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Claim priority date of the Provisional Application No. 60886222.
1. Field of Invention
This invention relates to our acrylic nail design tools, specifically to the aesthetic enhancement of perfect curvature designs on top of acrylic nails.
2. Description of Prior Art
Acrylic nails are used to artificially enhance the appearance of natural fingernails. Modern technology allowed development of more natural-looking nail enhancements which bond to the real nail. The term “acrylic nail” covers a range of product types, including any method and process to alter the appearance of the natural nails. One of the acrylic nail methods and processes mentioned hereby is the process of forming a type of resin, known as acrylic powder. The acrylic nails is created by mixing monomer liquid and polymer powder together to form a thick paste, the acrylic powder that becomes moist, to sculpture and smooth over the nail bed. Once the paste or other term “acrylic powder” is hardened and completely dried, the finished look can be filed into desired shapes and/or polished with different colors acrylic powder to create different styles or designs of acrylic nails according to the client's request.
Nowadays, more customers are attracted to wear such beautiful natural-looking nails and styles (i.e. pink and white, glitter color, solar color, tri-color, French nails, etc); therefore, a growing number of nail technicians are challenged to perform such art work that is creative and detailed to satisfy the demand of their clients. The technician also delivers professional, skillful, and artistic service to maintain routine and establish new clientele. Therefore, the technician needs tools to assist them in creating quality and creative designs in an effective and efficient manner. The ultimate goal for the technician is creating a natural-looking and creative full set or refillable acrylic nails that last longer and are healthier.
The method and process for the technician to cut and design the created “moon curve,” the curved line that is tapered to side edges to create a natural fingernail look that is divided by the nail bed and nail tip portion. The technician uses one of the common tool such as the brush to dip in the monomer liquid to carefully draw and edge the moon curve border. This method and process often requires skillful, attention to detail, and a quick hand to perform such tasks with, due to the rapid drying and hardening properties of acrylic powder. Usually, an average of 60-second timeframe (time varies depending on the climate of the surrounding atmosphere) to create the moon curve border while the acrylic powder is still moist. According to the process, the technician could experience frustration to complete the procedure, which results in an uneven moon curve that may require complete repetition of the process. Moreover, this time-consuming method and process for the technician to create the perfect the moon curve border for symmetry and consistency can cause overexposure to the customers' nails bed, due to manual edging the curve with the wet brush that contained monomer liquid. Ultimately, the customer could have a full set of acrylic nails that may not last long and with increased chances of breaking and nail-fingertip separation because of overexposure processes while streamline the moon curve border. Besides, a significant disadvantage of using the brush to edge multiple arch lines or borders on the surface of the nail bed, to be filled or polished with different colors acrylic powder for different designs and styles.
The technician can use other tools in the market to create the moon curve such as US Publication Number 20030089378 to Chu (2003) that discloses a nail apparatus with a curved edge to assist in curve nail design. U.S. Pat. No. 5,778,903 to Tran (1997) discloses an acrylic nail cutter with also a curved edge. However, the disadvantage is that the tools are not provided with various alternate size options. The tool can be too big to fit on small fingers, such as ring and pinky sizes, or too small to fit on a large finger, which affects the arch of the moon curve borders that are not proper, uneven, inconsistency, and the side edges may not tapered to side edges. In this case, an additional touch-up step is usually required by using the wet brush contained monomer liquid to enhance the moon curve properly at the upper arch and the length of the arch line tapered to all edges. Typically, the technician would spend additional time to make the moon curve perfect and symmetrical in respect to each finger in a full set. Also, the customers are at risk to overexpose-to nail beds due to the touch-up step to enhance a perfect natural-looking of the moon curve.
