Glass Blowing: art piece made of used cosmetics
While painting my nails, I’d always look at these bottles of nail polish, thinking: how playfully colors make their way through the thick glass! Once it hit me that all used bottles of nail polish could be glued together. That’s how the idea for the mosaic “Glass Blowing” was born. Idea for an art piece made of used cosmetics – 1969 colorful nail polish bottles.
Before starting the mosaic, I painted a picture sharing the same namesake „Glass Blowing“. I enlarged it and printed it on a sheet of paper – that way, it was able to serve as a prototype, helping to match colors and maintain the right proportions.
The making process reminded me of a mandala – connecting almost 2000 different stories into a single piece.
Task: to buy a gas mask
After collecting more than 5000 bottles of nail polish, I classified them into 21 shade. I cleared each bottle from the nail polish residue and combined them all together based on my painting. Cleaning 5000 bottles was a real challenge, after which painting your nails 5000 times starts to look like a piece of cake. 🙂 The old sticky liquid is often stubborn and doesn’t get out easily. Add hundreds of shades that must be matched, and don’t forget the sharp smell of acetone (for the first time ever, I had to get a gas mask for my project!). If you believe that creative process is nothing but pleasure, make sure you check out these pictures – chances are, you’ll quickly change your mind.
From waste – to decoration
Nail polish is one of the most commonly used products in decorative cosmetics. My other art pieces – such as “Lipstick Tower@Hong Kong”, “Giant Lipstick”, “Modern Lithuanian” – draw attention to the recycling issue: makeup goods are often non-recyclable. This is why “Glass Blowing” project seemed meaningful to me – these 1969 nail polish bottles didn’t end up as a waste: now they grace our home with their lively presence.