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31DC2018 Day 08: Metallic – 3D Steel Tread (Diamond Plate)

Ooh, look! Shiny! For the 31 Day Challenge for 2018. We’ve hit Day 08’s Metallic prompt. For this I chose to do a Chrome Metallic – 3D Steel Tread (Diamond Plate) inspired mani.  [Explore entries on Instagram #31DC2018 ]

Buff & Pollish - 31DC2018 Day 08 Metallic - 3D Diamond Plate Steel Tread


I was wanting to do something like this for years. I had an original plan to do a hammered metal in acrylic, and then paint it to look worn and rusted. But that was several years ago and one of the times where I ended up hospitalised, so I never did it. Though I didn’t forget my idea, but it is a bit time consuming, so was yet to do it. Then to my surprise, I remembered seeing Cathy from More Nail Polish do one in chrome last year, and it looked rad.

I thought it would be nice to recreate one of her manis after all the work she’s put into organising the challenge / links each year since Sarah (Chalkboard Nails) stopped, so consider this that mani. She was in turn inspired by @lakobotan.

Buff & Pollish - 31DC2018 Day 08 Metallic - 3D Diamond Plate Steel Tread

Also I did mine differently and used chrome powder instead of  Chrome Mirror Polish, to give it a more mottled effect. Over a black base polish, I built up the tread pattern with gel and then top coated with one of the no wipe top coats I have, before rubbing in powder. I sort of dabbed it around as rubbing it on so it looked a little textured. You can’t notice it in real life so much but here in the close up you can see the effect. It looks way more dramatic here though being so close.

The damn thing was so reflective I was so hard to capture to catch both, light, shadow AND 3D in the one shot, but I hope you can see the detail. Ugh, as much as I love chrome and pigment powders, this stuff gets bloody everywhere! Seriously. My eyebrows? Didn’t even touch my face…

I’m sure I’m gonna be eating chrome for the next two weeks. As much as I love glitters and chrome, I can pass on the mess.

ALSO: running late today as busy with stuff. It’s the weekend, there’s some madness going on. Also I’ve been swatching my arse off and waiting for my replacement globe to arrive. So, apologies about the delay with replies and comments and posts; I hope the wait was worth it. I’ll be catching up on the InLinkz manis in the next day or two.


And that wraps up my 31DC2018 Day 08: Metallic – 3D Steel Tread (Diamond Plate) mani.

Please read my Intro Post to see what goals and aims I have set for nail art in this year’s 31 Day Challenge. And how to join us or post your links so they appear in the group photo grid (InLinkz) below.

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  1. Zara TracesOfPolish 3rd October 2018 Reply

    These nails are spectacular!

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      Lia Lacquerista 9th October 2018 Reply

      Thank you so much! It was really fun to wear.
      Though I just wish we could wear things a little longer sometimes after all the effort that goes into some manis haha 😉

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