Some technicians attempt to use artificial tips to match up the fingers size to cut the acrylic powder for the moon curve border; however, due to the characteristic of the product, it does not cut well when the acrylic powder hardens. Perhaps, the curve border is crushed as the acrylic powder hardens and the depth of the upper arch is low. In addition, the product is not made to be reused to different customers and/or to soak in acetone or sanitizing liquid to remove debris after each use for hygiene. For example, the substance monomer liquid and polymer powder reacts and changes to dry paste quickly. It would need tools with the strength and density to support a clear cut when the paste hardens. Also, after use, the debris could remain hardened and clogged on the tool; therefore, acetone would be needed to easily remove the debris without damaging the original quality and the natural characteristics of the tool for impressing the moon curve border, arch lines, or borders. In such process, the technician is confronted with issues such as spending additional time to touch up by edging, enhancing, and perfecting the moon curve border. Additionally, the technician needs to dispose the product after use on each customer due to the properties of the materials. Finally, the customer is at risk to overexposure to nail bed with the wet brush during the touch-up process, and extra materials will be used.
In view of the limitations now present in the process, the present invention provides a new and useful tool set to use in cosmetic area to cut acrylic powder, to create or design not just the moon curve, but also impress various arch lines, to establish borders to set different colors and styles of full-set or refill of acrylic nails. Wherein the invention tool set is operated and used after the method and process of applying acrylic powder, a mixture of monomer liquid and polymer powder that forms into a creamy paste texture to sculpture the nail bed for artificial nail enhancement.
The invention is configured with proper arches that best match to most finger sizes for natural-looking of moon curve border when cut off the acrylic powder. The alternate sizing of the invention is in a set, ranging from small, medium, and large in respect to the fingers (thumb, middle, index, ring, and pinky). The depth of the curve and the width of the arch are the best combination configured with consistency and symmetry to have the impression in designing various moon curves, arch lines, or borders. In addition, the invention is useful in the method of scraping off the acrylic powder at any edge or in between borders on the nail bed. The invention is useful in scooping off the acrylic powder that form lump, bump, or air bubbles while the technician sculpting the nail bed. The invention is further capability in the method of breaking the air bubbles that is trapped in the nail bed for healthier and quality nails. The invention is constructed with quality, strength, and density to work on the acrylic powder that is hardens approximately during 10 seconds before it completely dries. The invention is universally usable and versatile in operation than known apparatus of this kind.
The invention has several significant advantages that will benefit the technician in many ways, including the ability to perform the artwork in a creative, effortless, and less time-consuming process; thereby, minimizing the labor, touch-up, and repetition processes after the process and method of applying the acrylic powder on the nail bed. By having these flexibilities, it would remove the burden, frustration, and pressure for the technician to perform the creative artwork on the acrylic nails. Meanwhile, the use of the invention will reduce the risk of overexposure to the customer's nail bed with liquid due to the cuts of moon curve, arch line, or border on the acrylic nails that are natural-looking and perfectly tapered to side edges. More importantly, it helps to generate a durable seal at the streamline of the moon curve border for healthy nails. Therefore, the present invention will benefits to both technicians and the customers to reduce with suffer in difficulty designing various arch lines and issues such as overexposure, redo, touch-up, time, and materials due to the lack of the use of tool and process. In another aspect, the invention wills benefits to the technicians and customers to enhance the cosmetic look and perform a quality, long lasting, healthy acrylic fingernails and/or toenails.
The invention is comprised of several individual shovels of various sizes in a set. Each of the shovels is comprised of a shovel head and an elongated handle; wherein the shovel head is arched upward and convex curve which is attached to the opposite end of the elongated handle. The elongated handle is also a convex curve through the shovel head. The invention is made of aluminum flashing for quality use, and coated with plastic at the elongated handle for comfortable grip. Each of the shovels is configured with different width of the arch for different sizes. The depth of the curve for the shovels head are consistently the same depth. The shovel head bottom shape is arch upward, curve, and edge to cut, create, and design the moon curve, arch line, or border. The shovel head can be use in scraping and scooping off the acrylic powder any where on the acrylic nail bed. The corner side edges of the shovel head, which is pointy, is also useful in breaking air bubbles or remove tiny particles.
