This post is going to be all about swatchicles! Isn’t that the cutest word? “What on earth is that?” , do I hear you ask? Well it’s quite simply a portmanteau of swatches and popsicles! The nail tips (swatches) are attacked to popsicle sticks.
The tools you need to create swatchicles are:
- Fake Nail Tips, I got mine from Born Pretty Store, you get 500 for about $6.02. I only used the three largest sizes, 0, 1 and 2.
- Sticks! You can either use popsickle sticks or thinner sticks, mine are from a Belgian Office Supply called AVA and are called stirrers. They’re about 0,5cm wide and 14cm tall. I paid €4/$5 for 1000 sticks.
- Glue! I know some people used Helmer’s Glue for their swatchicles but I used a glue gun. If you have settings on your glue gun make sure to use the lowest, if you don’t have a temperature setting (like me) make sure to wait a few seconds (5 to 10) before attaching the plastic nail tips to the sticks with glue since they can melt slightly from the 200°C+ heat.
- A pen to write the name/brand and other information on the sticks, I used a Staedtler Pigment Liner in 0.3 but any other pen can work, you’ll have to try it out and see which one works best for you.
Once you have the nail tips attached with glue to the sticks you can start painting them! I painted mine in batches, I had platters full of sticks and a note which told me at which layer I was. Most polishes required two or more layers but I never did more than five.
On the front side I wrote the brand and name of the polish, on the back I have a number which indicates how many layers I used to create the desired coverage.
This is my full collection swatched! Not including top and base coats. I think this is about 300 sticks. I arranged them by colour; neutrals, red/pink, orange/yellow, green, blue, purple, black/white/grey and glitters/crackles.
Then I made a box to hold my swatchicles! You can keep them in a big jar but as the colours get mixed up it’s hard to find what you’re looking for. I made this box out of cardboard and created the partitions, attaching everything with a hot glue gun. I keep a box with used wrapping papers and found this pretty baroque print, I attached that with a hot glue gun as well. The black bits of the design are soft and fuzzy!
And here is the finished result! A box of colour! It looks so pretty on my desk, I cannot stop staring at my polish rainbow! It really brightens up my day. It’s so much easier to find the colours I need now. During the creative process of creating nail art this method saves me so much time. It also makes comparing colours a lot easier, by doing this I found out that I have a lot more dupes than I thought! Hmmm! Whoops, not so great haha. 😀
This process took me a few weeks to finish, at one point I thought I would never finish it at all but it came together in the end! So happy! How do you keep track of your stash? Do you have a special way of organizing your colours or making an inventory? Do you want to make swatchicles too after seeing this post? If you need tips on how to go about this project let me know in the comments and I will gladly help you with any questions you might have! Hope you enjoyed this post! 🙂