Monday, 9 April 2012

My first franken! Tropical Waters

Those of you who are not aware what a franken is, well it is taking different polishes and mixing them together to create your own concoction or making your own colour by adding pigments or glitter to clear polish. It comes from Frankenstein who in the novel gathered different parts to create his monster.

I've seen some gorgeous frankens, some people have even started up their own indie polish brand to sell their creations. I've wanted to try it for a while and finally decided to buy some glitter, bottles, shaking balls and clear polish to try it for myself. I have learnt a lot from doing it and have done a lot of research. My first franken whilst it wasn't a complete fail, (I love how it came out on my nails) I found that the dyes in the glitter bled into the clear polish, tinting the clear base which was unwanted. For the future, I need to find some glitters which are suitable to be mixed with solvents. I also learnt about glitter sinking to the bottom due to it needing a base to keep it suspended, clear polish just doesn't cut it. I can't find suspension bases online in the UK so for my second franken, I used a fine glitter polish and added to it. More on that in my next franken post.

Anyway, this is what I came up with:

I really need to get a macro lens to help with these close ups...
As yet it is un-named. My boyfriend said it reminds him of swimming pool tiles when you look into the swimming pool. I thought it was a really good description. I wont tell you exactly what glitters I used because I don't know which ones caused the colour bleeding and I don't want my readers to potentially waste their money.

The base colour I used under this was Color Club Lumin-icecent which is from the Foiled collection.

So what do you think of my first franken? Does anyone have any name suggestions so I can stick a little label on it to finish it off?

Thanks to The Polish Anon's comment below, I'm now going to call this polish 'Tropical Waters'. 

Jennifer xx


  1. It looks pretty! Kind of reminds me of shimmery fish scales too, aside from pool tiles. :)

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks! I love these sorts of colours.

  3. This is sooo pretty! I've never heard of a franken before but it's a great idea!

    1. Thanks Gemma, if you get a spare moment, have a Google. There are such amazing franken polishes out there and there is a bit of a boom in indie brands selling their frankens. I will be posting about some franken polishes I purchased from an indie brand called Pretty & Polished soon if you are interested.

  4. Lovely colour! It is also my first time to hear about Franken! I have to study about it!!

  5. Oh wow, this is such a beauty! I'm thinking mermaids and tropical waters!!! What an accomplishment for a first franken! Keep it up, please!!!

    1. Thanks! I like the tropical waters idea, I think I'm going to call it that now. :)

      I have a purple and gold one coming up soon. Unfortunately, one of the glitters in each of these has bled but it still works and looks okay so it doesn't matter.

  6. Really beautiful and lovely colours :)

  7. Glitter suspension base is now available at

  8. You can get solvent resistant glitters and suspension base in the UK at


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