The foregoing has outlined, in general, the physical aspects of the invention and is to serve as an aide to better understanding the more complete detailed description which is to follow. In reference to such, there is to be a clear understanding that the present invention is not limited to the method or detail of construction, fabrication, material, or application of use described and illustrated herein. Any other variation of fabrication, use, or application should be considered apparent as an alternative embodiment of the present invention. More details of the invention and processes are described in the embodiments.
FIG. 1: Front view elevation of the invention in various sizes.
FIG. 2: Side view elevation of the invention in various sizes.
FIG. 3: Back view elevation of the invention in various sizes.
FIG. 4: Bottom view of the invention in various sizes.
FIG. 5: Perspective view of using the tool to cut the acrylic powder for moon curve.
FIG. 6: Perspective view of using the tool to cut the acrylic powder for others arch lines at different angles for unlimited styles.
FIG. 6a: Perspective front elevation of different examples of arch line borders for various unlimited styles on acrylic nails.
FIG. 7: Perspective view of using the tool to scrape off the excess acrylic powder.
FIG. 8: Perspective view of using the tool to scoop off the lumpy, bump, or air bubbles of acrylic powder.
FIG. 8a: Perspective view of using the tool to break tiny air bubbles or remove tiny particles.
FIG. 9: Perspective view of using the tool in an alternate way to border the design of moon curve, arch lines and borders with the airbrush method.
FIG. 10: Perspective view of complete full-set of natural-looking acrylic nails in various beautiful design.
2 elongated handle
4 side edges
6 plastic material
8 shovel head
10 width of arch
12 depth of curve
15 moon curve border
16 corner side edge
23 nail bed
25 nail tip extension
27 acrylic powder
27(a) air bubble
31 airbrush gun
33 color paint
35 finger holder
The invention 18 is comprised of several individual shovels of various sizes in a set, said each shovel sizes range from small, medium, and large that best match to fingers or toes nails ie, thumb, middle, index, ring, and pinky. Each of the shovels is comprised of a shovel head 8 and an elongated handle 2 that are constructed together in a single element; said the shovel head 8 is arched upward and convex curve which is attached to the opposite end of the elongated handle 2, said the elongated handle 2 is also a convex curve through the shovel head 8. The shovel head 8_bottom shape is arch upward, curve, and edge to impress the design of moon curve border 15, arch line, or border when cut off or border the acrylic nails. Additional use of the shovel head 8, said the depth of the curve 12 on shovel head 8, allowing to scope off the acrylic powder 27. Also, the corner side edge 16 of the shovel head 8 is useful in breaking air bubbles or removing tiny particles. The technician 29 employs the tool to cut the acrylic powder to create the perfect natural look of moon curve border 15, and/or to design various arch lines borders on the acrylic nails, wherein the acrylic nails is made from the mixture of monomer liquid and acrylic powder 27 that form harden and dried on the nail bed.
The invention 18 can be constructed with alternate materials such as metal, copper, ion, or plastic 6. However, according to the invention 18, the best mode is to have the invention in aluminum flashing for quality in cosmetic uses, because the characteristic of made in aluminum material can prevent rust, corrosion, and reusable after the proper sanitization. In addition, the invention 18 is easily maintain and/or remove the debris that is clogged on the invention 18 by soaking in acetone to soften the debris and remove it with a cloth. The elongated handle can be plain, granulated, or rubbery made. However, according to the invention 18, the best mode is coated with plastic material to 6 increase solid, strength, and density while the technician 29 hold it and gently presses on against the acrylic powder 27 that is moist. Furthermore, the elongated handle 2 coated with plastic material 6 provides an easy, firm, non-slip and comfortable grip operation, especially, for the technician 29 with sweat hands for non-slip safety. In another aspect, the combination of materials, said the plastic covers the aluminum giving the invention 18 quality, strength, and density to support the cut, scrape, scope, and design on acrylic nails after the application of acrylic powder is applied.
The invention 18 can be constructed in different shape such as making the shovel heads 8, said the primary upper arch and curve at the bottom, and the rest of the shovel head 8 can be modified as round, oval, or desirable shapes. However, according to the invention, the best mode is to have the shovel heads 8 in convex curve to the elongated handle 2 for easily constructed and durable as the shovel head 8_attached to one end of the elongated handle 2 in a single element. The elongated handle 2 can be shaped as round tall, flat long, or combination of narrow at the shovel head 8 and wider to the end of the handle or vice versa.
