DIY: “The Hobbit” Inspired Nails!

I received this beautiful gold sparkle nail polish in my stocking this Christmas, and I had the perfect  idea of what to do with it. Earlier this week, I gathered together a bunch of other polish colors from my collection, and went about making a design inspired by Smaug.

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The colors I used were:

Ruby Ruby by Sinful Colors

Honey Ryder by OPI

Matte About You by essie

and a generic black thin brush polish that came in some crazy design set. You can also use black acrylic paint and a thin paintbrush.

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My first step was to put a layer of the red on my pointer finger and thumb nails.

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I then painted the rest of my nails with the gold glitter polish, to represent Smaug’s treasure trove. Once I was done with the gold, the red polish had dried a little, and I added a second layer.

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In order to make the red look more like dragon skin, I applied the matte topcoat to the red nails (once the polish was dry).

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The next step was to draw dragon scales on the red nailpolish. I used the thin brush and the black polish to make it stand out, but you could use any color you prefer to draw the scales. I scaled the entire pointer finger, but I only did the top of the thumb nail for classy variety.

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Smaug is described as having jewels buried in his scales, due to the fact that he has slept in the dwarves’ riches for so long. So to mimic this, I finished off by painting over the scales with a silver-y glitter topcoat.

Here’s the end result:

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What do you think? Is this adequately Smaug-like? This whole design was really easy to do (well, when using my dominant hand, at least). If you give it a try (or do something similar), let me know!

3 thoughts on “DIY: “The Hobbit” Inspired Nails!

  1. That’s fun! I love it when people figure out how to represent a fandom/interest in unique ways. Where did you buy the Matte About You? I can’t find it in stores anywhere!

    • Thanks, Miranda! I was looking for the Matte About You for a few months in stores, but couldn’t find it. I finally just gave in and bought it on Amazon for about $6.

      • Gah, alright. I keep almost buying it online and then hoping I’ll find it in stores. But it’s been… over two years of searching and I still haven’t found it!

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