My black and white polymer clay interpretation of antique fingernail protectors.
I sculpted a textured hand of polymer clay to display the above polymer clay fingernail protectors I made for a competition.
Above: In dynastic China, the upper class people grew long fingernails in order to distinguish themselves from the laborers. Manual labor was virtually impossible with excessively long fingernails, so long nails separated the working class from the aristocracy. This type of fingernail protector or guard ensured their nails would not get damaged.