Friday, 25 May 2012

Lord Of The Rings Nail Art - One manicure to rule them all.

The Lord of the Rings is in my top 5 favourite book series ever. I read the series & the also The Hobbit when I was about 12 years old and I fell in love with the epic fantasy land of Middle Earth. I have seen the movies literally hundreds of times. I even learned how to speak a little Elvish with a friend in Jr High. No judgement please :D Hahaha!

This is a manicure I have sported several times but I definitely thought it deserved a permanent home on the blog. I first saw it on Billy The Brimes' Tumblr Page originally and I've seen it done incredibly well on The Nailasaurus (one of my very favourite blogs)!

The manicure is the the inscription on the Ring of Power, in the Black Speech of Mordor (where the ring was forged in Mt. Doom) but translated into Tengwar (A script created by Elves originally). Translated into English it means:

One ring to rule them all,
One ring to find them.
One ring to bring them all,
and in the darkness bind them.

Ahh Now I have goosebumps, and I have made myself sound incredibly nerdy. Whatever, I'm okay with that. While the design I saw on the blogs previously mentioned looked absolutely nerd-tastic, I was thinking to myself.. the inscription on the ring only appears when the ring is cast into flame and therefore... I needed to add some flame. It's not perfect but I love it.

Ooouu isn't it pretty?! Anyway this is how I did it.. I started with two coats of a-England Holy Grail, a gorgeous warm toned insanely shimmery gold. I wish I had a macro of this because it is just stunning.. and the perfect shade for the ring of power.

Next with a toothpick I freehanded some outlines of flames with e-England Percival mixed with a little bit of Joe Fresh Cherry. I filled in the holes of the flames with China Glaze Riveting.

Then I freehanded the inscription with black nail polish (can't remember the brand right now) using another toothpick. My lines are a little squiggly because I was a little shaky... I drink far too much caffeine.

Then I waited until I was sure the polish wouldn't drag, and I added some Seche Vite to make it smooth.

This one is in the sun.

 I hope you like it as much as I do :) The puns are endless with this one..
"One manicure to rule them all.."
"10 fingernails forged in the flame of Mount Doom" etc etc Hehehehe
I'm going to wear this for my next big LOTR movie marathon :)


  1. I love this, it appeals majorly to my inner nerd!

    1. Thank you! I'm glad someone else likes it too! :D

  2. That's so cool! Any other ideas like this for movies? How about Star Wars? You should check out my blogs. I love LOTR, too. =)

  3. Thanks!! Yes I have done some star wars manicures but none have made it up to blog-standards yet hehe! I LOVE star wars!!!! Love finding other LOTR & Star Wars fans :) Checking our your blogs now :D