March 26, 2012

The Look for Less: Ciate's Caviar Manicure

Hi guys! Today I have something a little different for you! If you've ever been on Pinterest looking at manicure photos I'm guessing you've seen Ciate's "Caviar" manicure before. Basically it's microbeads stuck to your nail. Ciate will be selling duos with a base polish and a bottle of the microbeads to create the look. The duo they will be selling is pretty pricey, when it makes it to Sephora I heard it will be around $25. Yesterday I tweeted about how ridiculous that price tag was and a couple people asked for a tutorial on how to get the same look so here is it!

If you've been reading my blog for a while you might have seen me do something similar to this before, back in December I did a post with an accent nail done up with microbeads. If you missed that post you can see it here! Pretty much all you need is the polish of your choice and microbeads which can be purchased at craft stores like Michael's and a bottle of polish which I'm guessing you already have haha!

Here is my finished "caviar" look, the Ciate version does look to have some blue and purple beads in it also but that can be easily achieved by mixing microbeads. You can buy the beads in packs of 6 colors for pretty cheap...I have all that info at the bottom of the post!

If you want to see how to do this mani I've put a little tutorial after the jump!


Macro!



Alright, this is very short because this is like I said...very very easy to do!

What you will need:


* Polish of your choice, I used Sally Hansen Extreme Wear in Black Out
* Microbeads, I'm using black beads but these come in a rainbow of colors!
* Paper plate, this is messy!

Step 1: Paint your nails with 1 coat of polish, let dry.


Step 2: One nail at a time paint on a 2nd coat of polish. While the 2nd coat of polish is still wet put your finger over the paper plate and shake the micro beads onto your nail. It is best if you do one nail at a time, if the polish dries the beads won't stick! If you get a big enough container of beads you could also just stick your nail into the beads.

Step 3: Once you shake the beads onto the nail very gently tap them in, I find that this helps them stick longer and it also gets rid of the beads that are just sitting on top of other beads. I also clean up around the cuticle with an orange stick to get rid of any rogue beads.


THAT'S IT!! I said it was easy!  This mani won't last forever and is a bit impractical but it's fun for a night out or a special occasion where you just want to do something fun and different on your nails. You can put a top coat on if you'd like...depending on the beads it might however dull the effect.

For removal I saturate a cotton pad with my regular polish remover and hold it on the nail for about 20 seconds, everything comes off very easily! Removal can also be messy so you might want to do it over a paper plate or over a paper towel.

Just for fun this is what my plate looked like after doing this tutorial...clean up is very easy and you can just pour all those beads back into the container to use next time!


Now lets talk money...like I mentioned at the beginning of the post the Ciate Caviar set will retail for in the neighborhood of $25 at Sephora. I went to Michael's and bought two 6 packs of microbeads, each set of 6 colors was $6.99. Even after buying both of these I'm still saving around $11. Not only am I saving money but I've also got like a bazillion more color options. You don't have to just do black beads on a black base...you could do black and pink beads on a black base or purple beads on a pink base, even a rainbow of beads on a white base...the options are endless!

The first photo below is an accurate photo of the colors in the two sets I bought and the 2nd is the packaging in case you're wondering it looks like! At the Michael's near me these are located in the scrapbooking section...near all the stamping stuff!




At Michel's you can also purchase microbeads in the containers below, it's much bigger than the bottles in the 6 packs above. These big versions are $3.99! I do prefer these because you can take the cap off and just stick your nail into the container...it's much less messy.


108 comments:

  1. I LOVE THIS!!!  It looks preoper Caviar ish :) wheres the champagne!

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  3. Interesting design, looks beautiful! :)

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  4. This is very cool. Definitely would rather do it this way than spend $25 on a one (two?) time mani!

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  5. I love this! I actually picked up some microbeads from Michaels this past weekend to try it! Looks great on you :)

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  6. My goodness I love you! I want to try this look but all I have are nail art beads in the tiniest container. I'm not investing $25 on this so this is an incredible alternative! I wouldn't have ever thought to look in scrapbooking!

