Techniques Challenge: Quilted Nails

I had a bit of a fail on this one. After looking at several tutorials I decided to use the technique of pressing dental floss or the edge of something into a layer of not quite dry polish. I made a horrible mess of it – my lines didn’t come out looking smooth, I tried various implements to make the lines with and they all looked a bit sticky and uneven. I was starting to despair when I finally decided to use the caviar beads which I was going to put in the corner of each little diamond shape, along the messy ridges I’d created.

As soon as I started doing it, I knew I’d left quilted nails behind and had moved onto a completely different technique and style. However I thought it was seasonally appropriate as my purple nails with bead lined diamonds looked quite carnivalesque.

It still isn’t my proudest achievement, the lines aren’t very straight and my diamonds are of varying sizes, but it looks a lot better than when I was attempting to create indentations for quilted nails. Perhaps I need to spend a bit more time watching tutorials and come back to quilted nails another time.


I used: Violet Femme – Picture Polish, Cupid’s Arrow Caviar Pearls – Ciaté


  1. ok, so first off i LOVE this look. second…seriously try striping tape! the mani i am putting up tomorrow is quilted (go figure) and was made 100% with striping tape. it came out great. I was too hesitant to try the floss method because trying to figure out exactly how dry everything had to be sounded like a headache…seems maybe i was right!

  2. I think my favorite part of the technique challenge has been seeing how everyone interprets the technique itself – it’s one thing to interpret a huge theme like “flowers” but when you narrow down a technique and still get such hugely different looks I think it’s awesome! These are most definitely what I would call quilted – but you’ve created a whole new method for achieving it, and that’s wonderful! I think they look great, and quit beating yourself up!

    1. Haha! Thanks Ali, I need someone like you to make me think a bit more positively! I also love seeing how differently people have interpreted the techniques in this challenge and the “I never thought of that!” moment.

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