Video #615: If you want to try the Madam Glam UV Gel for yourself, there is a 30% discount coupon posted just under the video below.
Topics Covered In This Video:
- I have used UV Resin in the past, and you probably have seen my pink UV Lamp sitting in the background of many of the previous videos.
- Many of you have requested that I test out some UV Nail Gel on polymer clay.
- So when Madam Glam contacted me and offered to send some of their UV Nail Gel Polish, I said, “Sure!” since I had been dying to try it on my own nails and on polymer clay as well.
- I am terrible with regular nail polish! It chips all the time since I am so rough with my hands. And I am so fidgety that I can’t even get it set in time before I have already smudged it.
- My hope was for this Madam Glam UV Gel to be compatible with polymer clay so that I could do some nailart with it… but I also wanted to see if there was a nail polish that would finally work for me… and it does!
- Applying this nail polish product is accomplished in three steps.
- First you lay on the base coat. Then add color. And finally brush on a top coat.
- All of UV Nail Gels set with a UV Lamp (which I have) or with an LED Light meant for curing nail gel (which I currently have not tried).
- You apply each layer separately, using the UV Lamp to cure each step for 2 minutes (or 30 seconds under an LED light).
- In the video, I show one of my hands with freshly done nails using one coat of clear base and two layers of top coat. They look very shiny and pretty.
- I also show my other hand where the polish has been on for 4 weeks. After this lengthy period of time, there is on slight chipping on the tips… and a gap between the polish and the cuticle where the nail has grown out.
- My reason for wearing clear nail polish (no color), is so that my nails won’t be distracting to viewers watching my videos.
- The Madam Glam polish is called a soak-off gel, which means that the polish needs to be soaked with acetone or a commercial nail polish remover, then scraped off the nail. I have found that I really didn’t need to soak the nail first and that scraping did a good enough job in removing the gel polish.
- If the polish has been put on properly, it will take some scraping to get it off. But if you have put it on in a thick gloppy coating, it may peel off all in one step.
- To prep your nails for the Madam Glam UV Nail Polish, you will need to make sure your cuticles are pushed back, and that your nail is clean and filed.
- Rough up the surface of your finger nails with a nail file, and clean with rubbing alcohol to remove dust.
- Don’t shake the bottles because that will introduce bubbles.
- Put a thin coat of the base coat on your nails, making sure to avoid getting any on your cuticles or skin. It is not harmful, but if you do, the product tends to peel off too easily, and it looks sloppy.
- Cure under UV Lamp for 2 minutes (or LED Nail Lamp for 30 seconds). When base coat is cured, wipe with rubbing alcohol to remove sticky residue. Repeat with 2-3 coats of color (if desired), and then 1-2 top coat layers… curing in lamp between each layer and wiping with rubbing alcohol to remove residue.
- The polish should last a week or two before requiring any touch ups.
- Really excited about the potential for this UV Nail Gel to be used with polymer clay, and am planning to do learn (and teach) more about some polymer clay nail art techniques.
- I did some testing to see if the UV Nail Gel would be compatible with polymer clay. Most nail polishes aren’t compatible with polymer. It eats at the surface and becomes sticky, so I wanted to test this one to be sure it would work.
- Happy to say that this Madam Glam UV Polish is in fact compatible with baked and raw polymer clay.
- I coated a baked donut of polymer clay with a base coat and top coat of of UV Gel, and cured it. Then this sample piece was left to sit for more than 4 weeks to see if any adverse reactions would happen.
- By the end of the 4 week test period, the Madam Glam product and the polymer clay looks good and seems tough.
- The only issue I found is that if there are any exposed edges on your piece, the cured gel can be peeled away from the surface quite easily.
- So although the finish appears to be compatible, it won’t be the most durable, unless the entire bead is surrounded in the coating and there aren’t any places where coatings can get peeled off.
- Therefore, it is not well suited for pieces the might get easily scratched. It might be OK as a coating on a pendant or a project that won’t get any wear and tear, but I would not recommend it for a rings or bracelets which tend to see more abuse.
- Using the product on nails is a different situation though, since this is more of a temporary use type thing.
- In the video, I show an example of some of the nail gel that peeled off in one section because I put it on too thick.
- I show an example of a clear plastic false nail where I added a raw polymer clay cane design to it. Started with a layer of the base coat and cured it. Then added a thin raw cane slice to the surface, rolled it out and trimmed around the nail. Then added two coats of top coat, making sure to wrap the gel around the edges of the cane to seal it in. It has been on that nail sample for over 4 weeks with no reactions or peeling.
- The only issue is with the soft clay unearth which makes the surface slightly vulnerable to denting.
- I then showed a more durable sample of a nail blank. It had a layer of base coat… that was then sponged with some colored nail gel… followed by a top coat layer with some thin nail art cane slices… curing with my UV light between each step of course. Finally, a couple more layers of top coat were added to seal in the cane slices. Although I am not crazy about the design of this one, I do like how it worked.
- Lastly, I show an example of a nail done with a raw rainbow cane that was sealed in between layers of UV gel… and then I added a baked cane slice over top of that. This design also needs work, but I am encouraged by the potential of these test results.
- If this product is something that you would like to try yourself, Madam Glam has generously offered a 30% discount coupon that you can use while shopping over at their web site. See below video for the link and the Coupon Code.
- Related Resource: Madam Glam Website… [ 30% Disc Code: YGEL30OFF ]
- Related Article: Fimo Nail Art Using Polymer Cane Slices
- Related Article: Making Polymer Clay Canes For Fingernail Art
- Related Video: Polyslicer Combo Tool For Slicing Nailart Canes
- Related Video: Using a UV Lamp To Cure Resin On Polymer Clay
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