1. What is the difference between the regular and poseable hand options?
Regular - 100% silicone, fully flexible, and soft.
Poseable - Mostly silicone. Has armature inside which allows to pose fingers in the desired position.
2. How do I use my Red Iguana Silicone Practice Hand?
To start using your silicone practice hand, insert the base nail tip in the cuticle pocket as deeply as you can and your hand is now ready to use. You can practice nail art and extensions this way. Just remove the nail from the cuticle pocket and insert a new one.
We use long square tips for a more natural effect. Our Base Nail Tips for Silicone Practice Hands are sold separately and are not included with the silicone hand.
ATTENTION: DO NOT BEND FINGERS IN UNNATURAL POSITIONS. THE METAL WIRING INSIDE MAY BREAK.
Treat fingers as you would treat a real client's hand.
3. How can I make the base nail more stable?
If you would like to make the base nail more stable, use our Red Iguana Primer for Silicone Hand and Gorilla Glue Gel. Apply a thin layer of Red Iguana Primer for Silicone Hand onto the silicone nail bed and let it dry for 10 seconds. Insert the base nail tip into the cuticle pocket as deeply as you can. Apply a small amount of glue between the nail tip and silicone finger and gently press the nail to the nail bed. Hold for 30-60 seconds. Make sure to remove any glue excess from the cuticle area.
Let it dry for 5-15 minutes. After that, you can start using your hand again.
Repeat steps when applying a new set of nails.
4. How can I practice nail art, acrylic/hard gel extensions without filing or soaking off the nail?
We recommend using our double-sided glue tabs.
5. I am unable to attach a nail form to the silicone practice hand.
Please use the video linked below for help.
6. Can I soak-off acrylic with acetone on the silicone practice hand?
Yes, silicone does not dissolve in acetone.
If you decide to soak-off the acrylic, with enough time the nail should dissolve deep under the cuticle area. Please be gentle, you may accidentally damage the cuticle or rip off any material with part of the silicone nail bed (do not use pusher).
DO NOT RIP OFF NAILS! Ripping off the nails may permanently damage the hand.
We recommend filing off the acrylic until reaching the base nail using an e-file. DO NOT touch the silicone with the nail bit. Try not to file off the base nail (just like with a real person's nail).
The hand is ready to be used again!
7. I damaged my silicone practice hand, what do I do?
If you accidentally damage the silicone hand, ripped the cuticle, or sides, you can fix it with Sil-Poxy by Smooth-On. Just apply a small amount of Sil-Poxy on the damaged area and let it dry completely.
ATTENTION: There is no way to fix a broken finger on a poseable hand, please do not bend fingers too much.
8. I would like to make my silicone hand look more realistic in my photos and videos. How can I do this?
You can apply a small amount of matte eyeshadow or contour onto the cuticle areas and joints for a more realistic effect.
9. When will I receive my Red Iguana Silicone Practice Hand?
All silicone practice hands are pre-made and ready for shipping.
All orders are processed and shipped on the same or the next business day. Orders are not processed on weekends or holidays.
Order processing times may be delayed by a few days during holidays, launches, sales, or other times when we’re experiencing a high volume of orders. Paying for fast shipping (Priority Mail, DHL, UPS, etc.) will not get your order processed and shipped out faster.
Please note that each hand is hand-made so there could be a slight difference from our pictures: slightly different skin color, small bubbles, bumps, or lines.