The invention 18 can be constructed in different size such as making the shovel heads 8 either small, large, or increase sizing to accommodate the fingers 21. However, according to the invention 18, the best mode is to have the shovel heads 8, said [the] width of the arch 10 is configured within a range of 30-70 millimeter and the depth of the curves are configured within a range of 53-58° degree angle. These ranging combinations will provide best match most fingers sizes that are included small, medium, and large fingers (thumb, middle, index, ring, and pinky). The elongated handle 2 can be made in any length or any width as long as it can be fit to hold the invention.
FIGS. 1-4 illustrate embodiment, the shovels invention 18 in various sizes, according to the present invention 18, each shovel sizes is best match to one of the fingers 21 to create the look of moon curve 15 border or arch lines. Each of the shovels is comprised of a shovel head 8 and an elongated handle 2; wherein the shovel head 8 is attached to one end of the elongated handles 2. The side edges of elongated handle 4 is a convex curve through the shovel head 8. Each of shovels is made out of aluminum flashing, and the elongated handle is coated with a plastic material 6. The shovel head 8 bottom shape, said the width of the arch 10 is different length in each shovel to design various arch lines. The shovel head 8 bottom shape, said the depth of the curve 12 is the same angle in each shovel that is configured to have the moon curve border 15 consistency and symmetry in respects to different fingers. The corner side edges 16 of the shovel head 8, said the edges are useful in breaking air bubbles or remove tiny particles.
FIG. 5 illustrates a perspective view of using the invention 18 to cut the acrylic powder for moon curve border 15. The illustration showed a customer's finger 21 with a nail bed 23 who prefers nails tip extension 25 for longer nail bed. After the technician 29 attached the nails extension, the technician 29 then applies the acrylic powder 27 to sculpture the acrylic nail bed. The technician 29 then select the appropriate size of the invention 18, to employ the invention 18, the technician 29 holds the elongated handle 2 of the invention 18 straight up, place on top, against the acrylic nail bed 23, and then gently press the shovel head 8 down to cut off the acrylic powder 27 and then scrape forward to remove the excess powder 27. The result yields a perfect moon curve 15 border to be filled with light pink or nature color powder for a natural look of the fingernails such as pink and white style.
FIG. 6 illustrates a perspective view of using the invention 18 to cut the acrylic powder for other arch lines. Different styles are created with different arch lines included different angles and positions on the sculptured nail bed 23. FIG. 6 illustrates the technician 29 employs the invention 18 to cut and impress a crescent shape on the acrylic nail to establish additional borders to be fill in different colors powder for various design. An example of a glitter-color design is such that where the first application of acrylic powder 27 was sculptured on the customer's finger 21 nail bed 23 is blue color powder. After sculpturing the nail bed 23, the technician 29 select the appropriate tool size of the invention 18 to make the first cut of the moon curve border 15, and then scrape off the excess acrylic powder 27. After the blue color powder on the nail bed is dried, the technician 29 applies another color powder, which is gray glitter color that is filling from the inner nail portion to the moon curve border 15. The technician 29 select the prefer size tool of the invention, to employ the tool, the technician 29 hold the elongated handle 2 to press the shovel head 8 down at an angle to design a crescent shape and then scrape off the excess acrylic powder 27. After the second color power, gray glitter color, is dried, the technician 29 fill in the third color powder which is light pink at the inner nail bed to the crescent border. The technician 29 has successfully design two define borders and filled in three different colors powder to create a beautiful design with glitter and Tri-color effect on the acrylic nails.
FIG. 6a illustrates a front elevation of different examples of arch line borders of various unlimited styles on acrylic nails.
