER used a variety of techniques to create tips with lots of lines. The silver polish reigned
supreme with Bender; it was on every tip along with highlights from the metallic stripers.
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HEIDI BENDER used a variety of techniques to create tips with lots of lines. The silver polish reigned supreme with Bender; it was on every tip along with highlights from the metallic stripers.
SAYAKA SAKO’s tips would work well for special occasions surrounding love. Weddings and Valentine’s Day are perfect times for the bows, flowers, and hearts she created. Sako’s love theme is
carried out with the absence of black.
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SAYAKA SAKO’s tips would work well for special occasions surrounding love. Weddings and Valentine’s Day are perfect times for the bows, flowers, and hearts she created. Sako’s love theme is carried out with the absence of black.
A discerning eye is what you must have to truly see all that Parrish included in each design; however, each design included at least seven of the 10 products. If you look closely, you can see the triangle tip included all three polishes, three stripers, and the triangle decals.
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A discerning eye is what you must have to truly see all that Parrish included in each design; however, each design included at least seven of the 10 products. If you look closely, you can see the triangle tip included all three polishes, three stripers, and the triangle decals.
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MIA KIM's Kim’s designs were all girl. If “chick” literature book covers were transplanted onto fingernails, this is what you would get: dolled up faces, high heels, and butterflies in pinks, reds,
and purples.
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MIA KIM's Kim’s designs were all girl. If “chick” literature book covers were transplanted onto fingernails, this is what you would get: dolled up faces, high heels, and butterflies in pinks, reds, and purples.
Close-up of Mia Kim's design.
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Close-up of Mia Kim's design.
MICHELLE SPROAT used lots of glitz and glamour on the tips she submitted. For the leafy one (second from right), she began with a clear base coat with silver nail polish. She added white acrylic
leaves before finishing with stripers and nail art products.
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MICHELLE SPROAT used lots of glitz and glamour on the tips she submitted. For the leafy one (second from right), she began with a clear base coat with silver nail polish. She added white acrylic leaves before finishing with stripers and nail art products.
THERESA LAWRENCE created a plethora of patterns, each with a different mood; one tip is lovey dovey, another is classic, and another is party crazy. It’s easy to see how much Lawrence enjoyed the assignment. “What fun to see how many designs will come from limited supplies,” says Lawrence. “You’re only limited by your imagination. I had such a ball!”
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THERESA LAWRENCE created a plethora of patterns, each with a different mood; one tip is lovey dovey, another is classic, and another is party crazy. It’s easy to see how much Lawrence enjoyed the assignment. “What fun to see how many designs will come from limited supplies,” says Lawrence. “You’re only limited by your imagination. I had such a ball!”
Strong lines separate much of MARY SEITZINGER's tips. Each one has at least one line that delineates a change in nail-art scenery; Seitzinger’s black, pink, and silver nail (center) has silver
decals and a bold white diagonal stripe with gold decals that split the nail in two.
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Strong lines separate much of MARY SEITZINGER's tips. Each one has at least one line that delineates a change in nail-art scenery; Seitzinger’s black, pink, and silver nail (center) has silver decals and a bold white diagonal stripe with gold decals that split the nail in two.
Challenger Tech: Kathleen M. M. Wood    
Wood took full advantage of the acrylics and created 3-D art that pops and sparkles. Each tip even
has a fun, fancy name, such as “Don’t Cry over Spilled Champagne,” which used every product in the kit, “Under the Sea,” and “My Daughter Just Got Her License.”
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Challenger Tech: Kathleen M. M. Wood Wood took full advantage of the acrylics and created 3-D art that pops and sparkles. Each tip even has a fun, fancy name, such as “Don’t Cry over Spilled Champagne,” which used every product in the kit, “Under the Sea,” and “My Daughter Just Got Her License.”
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Close-up of Michelle Sproat's design
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Close-up of Michelle Sproat's design
Purple and silver dominated MICHAEL HEMBREE's palette of tips. These were the basis for his retro styles that harken back to the free-love days of the ’70s.
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Purple and silver dominated MICHAEL HEMBREE's palette of tips. These were the basis for his retro styles that harken back to the free-love days of the ’70s.
