The book that I'm basing this design on is called Ion Exchange Materials: Properties and Applications. My research focuses on developing novel water softening processes which requires me to read a lot of materials on ion exchange. So how does this translate into a manicure?
Well ion exchange resign (divinylbenzene polystyrene) looks like small orange/clear beads:
Which translates in nail art terms to this:
Ah well. Maybe I'll try this again someday when I find truly clear beads. Have you tried the divinylbenzene polystyrene manicure trend?