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  7. interesting!! it does look fun for an evening or so!  :D

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  8. Great tutorial on how to do this! So much cheaper, and a lot more fun!

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  9. Freakin love this and can't wait to try your cost efficient version!

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  10. miminhosqueeugostoMarch 26, 2012 at 6:20 AM

    Awesome nails!

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  11. I had the exact same thought!!!

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  12. That's what their $25 business was about? L-O-L.

    That's a pretty sweet look, though. I kind of want a tan and orange base, and maybe less microbeads, and then it would look like lox and caviar on a cracker. Yum. Hors d'oeuvres on your fingers!

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  13. Elizabeth SullivanMarch 26, 2012 at 6:54 AM

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  14. Yah, i saw ur tweet yesterday - that is a pricey combo!! I have also seen this on pinterest and I think it's on one of my boards (under like not to-do). 

    Also be careful with ur top coat too. If you put on too thick then the color of the beads will "bleed". I don't know if it's specific to that brand or just in general, but I've ruined more than a few beaded nail arts with a too thick topcoat

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  15. Huh, guess who's headed to Michael's tonight!

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  16. Iiiintresting.  I might try it in clear like your first example... Would be fun to try, if not for $25!!

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  17. Cristina ImpoverishedMarch 26, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    Great mani, thanks for the tutorial and for including the pricing information. As far as the Peridot dupe, you can actually see it swatched at this link http://alizarineclaws.blogspot.com/2012/03/some-opi-amazing-spider-man-bottles-and.html (not affiliated).

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  18. OMG this so strange!! Lovely, though!

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  19. I really love this tutorial!  I'm going to try it soon and I'll link back to you when I do!!  Can you please do more posts like this one?  Somehow I totally missed this on Pinterest!

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  20. Ooh lovely! I really want to try this like tomorrow! Loving the post title btw, I used to love that show. 

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  21. Gaaaah! I'm so excited you posted this! I did the EXACT same thing with the EXACT same ingredients (but in gold) for New Year's. Strangish trend I actually like.

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  22. Very cool...love the look for less. I just I
    Did a manicure with rainbow sprinkles but they give a similar look but are a bit bigger

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  23. i wanna see anothers colors too. ueuww

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  24. I've been saying the same thing to other people! I've been doing this sort of nail for a while now only with transparent microbeads and a good layer of topcoat that's a bit goopy!

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  25. I loved it Ash! Amazing! :D

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  26. Super cool! I'd love to try it, especially with the pearlescent clear microbeads on white nails! How cool! :D

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  27. Thanks! I'll definitely try to do more posts like this for the future, I'm glad you like it!!

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  28. Thank you so much for this post Jen! I love the look but was not too thrilled on spending $25 on the kit. Looks like I'll have to add these to my list for my next trip to the craft store!

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  29. Microbeads are freaking awesome :) Micheal's also has some nice chunky hex glitters; I think they keep them right next to the microbeads. Kind of expensive, but you get a lot of colors. 

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  30. It's not a look for everyone. I would appreciate it if you would be more respectful in my comments if you choose to comment on my blog again. It's easy to say you don't like something without being so rude.

    Thank you

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  31. you´re the best! Thanks for taking the time to do this for us.

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  32. My god - you made it look so easy!! I'lll have to give this one a go ;)

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  34. Don't forget Michaels & AcMoore always have like 40% off or more coupons that you can print out & use for 1 non sale item. That $6.99 a pack could have been $3.50! :)

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  35. Charlottehansen08March 26, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    It looks amazing :D Are they glass beads?

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  36. I don't think they are glass (they don't feel like it) but I'll have to read the back of the container when I get home from work to be sure. I'll let you know!

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  37. I have to get some of these beads.  I think I like the one from December just as an accent nail better than on all nails but it's a cool effect.  I saw people posting about the Ciate's kit a couple weeks ago and I directed them to your original post from December to show them they could just do it themselves.

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  38. What fun! But I have to ask: what happens when you have to go to the ladies' room? Or wash your hands? Or, or, or...

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  39. I picked up a mini set of six different coloured microbeads at a dollar store and then dumped them in small bead bags so I could dip my nails in them. But I may need to buy black ones now!

