Nail Gloves tutorial
D.I.Y Tutorial Time!
Hey there, fellow weirdos!
Does your character have permanent claws, but you don't want to go through the hassle of wearing fake nails? Do you want to look like you've dipped your hands in blood, but find using fake blood to be messy? Perhaps your character has been tainted by the Abyss, but playing with makeup is too time consuming?
Here's a fun costuming trick to help achieve those looks without painting your arms/hands or gluing fake nails to your fingers!
What you'll need: Sheer gloves, fake nails, nail glue, acrylic paint, and a paint brush. The picture included is of the steps and the finished product.
Step 1: Try on your unpainted gloves and see how far you'll want the paint to come up. Make a mental note of where it will need to stop. Once you have an idea of what you want to do, gently remove the gloves and lay them out. Remember, material is like pantyhose, so it could tear if you're too rough with it.
Step 2: Either on a plate, in a cup, or in s bowl, squeeze out a glob of paint. Add a small amount of water to thin out paint. Mix. The more water you add, the lighter the color will be. Make sure not to add *too* much, or else you may have to do multiple layers or add more paint.
Step 3: Start painting! For the set you see in the picture, I used red to simulate blood, but you can use whatever color you like. I started with my hands first, then worked my way up the arm. Warning: this part can be messy! Make sure the paint thoroughly covers both sides of the gloves. For a more "natural" look, try to avoid harsh lines when you reach your stopping point. When you get close to the edge, try using a dabbing technique by gently patting (using less paint) with the brush for a lighter color and a more blended transition.
Step 4: Let the gloves dry. This may take a while. I like to hang mine in front of a standing fan to speed up the process. Once your gloves are dry (especially the fingers), they will feel hard and crunchy. Gently pull on the fingers to stretch and soften the painted material. Then, put on your gloves to see if you like the color. If you'd like the paint to be darker, repeat the painting and drying process until you reach the shade you like. The gloves in the picture took 2 or 3 tries. When they're dry and you are satisfied, take them off.
Step 5: Paint your fake nails with polish, or you can use straight acrylic for a matte look. Alternatively, you can buy fake nails that are already painted. I like to glue tiny rhinestones on mine (as seen in the picture), but that part is optional. Your nails can be as plain or as decorated as you'd like. If you would rather just the gloves by themselves, then you can skip the nails and ignore these other steps.
Step 6: Once your nails are dry, gently out on one of the gloves. Put some nail glue over where your real fingernails are, and then on the underside of the fake nail. Place the fake nail onto your finger, press down, and hold until the glue dries. Do only one nail at a time. Once all the nails are on and fully dry, gently rock and pull each nail until the glove separates from your finger. Be VERY careful not to tear the material. Once the glove is no longer attached to your hand, you can take it off and repeat this process with the other glove. I also glued little rhinestones to the hands/arms of my gloves, but you don't have to.
Congrats, you're done! Admire your work!
If you try this, feel free to share the pics with us. We'd love to see what you come up with!