Today is Benjamin Franklin’s birthday!  Ok, yes, it’s a little weird that I know (and semi-celebrate) this.  But I once shocked a Harvard professor by being his only student to know this little tidbit (I didn’t actually go to Harvard, just took a couple of classes from Harvard professors), and that makes it kind of worth it in my book.  And, I don’t know if this helps or hurts me, but this isn’t the only historical birthday I observe.  I don’t throw a party or anything, I just have them on my calendar.  Because that’s totally normal, right?

Anyway… I was thinking about it earlier this week when I glanced at my calendar and thought it would be pretty cool to do some Ben Franklin nails.  I had almost talked myself into recreating his original sketch of bifocals, or painting a different one of his inventions on each nail, but then it hit me: lightning.


Almost every kid in America learns in elementary school that Franklin discovered electricity with his kite and key (not entirely accurate, but whatever).  And since I’ve never done lightning before, and I was feeling a little too lazy for bifocal nails (they’re still on my list, don’t worry!), these happened.  And I love them!


I started off with a base of China Glaze Queen B, and then sponged on China Glaze Grape Pop and Spontaneous (with a q-tip because I couldn’t find my sponges – don’t do it!).  And then painted on the lightning with a nail art brush I cut down to like five bristles and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

I’ll be wearing these and reading this tonight, because it is amazing.

Let me know, do you like my über nerdy posts?  Because I would love to do more!


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