Also, this project allows for tons of creative freedom, so you don't have to make it the same way I do. I made these specifically for a Silent Hill nurse costume, so I made them a bit more claw-like by cutting the sides of the nails at an angle. That isn't necessary if you don't like the way it looks.
Step 1: Everything You'll Need!
Next, you're going to need some acrylic paint in dark green, brown, black, and (optional) white. You can get these at any craft store for pretty cheap.
Scissors and an emery board are also going to be pretty necessary. (the emery board is included in this nail kit)
Lastly, a basic paint brush, something to wipe excess paint on, and something to mix colors on.
A few other optional things you can use are some newspaper to paint over to avoid a mess, some water to clean the brush, gloves to keep the mess off your hands, and acetone to remove any excess nail glue from your skin.
Step 2: To Begin...
Optional: you can file the sides of nail to fit your nail bed if necessary, and if you would like to create a claw-like affect, simply cut the sides at an angle.
Step 3: Creating the Broken Effect
Step 4: Filing the Surface
I also suggest filing the surface of your real nails just before applying these, because the glue will hold much better.
Step 5: Time to Paint!
I mixed the green and brown together and painted the nail starting from the top, then working my way down. I tried to change up my strokes and dabbed the paint in a few places to create texture. I've found that it also helps to add a drop of water the nail while the paint is wet so that it runs down to the edges a bit. It creates an interesting effect.
I let the green and brown mixture dry most of the way, then added a VERY light bit of black to the edges of the nail. I then cleaned my brush and blended the black into the green/brown mixture.
If you're planning on wearing these right away, you can always glue the nails on before painting them. The acrylic paint on your skin makes the area around your fingernails look worn and dirty, which can add a nice effect. Also, acrylic paint washes off of the skin pretty easily.
Step 6: Rinse and Repeat!
A few tips:
1. Don't be afraid to mess up! I bought that set of 200 nails for a reason! I screwed up 2 or 3 times making these, but all you have to do is start over on another nail!
2. If a fake nail is just a little too big to fit your finger, just trim/file it to size. Easy peasy.
3. Have lots and lots of fun! Be creative! Yay!
And that concludes my instructable! If you decide to do this I would love to see pictures! Thank you guys!