Ball and Chain: Easy Textured Nail Art Design

Hello Nail Artists! I hope everyone had a pleasant weekend. Today I would like to share the 2nd to last nail art design I created for the MoYou London Challenge. This one was for Day 26 and the theme was Texture. I’ve been crazy into texture lately so I was excited to have an actual reason to load my nails up with textured goodness! I try to come up with fun names for these designs and “Ball and Chain” was the first thing that popped into my head while viewing the finished design, so I went with it.
Main image for Ball and Chain nail art design.
The finished design and the photo I entered in the contest.

Provisions:
Basecoat: Nail Tek Foundation II
Base color: Julep Farrah
Accent color: Julep Cameron
Stamping plate: MoYou London Suki 05XL
Stamping polish: Mundo de Unas (14) Violet
Embellishments: Silver rhinestones from Born Pretty Store, Silver chain from an Amazon seller

Image of nails polished with Julep Farrah.
My nails polished with Julep Farrah, a lilac polish with a silk finish intended to be used without topcoat.
I started off by applying 2 coats of Julep’s Farrah to all of my fingernails. The color is somewhat more lilac than it appears in the photo above, but it shows it’s true colors in the photo below. It has Julep’s Silk finish which is similar to OPI’s Satin and is meant to be worn without topcoat.
Image of nails stamped with MoYou London Suki 05 plate.
Just finished stamping with a MoYou London design and Mundo de Unas polish.
Farrah dried really quick and I moved on to stamping every finger with an image from MoYou London’s Suki 05XL plate using Mundo de Unas violet polish.
Image of nails polished & stamped with Julep's Cameron on the tips.
Added Julep’s Cameron, a textured silver lilac polish with matte glitter, to the tips.
I applied Julep’s Cameron to the tips using a line in the stamped design as a guide. Cameron is a Stardust finish which is similar to the OPI Liquid Sand polishes. It is a silver lilac with matte glitter that coordinated beautifully, in my opinion, with Farrah.
Completed design with rhinestones and chain added.
I applied silver metal chain to each fingernail right above the Cameron tips.
Finally it was time to do some embellishing! This is my first time working with this type of chain and I had a little difficulty cutting it to length. So I’ll have to do some research before I try it again to determine the proper tool to use. I ran a bead of topcoat along the top of Cameron and played with the chain some to get it to sit smooth with no twisting. Pieces of the chain kept coming loose with just the bead of topcoat so I will use nail glue next time.
Completed design with rhinestones and chain added.
The final touch was adding small silver rhinestones over each dot in the MoYou London design.
Lastly I added silver rhinestones from a wheel of them in various sizes that I purchased from the Born Pretty Store. One of the sizes was just perfect to place over the dot in the MoYou design. I applied them with a little dab of topcoat and also had difficulty with them staying on because I couldn’t topcoat over the entire nail.
Final image of completed Ball and Chain nail art design.
A final look at the completed design.
I will be really interested to hear your thoughts on this design. I felt that the subtle and coordinated colors of the polishes softened the look of the chain. I bought that chain a few months back with no idea what I would use it for so it was fun to finally have an opportunity. Next time I plan to go to the dark side with it and combine it with my spikes!

Thanks for reading! I’ll see you at the next post.
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  • Anne, you can tell me I nailed it as often as you like! I consider it one of the highest compliments we can pay to each other and I am thrilled that you found this design worthy! Thank you very much!

  • Awww, thank you Kim! You are being factious about stamping over matte being fun, right??? It's adds to the challenge for me since a mistake can't be removed easily with tape, and forgot about a polish remover swipe. Happy to report I got these right on the 1st stamp! I always worry about overdoing it when I am embellishing so it thrills me to hear that you found each addition to be prettier. WooHoo!

  • Sometimes I feel like it's a little to punny to say "you nailed it" to other nail bloggers, but in this case, it's totally deserved. You nailed it.

  • Wowie – I like this design at every step of the way! The lilac matte polish and stamping is beautiful. (Isn't stamping over matte polishes fun!) But, each time you added something prettier & prettier. Very cool. Your last picture in this post is divine – I can really see all the textures! 🙂