Introducing: Transformer nails, which is a new technique from nail artist Tony Ly (yes, the man behind the aforementioned aquatic digit wonders) who is cultivating a whole new, mechanical approach to nail art. His pièce de résistance? A 3-D ladybug with studded "mobile" wings.
We get dizzy trying to wrap our heads around the engineering of the pulley situation, but believe that Ty placed a tiny axel at the base of the nail beneath the two wings to create the flapping motion.
And beyond the blinged-out bug, Ly has a slew of other mechanized tricks up his sleeve. Take for example the spinning wheel embedded into a crystal-encrusted digit. Orrrr how about the black stiletto nails that have small silver beads sliding up and down its metal wire detail?
While some of Tony's movement-inspired designs may not be as functional as a classic gel manicure, we have to admit: His knack for eccentric design is pretty much unparalleled.