Blinging out my Blackberry

Alas, the plastic casing was not meant to last. It made the phone bulky and difficult to use, not to mention difficult to slide open. So I turned to another alternative. I decided to paint my phones. Now my brother had once painted his Blackberry Curve by first unscrewing the body and then using acrylic sprat paint on each piece individually, and then putting it all back together after they dried. Obviously, I lacked the technical expertise to take that route and so chose an easier, and albeit very girly alternative: nail polish.

Since the steel was already exposed, the nailpolish wouldn’t be damaging anything, and could be easily removed with nail polish remover at any point. So I pulled out a couple of colors, a q-tip, and set to work. It’s not at all difficult to do. In fact, the only real worry is that you have to make sure you don’t get any polish on the LCD. It has worked marvelously for me, and since that first time, my phone has been hot pink (with gold glitter), a cool light blue, a mishmash of purple, pink and red, and now, for the first time ever, it looks like this:

This all started with my phone being painted a base color of very light blue, as you can see in the picture. Then one day, at home on the weekend, I found an old highlighter-pink nail polish I had bought years ago. It has thickened and would have been a nightmare to apply on my nails. Just for fun, and since I had been meaning to change the blue color anyway (dropping my phone repeatedly had resulted in the color chipping off the sides), I started dabbing the pink randomly onto the blue. When I found out that it didn’t look all that bad, I kept going.

The next day, to fill in the empty spaces in the polish, and also because I wanted to try a new gold glitter polish I had come across, I filled in the spaces with a dense glitter polish. A friend of mine had recently bought these very cool nail-art polishes, specifically designed to easily create complicated nail art designs. They’re just like normal nailpolishes, except instead of a brush going into the bottle, there is a needle sticking out of it. The nailpolish flows through the needle and comes out in a very thin stream, making it easy to carve out designs, etc. That’s how I created the white polka dots and triangular designs on the top.

Needless to say, I am very happy with how it turned out. A coat of clear polish completed the look, and now, it’s like I just bought a brand new phone!

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