When I started in this business, I thought flocking was something that you put onto fake animals for their fur. This is still somewhat true but nowadays there are so many more cool applications for flocking. Over the years we’ve supplied flocking to special effects departments, make-up and prosthetics artists and technicians, wardrobe departments…you name it.
So, what is flocking you ask? According to that (sort of) trusted source Wikipedia, flocking “is the process of depositing many small fiber particles (called flock) onto a surface. It can also refer to the texture produced by the process, or to any material used primarily for its flocked surface. Flocking of an article can be performed for the purpose of increasing its value in terms of the tactile sensation, aesthetics, color and appearance. It can also be performed for functional reasons including insulation, slip-or-grip friction, and low reflectivity.”
Who thought that would include putting it on your nails?! I’m not sure who we need to thank for this latest use that we recently discovered, but what the heck, it looks and sounds cool. Who doesn’t want “velvet nails”?!
We won’t get into a “how to” on all flocking techniques but here are some tips and techniques for flocking your nails. And hey, make sure you post your nails on one of our social media sites (see below) so we can recognize your artistry!
1. Get a colour of nail polish similar to the colour of the flocking (this is what my colleagues keep saying but I have to say I’m personally curious to see how it looks when you use a different colour on your nails from the flocking colour).
2. Put down a layer of polish on the nail.
3. Take some flocking with tweezers and drop it on the wet polish. Only do ONE NAIL at a time, don’t paint all your nails and then flock each of them.
4. Generously cover the nail with flocking.
5. Lightly tamp the flocking down with your finger.
6. Lightly brush excess away with a makeup brush.
7. Let dry. No top coat needed.
To take off the flocking and nail polish, use your regular nail polish remover. And yes, you CAN wash your hands with flocking on your nails. We also have liquid latex that can be very helpful with keeping nail polish off your cuticles during application*.
Here’s a good You Tube demo, thanks to Qtpost.com, for posting: Velvet Nail Video
*Be sure to test for latex allergy by applying a small amount to your hand before you start your manicure.