Then wear tightly woven cotton gloves with the tips of the fingers cut off.
As you can imagine, during an average workweek, a fresh manicure will last, on average, one day. If I'm very lucky, a manicure could last two days. When several friends told me about gel nail polish and the amazing fact that a manicure with gel polish lasts two weeks or more, I was intrigued!
Thinking that this would be the answer to my plain, unpolished nails, I decided to investigate gel polish. Surely it would be better than acrylic nails which often permanently damages nails.
Although gel nail polish gave me a beautiful manicure that lasted almost three weeks, I did have 5 concerns. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Some of the gel nail polishes contain a chemical called methyl acrylate which can cause an allergic skin reaction, called contact dermatitis. Wherever the chemical comes into contact with the skin, a rash may develop. Because we inadvertently touch our eyes throughout the day, the rash can also involve our eyelids.
The rash from methyl acrylate is usually red, itchy, bumpy and uncomfortable. It may last a week or two. Richard Sachleben, an expert spokesman for the American Chemical Society and an organic chemist with more than 30 years of experience, points out that research to date on TPP suggests that the chemical is a "low priority" for further research because both acute and chronic toxicity is low in humans and the outcome amounts to mild irritation.
Sachleben praised the Duke and EWG study as sound science, but pointed out that the research as it's designed doesn't establish whether elevated levels of TPP actually hurt human beings.
The most disturbing thing about the chemical is its potential to interfere with hormones, but these studies have only been conducted in animals or show correlation, not causation, in human beings. A July study found that mice treated with TPP for about a month had shrunken testes , while a June study found that TPP was among a class of flame retardants that can alter sex hormones in zebra fish.
And a study in human beings found that higher levels of TPP in the home most likely found in furniture foam was linked to a lower sperm concentration and an increase in prolactin, a hormone associated with sexual problems in men.
While consumers have less cause for concern, the people who actually do nails for a living, day in and day out, are awash in these chemicals and bear the brunt of their harmful effects in the body. Dibutyl phthalate, for instance, is also a hormone disruptor, and Quach has observed that as this chemical is removed from nail polish, other chemicals are increasing in volume to replace it.
She added that while TPP has always been in nail polishes in smaller doses, its amount is now increasing in association with the decreasing use of dibutyl phthalate.
And because nail techs are exposed to these polishes all day through particles in the air, the potential risks are even greater for them than they are for consumers. To be clear, however, the Duke research identified chemical uptake via nail polish, not particles in the air, as the problem. Instead of activists and researchers playing wack-a-mole with chemicals, campaigning against one toxic substance only for it to be replaced by another, Quach thinks that voters should push the government to regulate cosmetic products comprehensively, so that there are no more endocrine disruptors or toxic chemicals in them.
Nail polishes and other nail products are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration , but not at the pre-market stage. That picture with the different cabochans reminds me of those little colored glass pieces that you can put inside of vases and what not. I can't wait to try this out! Thanks for your kind comment frogyfish.
I hope you have fun with this craft. This is a delightful new craft, at least to me. Loved your video instruction, both of them.
I will have to get some crackle polish, which I have never seen because I don't wear nail polish, and have fun! Lots of ideas here. Thanks much for sharing your tips.
This method is inexpensive and fun. The only real expense of doing this is the crackle nail polish. Thanks for your visit! Right--I was thinking of any possible adverse effect on the polish itself Thanks for stopping by DzyMsLizzy. As long as the stone is taped down to the table or set in putty a blowdryer could definatley speed up the process. If it isn't attached, it will blow off the table.
Thanks so much for your comment. Thanks so much for reading and commenting babergirl. I am sure you know exactly what can be done with crackle polish. I appreciate your visit and kind comment. I love this idea. Being that my profession is a cosmetologist, you can only imagine how many bottles of nail polish I own.
I bet this would be a fun little craft to do with my girls. They are old enough that they could do this, and they are really getting into jewelry! Thanks for the great idea Thanks for stopping by Kelleyward. These are easy to make and so unique. Thanks for your lovely comment. Wow Tammy I'm amazed at how easy it is, or you made it to be, to make nail polish jewelry.
Thanks for sharing your tips! I love your idea's, so very unique. This hub has so much information and laid out perfectly.
Thanks for your wonderful comments and for being such a wonderful follower. I appreciate you so much. This was wonderful information and I love your tips. I'll share this information with my sister.
Thanks for writing and share with us. Rated up and take care! What a wonderful idea, I am so excited about trying this - my grandchildren will enjoy it too! I had no idea you could make jewelry with nail polish! What a cool idea. I will share this hub with my nieces, that always look for craft ideas. I love the purple one on top. I can always count on you to bring us inspirational hubs!
Voted up and sharing of course! I am not sure if you can crackle a stone that is already colored. If it is a translucent stone, you can apply crackle to the back of it and it may show up. It wouldn't look the same. I will experiment with that and let you know if any thing works. It is addictive and so much fun. You can make one for every outfit! I saw this stones in colors the other day. I wonder what you could do to 'crackle' those? My daughter who is fond of nailpolish and jewelry will love this creativity.
Thanks for the comment alifeofdesign. This is a wonderful craft. It can be done in the time it takes polish and glue to dry and it looks amazing. I appreciate you stopping by!
My nieces would love this idea. Thank you, tammyswallow, for sharing. I hadn't seen this craft idea before and it's particularly good because it cane be an afternoon craft. All too often, I'm inspired to craft a much larger project that takes weeks to complete. It's refreshing to make something you can wear that night! I love making jewelry will try this.
Thanks for your comment creativelycc! These are beautiful and they look stunning on all sorts of ring bases. It is a harsh look and I don't think I would wear it on my nails, but it brings this jewelry to life. You can put regular nail polish on top of it and it shines through. I appreciate your visit and wish you the very best as well! I love this, they are so beautiful. They would make great Christmas gifts. I never heard of crackle nail polish, I'll have to look for some the next time I'm at Walmart.
Thank you very much and the best to you! Thanks so much for your wonderful comment Ms. This is a fun craft and the combinations of colors are endless. I appreciate your visit. What a great way to use nail polish and those floral stones I have tucked away in my closet! Love the idea of having rings to match your nail polish!
Thanks for visiting and for your kindness Ruchira! That is not me in the video at the bottom. You can hear and see me on my Ghost Hunter's Interviews though. I sound very country. Good to see you! Tammy your daughter will be lucky to have this talented and creative mom to help her dazzle amongst her friends.
Voted up, useful, and awesome Tammy. This is a great article. It really is a very good idea and very creative. Beautiful examples as well. Thanks for stopping by Learner This is a great starter craft and great for girls. It is so much fun. That is so sweet of you ishwaryaa22! I hope to start a business one day. My favorite jewelry to make is still the resin jewelry. It is nice to meet someone else who enjoys it too.
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