How to Create 3D Gel Flowers

These videos show how to create an intricate design using 3D gel and acrylic. It also explains how to create 3D gel at home. Only one nail is shown how the full design is done as it took a long time to create the look with the nail having to go in and out of the lamp (the room was very warm and if we didn't cure the gel every 20 seconds the gel would start to run) but the smaller nail was done using the same method but the design was slightly simpler.

Hi, I'm kirsty meakin from naio nails and I'm going to do a 3D gel design, not only that, we're going to actually make the 3D gel out of acrylic and gel. So for this design we're going to use acrylic and gel so you would need white acrylic and you white gel, we're going to use some paints as well, few rhinestones and bit of clear acrylic as well. I've already prepped these nails and I've already put the sculpting forms on, this sculpting form I've had to trim down a little bit. We've got a little video in the description area for that, if you want to click that link and also there will be a link for the prep and form application in there as well. So first of all I'm going to put a tiny bead, quite a small bead of clear acrylic onto the stress area. Just so I know that that's covered, the join is perfect, it's kind of like a little security blanket just so i know that that's got some strength there. Do the same on this one. Now you can either sculpt this entire nail in white acrylic but what we're going to do is we're going to do the whole nail in clear acrylic and we're going to use the white acrylic as our base colour. So you're going to take your clear acrylic, start at the cuticle area and we're going to do the length, we're doing an almond shape nail so
make sure you keep an eye on the shape, on the side walls, you want to get everything
as perfect as you can to reduce your filing time. Because it's clear it's slightly harder
to see so you've got to check all your angles, make sure you look down the barrel, make sure you check your side views, now we're going to pinch this nail so it's going to make it
a lot slimmer. We're going to move onto this nail and give this a pinch as well. While
that's holding that pinch I'm just going to check this nail over, i can take this form
off now. Take this one off. We're going to file these now with the same filing routine
as i always do. So side walls, then i go straight round the cuticle area, angling the file,
then i can go down the entire length of the nail, just to refine that and make it nice
and even, apex is in the right place, it should be in the back third of the nail, which should
lie around here. I can do the free edge shape now. Want a soft almond shape. Same again on this nail. Compare the two together, I'm just going to soften the tip of this one slightly. Now I'm going to buff them, you don't have to buff it too smooth because we're going to put gel on top of this if you make it too smooth the gel will pop off, you just want
to roughly go over. Just going to quickly wipe over with some acetone, I'm not going
to rub too much because i don't want to smooth the surface too much. Going to get a pad with some gel residue wipe on so that's going to help me keep that brush nice and clean. We're literally using this gel as colour. So get this cuticle area nice and neat. We're going
to do two coats. Same again on this nail. By pushing the product up infront of the brush
you will get a neat, crisp, cuticle. Pop that into the lamp for two minutes. That's cured
now, I'm going to wipe the sticky layer off there before I do any top coat or anything
like that. And i just want to buff it so it goes quite matte. Clean over that again. What
we're going to do now is we're going to make a 3D gel. You're going to get one part gel
to one part acrylic powder. Now I'm using white for both of these, have a lint free
pad with some gel residue wipe off ready to clean you tools. So you're going to get one
part gel, clean your tool, you've got one little scoop of that, then roughly the same
amount of powder. Mix that in. You can adjust how stiff this 3D gel is, so the more powder
you add the stiffer it will become, the less powder you have in the mixture then it's going
to be thinner. Make sure you've mixed it all up so it's all the same, it's all got the
same amount of powder running through, so you can see the difference now in that, it
holds its shape and that's what you're looking for, you're looking for it to hold its shape.
So you want it all together in the center so I've just moved all that all in the center
and you can see it still looks like gel. It's still shiny. Now I'm going to use a detailing
brush to do this design and we're going to do a rose, now at first for the rose you need
quite a big ball of your 3D gel. You just want to bring it down to a teardrop, ever
so slightly then you want to put that into the lamp for at least 2 minutes, so that's
pretty cured now, we'll do a longer cure after We're going to do this bit by bit. I'm going
to wrap this petal around the outside of the teardrop shape we've just created. Same again on this side. You can keep moving it about until you're happy with it. Right put that
in to the lamp, just get it froze so it doesn't move anywhere. You can also use a dotting
tool to carve through the product. You want to let it draw off the brush. If your brush
gets messy just use your wipe that's got your residue wipe off solution on. So around this
now we're going to do some filigree. I'm a bit of a fan of filigree. Going to draw it
quite slow. As soon as your happy with something you can just get it straight in the lamp and get it froze, just keep it in the same shape.If you want to readjust anything with a bit
more force just get a 3D brush, dip it in a little bit of the gel sticky layer wipe
off solution and it will help you to just tidy things up. so if you struggle to use
acrylic 3D, struggle to make whatever you want to make before it sets, this is ideal,
can make 3D gel and you can play with it until you're happy with it and then you can cure.
So go into your solution, dab it off and you can use that brush to just tidy anything up.
the easiest thing to do with the 3D gel is your little swirls, just pop the product on
and then use your 3D brush to move the product around. If you used a dry 3D brush it would stick to the 3D gel that we've made. Got to make sure you're going into the wipe off solution.Then I'm just going to check over the whole design, make sure certain parts are high enough. The good thing about the 3D gel is it's not like acrylic so it's not setting as you're doing it so you can adjust it about, if you don't like it you could take you know that
off that you didn't like before you cure. Right so you pop that into the lamp now, we're
going to keep that in for four minutes.

