Nail emergency

Eric John SawyerEric John Sawyer Posts: 9Member
Hi Ya, one and all.
It's my first day here.

As I was browsing the internet for a solution to my nail emergency, I came upon a post here titled 'Fake nails?' and decided to join up and find out some details about how this is done.

Seriously, I've been planning to sort this out -- and managed to get by, but I desperately need help to get some fake nails on for my next rehearsal in six days time.

So, if you've got any ideas about how to fix it up chop chop, please comment here or email me.

Peace,
Eric John Sawyer
http://aerycksmusic.wordpress.com/
North Walsham, UK.

Comments

  • LesterLester Posts: 1,606Member, Moderator
    edited March 2017
    One I have never tried is to use a table tennis ball, suitably cut to shape and glued on as a fake nail, as it provides a plectrum-like feel. Thinkng about it, fake nails are solid and the curvature if a nail makes them as solid as a thumbpick. A table tennis ball could be too thin if it was flat but curved on a fingernail I can see the merit in trying it.
  • Hi Lester.
    I've got the same idea in mind, but now what do I use to stick it on to my nail? I've thought of superglue, but I read about 'silk' with a kind of bonding glue. Also a kind of gel which hardens the nail to be super tough, and something known as riconails (but they take 3 weeks to deliver)

    Eric.
  • BuzzwagonBuzzwagon Posts: 143Member
    Don't you guys have nail bars near you? I'd go and ask the experts.

    Jerry
  • Originally Posted By: Lester
    One I have never tried is to use a table tennis ball, suitably cut to shape and glued on as a fake nail, as it provides a plectrum-like feel. Thinkng about it, fake nails are solid and the curvature if a nail makes them as solid as a thumbpick. A table tennis ball yould be too thin if it was flat but curved on a fingernail I can see the merit in trying it.


    I've been watching a James Taylor video, that seems to be the idea way of doing this: click here
  • Originally Posted By: Buzzwagon
    Don't you guys have nail bars near you? I'd go and ask the experts.

    Jerry


    Hi Buzzwagon,
    I found this one , and it's thirty squid for a set of nails -- acrylic/gel. I checked out a video where the guy nearly lost his nails using acrylic -- the gel is a total mission -- buying UV Lamp and the gel etc.
  • Okay! smile I've found a Nail Bar just around the corner, perfect! It's actually called Perfections -- now there I go! a big old bearded bloke to sit among the gals getting their fingers and toes beautified, for a set of three nails to pound 'em steel strings. rofl
  • Or, you could do this:

    Nail Care and Repair for Guitarists

    Quote:
    This is a tutorial that describes how to get a great right hand sound on the guitar. The technique uses glue, acyrlic powder powder, and 400 sandpaper to thicken and smooth the nails. The method is simple, quick, and inexpensive.

    Check my songs out on http://www.reverbnation.com/tomhanlon
  • Okay! smile I finally took myself up to the Nail Bar and got punk'd nails fixed up : http://aerycksmusic.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/punk-rocked-my-finger-nails-again/



  • LesterLester Posts: 1,606Member, Moderator
    I watched the John Hanlon video and because I already use superglue for nail repairs, adding acrylic powder is a simple addition so I have just ordered some and will pick it up when I am in the UK for Christmas.
  • Originally Posted By: Lester
    I watched the John Hanlon video and because I already use superglue for nail repairs, adding acrylic powder is a simple addition so I have just ordered some and will pick it up when I am in the UK for Christmas.


    Hi Lester,
    Apparently one needs a bonding agent as well, or else it will just break. Apparently, one needs the actual gel paste. I had a pair put on and they have lasted six days of repeated pounding. Good nails. Only cost me 8 quid for three.
    Now, if I can just get a pot of that acrylic gel. I've got nail cleaner, and nail glue for when the acrylic nails lift. They did a bit, but they're still rock solid on my nails.
    I don't think it's ideal but it sure got me through the rehearsal and now I want to see if I can figure out how to get a pot of that magic acrylic gel.
  • Just a couple of very interesting websites, that discuss the different nail treatments. Actually, the first is a forum and the second is a website.

    1. Forum: Classical Guitar (2007)

    Quote:
    Many of us wear acrylic nails without any problems. ( read post )


    2. Website: Posh Paws and Perfect

    Quote:
    'Guitar players have become the 'all new clientele' in salon today.

    Within 3 months of launching and promoting this service, I have gained 5 clients who benefit the service of nail extensions to aid they’re career. I currently have 1 lady and 4 men. Yes that's right, men have braved entering this industry.

    Guitar players can use any of the three nail systems that I offer - Gel , Acrylic and Fibreglass. ... ( read all )
  • LesterLester Posts: 1,606Member, Moderator
    I will be in the UK over Christmas and New Year where I can ask a friend who is a nail technician.
  • LesterLester Posts: 1,606Member, Moderator
    It was easy: ask a professional and get the right answers! Acrylic nail powder is one half of the chemical equation, the other being called acrylic liquid, AKA acrylic nail liquid, which I found confusing as this is nothing to do with acrylic nails which are false nails. Here is the video showing how to use the powder and liquid.

    While I was in the UK I came across Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails nail varnish which I used many years ago. I couldn't remember why I stopped so I bought a bottle and am testing that now. Afterwards I will try the acrylic powder and liquid to see if I can tell the difference.
  • Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,052Member
    For breakages during a gig: Superglue - tissue paper - a glass nail file.
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