HEIDI BENDER used a variety of techniques to create tips with lots of lines. The silver polish reigned
supreme with Bender; it was on every tip along with highlights from the metallic stripers.
5/13
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HEIDI BENDER used a variety of techniques to create tips with lots of lines. The silver polish reigned supreme with Bender; it was on every tip along with highlights from the metallic stripers.
SAYAKA SAKO’s tips would work well for special occasions surrounding love. Weddings and Valentine’s Day are perfect times for the bows, flowers, and hearts she created. Sako’s love theme is
carried out with the absence of black.
6/13
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SAYAKA SAKO’s tips would work well for special occasions surrounding love. Weddings and Valentine’s Day are perfect times for the bows, flowers, and hearts she created. Sako’s love theme is carried out with the absence of black.
A discerning eye is what you must have to truly see all that Parrish included in each design; however, each design included at least seven of the 10 products. If you look closely, you can see the triangle tip included all three polishes, three stripers, and the triangle decals.
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A discerning eye is what you must have to truly see all that Parrish included in each design; however, each design included at least seven of the 10 products. If you look closely, you can see the triangle tip included all three polishes, three stripers, and the triangle decals.
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MIA KIM's Kim’s designs were all girl. If “chick” literature book covers were transplanted onto fingernails, this is what you would get: dolled up faces, high heels, and butterflies in pinks, reds,
and purples.
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MIA KIM's Kim’s designs were all girl. If “chick” literature book covers were transplanted onto fingernails, this is what you would get: dolled up faces, high heels, and butterflies in pinks, reds, and purples.
Close-up of Mia Kim's design.
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Close-up of Mia Kim's design.
MICHELLE SPROAT used lots of glitz and glamour on the tips she submitted. For the leafy one (second from right), she began with a clear base coat with silver nail polish. She added white acrylic
leaves before finishing with stripers and nail art products.
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MICHELLE SPROAT used lots of glitz and glamour on the tips she submitted. For the leafy one (second from right), she began with a clear base coat with silver nail polish. She added white acrylic leaves before finishing with stripers and nail art products.
THERESA LAWRENCE created a plethora of patterns, each with a different mood; one tip is lovey dovey, another is classic, and another is party crazy. It’s easy to see how much Lawrence enjoyed the assignment. “What fun to see how many designs will come from limited supplies,” says Lawrence. “You’re only limited by your imagination. I had such a ball!”
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THERESA LAWRENCE created a plethora of patterns, each with a different mood; one tip is lovey dovey, another is classic, and another is party crazy. It’s easy to see how much Lawrence enjoyed the assignment. “What fun to see how many designs will come from limited supplies,” says Lawrence. “You’re only limited by your imagination. I had such a ball!”
Strong lines separate much of MARY SEITZINGER's tips. Each one has at least one line that delineates a change in nail-art scenery; Seitzinger’s black, pink, and silver nail (center) has silver
decals and a bold white diagonal stripe with gold decals that split the nail in two.
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Strong lines separate much of MARY SEITZINGER's tips. Each one has at least one line that delineates a change in nail-art scenery; Seitzinger’s black, pink, and silver nail (center) has silver decals and a bold white diagonal stripe with gold decals that split the nail in two.

We gave 10 innovative nails techs a hodge-podge of items and instructed them to create five nail tips using only the items in their box full of goodies. As you can see, each tech has a specialty, and all came away with different creations using exactly the same materials.

The fun of the Food Network’s “Iron Chef” isn’t necessarily seeing who the winner is; the show’s real success comes because everyone enjoys seeing experts at the top of their game using their creative juices to produce an amazing feast. Taking that same idea, we gave 10 techs a box of supplies to see what their out-there thinking could produce. Their instructions were simple: Use the tips and at least some of the acrylics. Then use seven of the other 10 items to create five nail tips.

The iron techs were supplied with 10 tips from Nailite; CND’s Retention Starter Kit (with a clear acrylic added for this project); polish from OPI, Essie, and Orly; three metallic stripers from It’s So Easy; two sets of nail decals from Cina; and two packs of Imagination Art Supplies from Young Nails. All of these were packaged in a ruby polyprop purse from Action Bag Company. As soon as they received their kits, our techs were eager to get started!

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