FIG. 7 illustrates a perspective view of using the tool to scrape off the excess acrylic powder 27 after cut. The illustration showed the customer's finger 21 with the sculptured nail bed 23 and nail tip extension 25 that is attached. The technician 29 uses the invention 18 to employ the invention 18, the technician 29 holds the elongated handle 2 to scrape the shovel head 8 at the moon curve border 15 to remove the excess acrylic powder 27 after cut so that the border can be clearly define and to be ready to fill in different color powder. The tool can be position at any angle to scrape forward and/or backward that is depends on the borders and edges to conveniently remove the excess powder.
FIGS. 8 and 8a illustrate a perspective view of using the tool to scoop off lumpy, bump, or air bubbles 27a acrylic powder 27. The illustration showed the customer's finger 21 with the sculptured nail bed 23 and nail tip extension 25 had attached while the technician 29 is sculpting the nail bed. The acrylic powder 27 on the nail bed was not smooth; therefore, it has lump, bump, and air bubbles 27a on the affect area, while the technician 29 sculpturing the nail bed. The technician 29 using the invention 18 to employ the tool, the technician 29 hold the elongated handle 2 to contact the shovel head 8 where the depth of the curve 12 allowing to scoop off the lump, bump, and air bubbles 27a. The technician 29 can use the corner side edge 16 of the shovel head 8 of the invention to break tiny air bubbles 27a or remove tiny particle that appears on the nail bed 23 FIG. 8a. It is very important not to have any lump, bump, or air bubbles 27a in the nail bed to have a quality seal and promote healthier acrylic nails.
FIG. 9 is a perspective view of an alternate way to border the design with airbrush method, wherein the airbrush gun 31 is the tool to spray the color paint. FIG. 9 illustrates the customer's finger 21 placed on a finger holder 35, who prefers to wear air brush styles. The customer's nail bed 23 is sculptured with acrylic powder 27 on top of the nail tip extension 25. Once the acrylic powder 27 is completely dried, the technician 29 uses the invention 18, to employ the tool, the technician 29 holds the elongated handle 2 to border the shovel head 8 on the plain acrylic nail bed; while the technician 29 uses the other hand to hold the airbrush gun 31 to spray the color paint 33 along the shovel head 8 to achieve the curve borders 15 design. The technician 29 can use the side edge 4 of the invention to border the straight line, diagonal, or zigzag lines by spray along the side way of the edge.
FIG. 9a is a front elevation of different examples of arch line borders of various unlimited styles for airbrush design.
FIG. 10 is a perspective view showing a finished full set of an acrylic nails on the customer hands with various arch lines design included the moon curve border 15.
The invention tool set is useful in creating and designing the moon curve border 15, arch lines, or borders in conjunction with the airbrush method, wherein the technician 29 drops in the airbrush paint colors 33 into the air gun that is attached to the air compressor, to spray the colors to design the acrylic nails after the process of nail bed is sculptured and dried. The technician 29 employs the invention using different sizes to border different effect of designs, said the shovel heads 8 is for creating the effect of moon curve border 15, arch lines, and borders by holding the invention straight up and spray along the shape of shovel head. The technician 29 employs the invention using the side edge of the elongated handle to create and design straight lines by holding the tip of the handles in sideway and spray along the length of the handle to achieve straight, diagonal, and zigzag lines designs.
The method and process of operating the invention in conjunction with other standard steps to perform a full set of acrylic nails with creative arch design requested by the customer are following:
The technician cleans the nails of the customer by sanitizing the hands and soaking hands in water to soften the cuticles. The technician then pushes back or trims the cuticle, and then dissolves oil and grease on the nails surface.
For customers who have short nails, weak nail bed, or prefer nails extension, the technician attaches the artificial nail tip with adhesive to create a longer nail bed. The technician trims the length of the nail tip per the customer's request to balance and support the structure of the fingers and nail bed extension.
Acrylic powder available in assorted colors included glitter and solar powder colors. An example of pink and white nail styles, the technician choose white or off white color powder to sculpture the nail bed and then light pink color for the inner nail bed. For the glitter colors styles, the technician choose the preferred glitter color powder to sculpture the nail bed and then light pink or natural color for inner nail bed. Similar process for other colors, i.e., solar color powder, uses the preferred colors acrylic powder to sculpture the nail bed. After the technician assist the customer to select the appropriate colors powder, the technician dips the brush with the appropriate ratio of monomer liquid into a dish that contain the particular color acrylic powder to form a beast and paste on top of the nail bed.