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  40. Thanks for the tutorial. I always recall the little decorator candies called non-perals (sp?) when I see the caviar beads. I don't know if I have events and lifestyle to ever wear this style. I have seen it done in skittle pastels that was super pretty. I have some friends who would adore this so I am sending them the links. They don't take time to read blogs.

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  41. OH my gosh, this is so cool! Love it!!! Such a conversation piece, eh? :)

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  42. Cool look and great tutorial! Don't try to pull up pantyhose while wearing these! hahaha

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  43. I have never seen this before! So you blew my mind...thanks :)

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  44. Great tutorial! 

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  45. Very cool find with all those micro beads!  Would be a good way to get bullion beads when mine run out, thanks!  ;D

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  46. It took everything I had not to head straight to Michael's after reading this! This manicure is definitely on my "to try" list!

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  47. Very cute! Like everyone else, totally going to be splurging (for cheap thanks to you!) on some new nail supplies! Yay! Awesome tutorial, you rock!

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  48. Oohh Thanks for the tip. Defo need to find where I can purchase the microbeads in London. But I think I will purchase the Ciate's Carviar Polish too to also create the look.
    Thanks for informing as usual!!

    Hot Happenings! I

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  49. I still think this manicure looks odd but I love that you did a comparison to Ciate. When I first saw their "new" caviar manicure all I could think about was how many times I'd seen it before and how expensive it seemed. I'm curious. Does it damage your nail when you remove the beads or if they chip off on their own?

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  50. i love this, i tried this ages ago too! i hade a load of microbeads from another project, and used them to decorate my nails. not very practical, but fun!! 

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  51. Christina GrievesMarch 27, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    This is so awesome and fun! I love this idea. Thank you for sharing such an easy method for creating this look :) 

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  52. I found that you can minimize color bleeding by not applying a topcoat.  There is a tutorial from Ciate on Youtube that really helps with figuring out the tips and tricks.  I love that this article showed me how to get everything else on the cheap.  I bought all colors of the beads for 11 bucks after 2 40% michael's coupon!  I will be doing this tonight using my OPI polish and my UV lamp to help things dry faster. Can't wait!!! :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CTKNqUP-ms

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  53. I love this and hey can you please buy these cute beads and that flocking powder and ship it to India for me.. please :(

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  54. thanks for the link, I'll check that out!

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  55. What a great idea! love it!

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  56. This is classy!

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  57. cool. Thank you for stepping outside of traditional nail polish, i love it!

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  58. Oh my word, I need these micro beads in my life, so i'm on the hunt for a rainbow mixture.....

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  59. I am so trying this! I love Michaels!

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  60. OMG I LOVE IT.. can I say more?!

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  62. I loved this look when I 1st saw it on pinterest so of course I ran right to Michaels after I saw you post this. My Michaels had no clue what I was talking about when I asked for micro beads. They took me to the beads in the jewelry section & the beads were a lot bigger than the ones you posted. What section would I  find these beads in? I think I might try Joann's tomorrow.

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  63. They are with the scrapbooking stuff! At the store near me it's in the aisle with all the stamping stuff!

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  64.  I like it. If my local Michaels has the beads, I might try it. :)

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  65. I seen this about a wk ago and feel in love w/ an aqua blue and sea foam green combination. I agree it's much more cost effective doing it the Michael's way.

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  66. Thank you! Going to try again today!

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  67. I tried it, I love it, super easy and ever so gorgeous!!!

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  68. I have these beads...the exact two packages pictured from Michael's. Beware that if you put top coat on them the color falls off!  You can stick them on top of polish/clear coat and they'll do fine if you leave them alone; but once top coat is put over them, their color bleeds down and you end up with a clear bead sitting in a pool of color.
    I learned the hard way when I used them on cupcake or flower manis.  Just put them over the wet topcoat.

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  69. Just did this over the weekend and got amazing results! Can't wait to experiment with different colors, and maybe just doing them on the tips next time. THANK YOU for this post!

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  70. I like!  Thanks for the tutorial!

