WTH is that I hear you exclaiming, well, that’s kind of what I thought so I had to give it a go and see how it worked. This is in fact a water marbling comb from Born Pretty Store, Jim though it was an afro comb and it could very well be, everyday nail artists are finding use for everyday objects in nail art.
It has a plastic, easy grip handle and 12 metal prongs and it is supposed to make it easy to get multiple, evenly spaced swirls.
It’s a lot bigger than I thought it would and I’ve put it with some polish bottles here to give you an idea of it’s size. Keeping in mind my inability to have a consistent water marbling talent, and the size of the comb, I decided to try this with dry marbling instead because at least then I could get a good gauge of how it worked.
These were my first attempts, I have never really done dry marbling before anyway and so it was a little bit of a learning curve but I started to get the hang of it and realised quickly that it wasn’t just about the patterning, like water marbling, it depended more on the polishes that you use and how you lay them down on the plastic.
These were my next attempts. See, I’m getting better, but it still wasn’t good enough. I wanted to get a distinct, even pattern but these attempts had given me an idea.
I place the yellow in the middle and did the colours the same on both sides graduating outwards for my final attempts, then I moved the comb quickly from one side to the other and then back between those line in the opposite direction.
As you can see, these ones turned out much, much better and it actually looked like a water marble.
The comb prongs needed to be cleaned quickly between each ‘swipe’ which was easy to do with just a cotton pad with some nail polish remover on it.
This is pretty easy to use once you get used to it and it can definitely aid in doing designs much quicker than doing each line individually, plus that chunky, grippable handle is fab for those of us who sometimes find it difficult to grip the standard, paint brush handled dotting tools and other tiny things we currently use to achieve this look.
I do think I need to try this with an actual water marble at some point, I’ll need to find a container that is the right size for both the comb to fit and the marble to work well, I would like to see a smaller version of this comb appear in the future.
Afterwards, I applied topcoat to the dry marble and once they were dry, I cut out and applied them to my nails, then topped it off with a coat of Seche Vite. Dry marbling is a really good way to get the effect without the mess and stress.