The technician spreads and flattens the paste smoothly and then sculptures the nails with the brush according to the nail bed. The technician makes sure the paste is not too thick, lumpy coating, but instead, a smooth and natural-looking one.
While the technician sculpting the nail bed, the paste could form lump or contained air bubbles. The technician checks and corrects any lumps, bumps, or air bubbles while the paste is still moist. If there are any lumps, bumps, air bubbles, or tiny particle debris, the technician employs the tool to scoop off the affected area. The technician employs the tool to contact the shovel head to scoop off the acrylic powder. Another way to eliminate tiny air bubbles is to use the tool's corner side edge of the shovel head to break the air bubbles. The technician then fixes the corrected area with the brush to smooth or fill in the surface while the acrylic powder is still moist. By eliminating lumps, bumps, or air bubbles with the tool, the acrylic nail bed will be sealed with quality for durability.
The technician selects the appropriately sized tool of the invention that best match to the finger size and employs it by dipping the tool into monomer liquid in a container. The technician holds the tool straight up while lining side to side of the cuticles against the nail bed, then presses down to cut off the acrylic powder and scrapes forward to the inner portion of the nail bed to remove the acrylic powder. The technician wipes off the shovel head with a cloth to dry or remove any debris. The nail bed is now precise and symmetrical, with a natural-look of moon curved border.
The technician employs the tool of the invention to cut other arch lines and curves by selecting the desired sizes and dipping the tool into monomer liquid in a container. The technician holds the tool straight up, aiming at the desire position, then presses down to cut off the acrylic powder and scrapes backward and/or forward as depends on the direction, included between the borders. The technician can cut several borders to differentiate colors powder to design various styles. The technician wipes off the shovel head with a cloth to dry and/or remove any debris. The nail bed is now having a desired arch lines or borders that can be same direction, opposite directions, any angles, opposite angles, etc.
The technician selects the appropriately sized tool of the invention that best match to the finger size and employs it by dipping the tool into monomer liquid in a container. The technician holds the tool straight up while lining the side to side edges at the free edge against the nail bed, then presses down to cut off the acrylic powder that is still moist and then scrapes backward to the free edge of the nail bed to remove the acrylic powder. The technician wipes off the shovel head with a cloth to dry or remove any debris. The nail bed's free edge is now precise and symmetrical, with a natural-look of round shape border. This step will reduce the time required to file the free edge by filing the nail tip according to the round shape border.
Colors can be creatively filled in with a brush at any defined borders that are created by the invention. For example of the pink and white styles, wherein the original color acrylic powder on the sculptured nail bed is white or off white colors. The second color is usually a light pink color powder that is applied from the inner nail portion to the border of the moon curve for a natural looking full set of fingernails. Another example of glittered color as the original nail bed that was sculptured. The second color can be pink or natural color are used in the inner nail portions, and the outcome of different borders at the nail tip portion can be created by filling in with different preferred colors acrylic powder at any divided borders to create fabulous designs.
After all fingers are done with the previous steps 1-9 above, the acrylic nails are filed with a nail file to smooth and clean the surface and free edges.
A final clear top coat and/or clear gel is applied to enhance the shine and to protect the color of the acrylic nails. Finally, a complete and beautiful set of acrylic nails is presented on the customer's hands.
While the present invention has been described in terms of specific embodiments, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited to these disclosed embodiments. This invention may be embodied in many different forms and should not be construed as limited to the embodiments set forth herein; rather, these embodiments are provided by way of illustration only and so that this disclosure will be thorough, complete and will fully convey the full scope of the invention to those skilled in the art. Indeed, many modifications and other embodiments of the invention will come to mind of those skilled in the art to which this invention pertains, and which are intended to be and are covered by both this disclosure, the drawings and the claims.