Now they're fully cured we're going to wipe over to remove any sticky layer. There will be slightly less of a sticky layer than there would be if it hadn't got the acrylic powder in. Just going to take off that sticky layer, it'll go quite matte which is quite a cool finish. You could just leave it like that but i don't want to. We're going to make this look antique, that's why i kept the background matte because I'm going to paint now, if you, you could do the same kind of thing with a shiny background and then all of this would be matte which would look really nice as well but we're going to make this look a bit more antique, so we're going to use some acrylic paint, I've got silver, white and black. You don't need a lot cos' we're going to do more of a, kind of a wash over and dry brushing and things like that. So you're going to need a detailing brush and some water. I want you to mix a little bit of black with your silver just to make it a bit more of a pewter silver. I want you to water it down and i want you to just brush over this rose and wipe off any excess. What it will do is it will just
sit into the recesses. I want you to get some black and make a wash out of the black, so
that's how watery it needs to be and just feed that into all those little recesses, this is just going to create shadow which will make the design pop out a little bit more. If you have any hard lines just go and rub the brush over it, just so you don't have too many hard lines. Now what we're going to do is get the white paint, going to dry brush over it, we don't want a lot of paint, you want it quite dry like that and you just want to touch, very lightly, on the raised parts, that'll just highlight anything. Then you go into the white, you can always add more highlighting, it will be a little bit brighter and whiter. Going to get some black now, water it down a little bit, not quite as watery as the other one, so we're just building the depth. Just going to add some lines to the background. We're going to do a similar thing now to this one. So silver, little bit of black, water. Now we're going to pop some stones on, just for a bit of bling. Going to use a bit of brush on glue, pop that where i want it. Pop that straight on. And what we're going to do now, thinly, nice and thinly, we're going to use the mega gloss sealer gel, and it's going to seal everything in, but you want to do it nice and thin. You want to make sure you get into all those little recesses so just use little sort of stabbing or jabbing motions, just so you know you're getting right into it. You can also pop a little bit round your stones so you know they're not going to go anywhere, it's going to help secure them. Just double check that you've covered everywhere. If you think you've done it too thick you can always drag any excess off.Going to pop those into the lamp for two minutes. So all we need to do now is pop some cuticle oil on. And that's the antique look nails.