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The Planets: Jupiter

It's time for science again! Well...science-lite, anyway. I've done all the inner planets, so I guess it is time to tackle the gas giants. The biggest and baddest is also the first one: Jupiter. I seriously struggled with this one, probably doing the marble about 5 times before I gave up and went with it. In the end, I think it turned out ok.

Jupiter is the 800lb gorilla in the solar system. It has a mass greater than all of the other planets combined (two and a half times more, to be precise). Because it is so big, its gravity affects everything around it...some folks think that is why we have an Asteroid Belt and not a 5th planet out there. It also behaves like a big brother for the inner, rocky planets...it's probably why we don't get smashed by giant asteroids on a daily basis.
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02873

Jupiter is a gas giant, which means that it is most gas and liquid swirling around a probable semi-rocky/solid core. It rotates so fast that it is actually slightly oblong instead of spherical. It is weird. Add to that the infamous Red Spot: a giant storm the size of the Earth that has been raging for at least 300 years.

Colors Used:
OPI Alpine Snow
Milani Dark Coffee
OPI I Knead Sourdough
Rimmel Gold Save the Queen
Fingerpaints Neo Gothic
Sally Hansen Gilty Pleasure
(nyc matte top coat)


I actually did this over nothing but a clear base coat. Like I mentioned earlier, this took me a few tries to get to a place where I was happy with the outcome. By try #3, I was completely over taping and opaque bases. My one regret is that I attempted to add the Red Spot. I feel like it kinda ruined everything. But I think I got the right idea overall.

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18 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this series! This one is phenomenal! You have done a great job. Capturing the essence of all the planets you have done so far! I don't think I could compliment this enough!

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    1. :D Yay! I had such trouble with this one, so I'm glad to read that! I had this idea in my head, and for the life of me, I couldn't get it to translate to my fingers.

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  2. This is pretty neat! Good job :)

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  3. Favorite planet, favorite manicure!!! It looks amazing.

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    1. I had you in mind the whole time I was doing it. I nearly sent you a picture the night I did it.

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  4. OMG Those are freakin' awesome!!! Most amazing nail art ever!!!!

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  5. if by red spot you mean the spot on your index finger; I thought you'd added the shadow of one of the moons - like in the photo. I think it looks great that way.

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    1. oooh, I should totally have done the moon shadows. That is a brilliant idea. Maybe I'll do my next series on Jupiters satellite system alone!

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  6. this is gorgeous!!!! did you do both hands and/or wear it for a while?

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    1. I only did one hand for this one. So much rage! I was too unhappy with it to attempt my right hand. I am happy to look at it now, but grrrrr at the time.

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    1. :D I tried to do it with the marbling, but it just wouldnt cooperate.

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  8. It turned out OK? It turned out awesome, I love it! That index finger is killing me!

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