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Artificial nails can be found at most any drug or grocery store but for many of us they are too narrow and just don’t fit. If they do that’s great and you will have a much easier time finding them. For those who have large fingers or want longer nails than the store offers this will be interesting for you. Longer nails make your fingers look thinner.
I use unpainted Talon Nails purchased from their website listed on our LINKS section because they are well made, extra long, and have numbers on the end that you don’t file or cut off. I cut the nails with scissors to my length and then file to the desired shape.
I made a lazy Susan then drilled holes for 1/4 inch dowels for the fingers and 1/2 inch for the thumbs. I sanded them so they are rounded on top to make them fit the underside of the nail. The smaller dowels go on the outer edge of the wheel and the larger thumbs toward the center. Placing two sided tape or the press on nail tabs on top of the dowel will grip the bottom of the nail so it stays put while you paint he nails. Press the nails firmly onto the dowels and then just rotate the wheel in front of you while you polish.
After two coats of polish followed by a clear top coat and drying overnight they are ready to wear. The best way that I have found to secure the nail is from CHIC’s first president Lane who used Dap contact cement pictured above. You can get it at Home Depot along with the throw away metal flux brush. Contact cement is in the paint section and the flux brush in tools where the solder is.
The very last thing that you do before you go out after hair makeup and everything is the nails. To put them on wash your hands then clean the underside of the nail and the top of your nails with alcohol and let dry. Using the flux brush spread a thin coat of contact cement on both the underside of the artificial nail and your nail and let dry for 10 minutes. IMPORTANT don’t cheat on the time because it works much better if you are patient. After the 10 minutes is up take the artificial nail and hold it at an angle so the back edge touches your cuticle. Align it with your finger and then press down and quickly check for straightness and make any adjustments quickly before it sets. Next roll your thumb over the nail so it is firmly in place and repeat with the other nails. Watch TV or play solitaire for another 10 minutes and you should be good for the night.
To take the nails off when you get home just grab the end pinched between your thumb and index finger and twist the nail off with gentle steady pressure. You can clean the residue off with nail polish remover or acetone. The nails can be used over and over again if you put them in a tin can or something that you will never eat or drink out of and just cover them with Goo Gone for 24 hours. The contact cement will just roll right off and then you can rinse them off in warm water but be sure to wipe them dry to avoid water marks. I store mine in one of those plastic pill cases with the days of the week on them that you get at the drug store.