robin loops wrote:just like an artificial nail only you have to cut out the nail shape from the ping pong ball, which just happens to be the perfect size for the amount of curvature of a nail. And supposedly the perfect consistency of material. And they are cheaper than acrylic nails. I have never tried it but have known a few that swore by them.
Thanks. How do they attach the material?
You use super glue. The way I was taught by my teacher is to first thin the material a bit. Cut out the amount of material that goes past the split or chip and extends to the length you normally keep your nails. Cut to the correct shape for the nail and use a piece of scotch tape to hold the ping pong ball material. If I remember correctly, he used a post-it to make a template for the shape of the repair. Then he put the post-it template on the ping pong ball material and cut out that shape.
Apply super glue to the nail or repair material and position it carefully. Adhere it by pressing it on the nail being repaired letting the tape keep you from gluing your finger to the nail being repaired.
The tape allows you to hold onto the repair material and push it down, then you only have to peel off the tape.
Once you have peeled the tape off, then cut out a piece of nail silk and lay it over the edge where the ping pong ball meets the good part of the nail. This layer will keep you from catching it on something and popping off the repair. Usually, nail silk comes with an adhesive side. After sticking it down over the joint, add superglue to strengthen it.
When all is dry, you can file the ping pong ball just like you would file your nail. The main thing to remember about this method is that the string still makes contact with your real nail; the repair is to reinforce the nail to keep a split from propagating during usage or add length if you had to file down because of a bad chip (in which case the ping pong ball IS making contact with the string). The ping pong ball is on top
of your real nail. As your nail grows out, you keep filing the repair material as needed. At some point, it pops off (mine lasted 3 weeks) and either your nail has grown back enough, or you make another patch.
I only needed one repair like this. My own nails are now in very good shape and I haven't needed a repair since my second week of playing CG.
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