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  71. how long does this mani last? or till the beads start coming off?

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  72. I get about a day out of it!

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  73. Love this! Thanks for posting a cheaper version. I almost impulse purchased this on sephora.com for $25. Thank god I remembered you posted this. Going to Michaels tonight!

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  74. Wow, I was about to spend the money on the Caviar Set. This is great, thanks for posting, can't wait to try it!!!

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  75. how long did it last?

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  76. I get a day or so out of it!

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  77. Nice classic black, I like it!

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  78. I'm totally doing this for my prom in May. My friends will love it!

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  79. Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU for posting this! I just received an email from Ciate letting me know that the Caviar manicure I fell in love with a couple of months ago is FINALLY back in stock. Had I not googled images of the look to decide which color I want and stumbled upon your blog I would have spent WAY too much!

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  80. oh wow that looks cool! I bought some nail art supplies at the dollar store with these Microbeads. It came in tiny little containers of 8 different colors. Hopefully I will have enough for all 10 nails! I will try to mimic that candy look by mixing all the colors over a pink base. Thanks for sharing.

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  81. Soooo cute!!!! I love color and I want something "exciting" for my nails, but I refuse to do flamboyant designs, because it just screams tacky to me. Sorry if I offend anyone, its just not for me. But this is awesome!!!!! Thanks for posting. I am definitely gonna try this out!!!!!

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  82. I can't WAIT to try this!! I'll be stopping off at Micheal's tomorrow~~ So happy I found this website. You have great style, pics & love your tutorials. Makes it seem possible for anyone to do it w/a lil patience :)

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  83. I dont know where can I get the Microbeads :( 

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  84. craft stores, ebay etc...

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  85. I saw the caviar nails at sephora on the weekend. It was 50 dollars!! Cool, but no waaaaaay I'm paying that! Thanks for the creative idea.

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  86. Monique_anchondoJune 18, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Got inspired by your tutorial went to mchls but they were out of the ebony . I bought the ocean blue and they came out pretty cool. And to think I was gng to purchase this at sephora. Thanks for the look for less, it is great to be able to save whenever u can.

    Thks again
    Monica


    P.s. now everyone wnts me to do their nails too
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  87. Demetria's Nail BizJune 18, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Thanks, I've done Caviar Nails using bouillon beads. I have got to try this!! :)

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  88. I've done this look and instead of a paper plate to catch the beads, I used a cupcake holder. It catches any of the fly away beads and after you're done sprinkling the beads on your nail, you can easily pour the beads back into its container.

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  89. How long does this last?

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  90. I found the same beads in teeny tiny bottles at Dollarama 6 for $1, and they work just fine :) It comes in 2 different sets as well, 6 colours in each. It's more than enough if you wanna do the manicure a few times :)

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  91. Has anyone tried it on toes?

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  92. These nails would be great for a Katy Perry concert, all I would change for that is using multicolored beads to look like sprinkles! Your nail designs are always amazing!

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  93. tried the ciate version on my toes, waking up to some little beads in bed is fun. You can get the micro beads at Michaels, don't forget to use a coupon!

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  94. Has anyone tried creating the velvet version from Ciate?

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  95. are the beads on michaels.com I can't find them!?!

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  96. I'm not sure if you can buy them on their website, I bought mine in store. The brand is Recollections I think if you want to try searching that way

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  97. i used the Ciaté Caviar Manicure (polish and beads), i did not like them at all.
    the nail polish streaks to much and the beads loose the color very easily.

    Does anyone know which beads dont loose their color so easily?

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  98. Are you putting top coat over the beads? They shouldn't streak

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  99. I'm a mom of two kids in diapers, so it's sad for me that I probably can only get away with an accent nail or two, but I don't care! I'm awesome! Haha! I'm so glad I found your blog, I was wondering where to find these in the craft store and you totally answered my question! Right now I've got those clear ones on over an icy baby blue and it's really pretty. With the top coat on it is just as pretty, in my opinion. You should post some pics with top coat for us to see!

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  100. I think you could do it with flocking stuff from the craft store! I think that's what it's called. They do it on toys and stuff.

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