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Sally Sells Abalone Shells

Real abalone shells are incorporated into this design by Tracie McNeal.

Real abalone shells are incorporated into this design by Tracie McNeal.


Sculpt an elongated nail bed in sparkling cover pink.


Add gold leaf to the free edge, covering it completely. (This will show through under the nail for a cool two-way look.)


Sculpt a very thin free edge in black acrylic.


Before the black acrylic sets, add abalone shell pieces.


Cap the nail with clear acrylic. (Don’t worry about shell parts sticking out of the acrylic. Maintain thickness.)


Shape and smooth the nail. (Don’t worry about filing into or over the shell pieces a little.)


 Clean the nail. Use a black striper to draw a squiggly swirl near one sidewall.


Add tiny black dots in a crescent shape near the opposite sidewall either using plastic dots (shown) or paint and a dotting tool.


Use a gold striper to outline the three sides of the free edge. Apply hologram top coat.

Nails by Tracie McNeal, WildSide Nailz Art Studio, Lancaster, Calif.

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