First I painted my nails with Models Own Gold Rush, which I love as a colour. My quest for the perfect gold nail varnish is a whole other post entirely - I'll save that one for a rainy Sunday. Gold Rush is a nice sparkly gold.
Then I started on my left ring finger, and tried out Erika's amazing rays idea with tape and Barry M Raspberry. It worked, but it was really fiddly and time consuming (I struggled to cut the tape narrow enough) so I did all the others with a chevron design. I only smudged one, so for a first try, I'm quite pleased with the results.
I've been wearing these for three days now - there is a little bit of tip wear, but that might just be shrinkage from the multiple layers of Seche Vite! Otherwise, they've held up well.
It struck me later that this looks very Gryffindor! The Barry M is officially a rich raspberry pink, but it looks very red to me, especially over the gold.