Sculpting & Form Tailoring Scissors

Now, sculpting isn't something you HAVE to do. Its an optional skill that you can learn to further your education and knowledge in the industry. If tips work well for you that is great! .

Have you ever looked at a sculpted set and thought wow i wish i could do that?!

I know i did when i saw it. I thought, wow one day i want to be able to do a sculpted set of nails. But where do i start?!


I kept trying to teach myself, but the nails just never looked structurally OK. They always looked too high or too hooked.


What did i do? I went on a course. 

Was i magically then confident and good at it? NO! Did i give up? Nope. 

When i found it difficult or had a tricky set of nails i would still use nail tips. So I threw them all away. So all i had to do was sculpt! I removed that easy option that was holding me back.

If you are looking to learn how to sculpt, book a course with an educator who sculpts. Research their work and knowledge. 

Sculpting is a tough one. If you want to get it right, learn from someone who gets it right.

What i learnt the first time around (this was a long time ago) it didn't make sense and was so basic. It didn't cover structure and form tailoring. I was taught to place the form, cut the relief sides and place products. I was not taught what to look for and how to fit the form differently for different shapes, where the structure fits in, how to know when its not fitted correctly etc etc.

I found someone who did teach me all of those things. After researching educators.

Find someone who will explain it. So that you understand how and why it works. Trust me, you will understand it so much better. Its so much more than just placing a sticker at the end of a clients finger.



The Tools

When i was first taught I used manicure scissors. These were very long thin and very sharp manicure scissors.


Until i found Katie Barnes Tool Range

form tailoring kit - katie barnes 

The Form Tailoring Kit intrigued me. 


When i first got them i was like woah! These are springy! How am i going to get used to this when i have been using my other scissors for so long

But when using them for the first time during a full set... what a difference they made!


Its the smallest of changes in the hand movements, but it makes a huge huge difference. I used to get aches in between my thumb and index finger. From the movement of using my scissors. I used them a lot! But now the aches have gone!


I can now tailor a form with so much ease. Not just because the blades are slim and sharp, but because of the handle to. I can get in to angles i struggled with before. 




So here is what each one is for....


Straight Form Tailoring scissors - I use these to cut the relief lines either side of the nail. The relief lines allow for the form to fit the nail and not finger.


Curved Form Tailoring Scissors - These are used to cut the section of the form that fits around the free edge.


White Gel Pen - This is a great little extra in the kit, use this to draw on the form. I fit the form on to the nail in the angle that i want it to fit. Then i draw around the free edge on the form. Then remove the form and cut around this white line, refit and boom you have a form tailored to your clients natural nail shape! 


You can buy these all separate or together as a kit. They really have changed the way i sculpt. They have also helped with the way i can teach sculpting too! I've used them since they were released and will scream about them from the rooftops. 


Everything i write about will always be products/tools that i have used for a LONG time and truly believe in. 


As always, if you have any questions about anything i write.. Please just drop me a message i am more than happy to help with any advice or questions you have.


Thank you so much for reading this and supporting this new blog of mine. I am actually really enjoying it!


Until next time.


Erin x

1 comment

  • Another fantastic blog Erin! I love hearing about your honest stories and backgrounds behind each topic. Makes it so relatable.

    Katie Clark

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