Correct Liquid and Powder Product Ratio, Online Video Lessons

To achieve a perfect bead mix, submerge the brush into the acrylic liquid and gently spread your brush on the bottom of the dappen dish. Doing this will release any air that is trapped inside your acrylic nail brush. Wipe your acrylic brush with a single swipe over the side of your dappen dish to remove any excess liquid, then using the tip of your acrylic brush, gently drag and press your brush into the powder in three short strokes. Remove from the powder straight away, don't leave the acrylic brush sitting in the acrylic powder and the bead should be perfectly formed. Look at it and make sure that all the powder gets absorbed into the liquid. The bead should have a slightly dimpled look and resemble that of frosted glass — not too shiny with no excess powder around the edges of the bead. If the bead looks dry get rid of it and start over. If the bead is too shiny (wet) tap it gently back into the powder to pick up a small amount of powder.
Service breakdown could result without the right amount of liquid. When the bead is too dry it will not adhere to the nail plate correctly cause lifting and the mix will dry too quickly causing weakness, and air bubbles. When the bead is too wet the result is potential lifting, bubbles, excessive shrinking, overexposure to the acrylic liquid, and lengthened set and cure time.

I want to talk to you in this video about bead consistency. I still know a lot of people who are still having problems with bead consistency.

When you're doing art work it doesn't matter so much if your bead is a little bit wetter, but when you're doing your pink and whites your bead consistency needs to be correct. And when you're doing your overlays on top of your art work, your bead consistency needs to be correct because it's that that gives you the strength.

So, I want to show you right and wrong ways of doing bead consistency. A lot of people dip into the liquid and then start doing this on the side of the dappen dish, getting all that liquid out the brush, and then they go into the powder, and they pick up basically what is too much of a dry bead. You can still see all the little dints in it, it's not going shiny, it's not going wet at all. That will be very difficult to work with.

The other thing people do is too much of a wet consistency when they're doing their pink and whites. They go in, they tap off ever so lightly and they pick up a bead up and it literally falls off onto the towel. Far too wet. So the idea is is that you get into your head a structure of how to pick up each bead. My idea of it is: brush goes all the way in, draws back fully on the side of the dappen dish, one, two, three. Do that again: all the way in, draw back, one, two, three. That will give you a nice consistency bead. It will start off slightly like a golf ball and than it will wetten up and that'll be a nice bead to work with.

And that's about bead consistency.