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Publication numberUS2262977 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 18, 1941
Filing dateAug 12, 1940
Priority dateAug 12, 1940
Publication numberUS 2262977 A, US 2262977A, US-A-2262977, US2262977 A, US2262977A
InventorsNick Vasil
Original AssigneeNick Vasil
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Fingernail stencil
US 2262977 A
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Nov. 1s, 1941. N, VASIL 2,262,977

FINGERNAIL STENCIL Filed Aug. 12, 1940 #1mm-IK ATTORNEYS Patented Nov. 1s, 1941 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE FINGERNAIL STENCIL Nick Vasl, Pittsburgh, Pa.. Application August 12, 1940, SerialNo. 352,242

4 Claims.

This invention relates to toilet articles, and more in particular to finger-nail stencils.

The primary object of this invention is to provide an adjustable finger-nail stencil whereby paint or colored lacquer may be applied to fingernails without touching the nail-folds or the fleshy parts of the fingers.

Another object of this invention is to provide a finger-tip clamping device having two or more finger-nail stencils.

yStill another object of this invention is the provision of a clamping device having removable, resilient, finger-nail stencils of various sizes and constructed to t snugly over the portion of the nails to which it is intended to apply coloring.

Additional features and advantages of this invention will appear in the following description considered in connection with the accompanying drawing forming part of this application.

In the drawing:

Fig. 1 is a front elevation of a simple form of my invention.

Fig. 2 is a side elevation of Fig. 1, and

Fig. 3 is a top view thereof.

Fig'. 4 is a front elevation of a finger-nail clamp having removable linger-nail stencils,

Fig. 5 shows a side elevation, and

Fig. 6 a top view of Fig. 4.

Fig. '7 is a pcrspective view of a removable stencil used with the device shown in Fig. 4.

Fig. 8 is a top plan view of a more elaborate embodiment of this invention, and

Fig. 9 is a side elevation, partly in section, of this modification.

Reference being had to the drawing, the simpler form of my invention comprises two suitably shaped, identical, clamp-halves I, made preferably of thin sheet metal and connected hingedly together vby a split tubular spring 2 having spaced arcuate slots 3 suitably shaped to each receive the concavo-convex handle 4 of a clamp-half.

The spoon shaped body portion 5 is substantially straight longitudinally, but is arcuate transversely, and at the center is provided with a flexible depending stencil-shield 6 which is conwhitish moon of the finger-nail, which moon is preferably left in its natural color.

The handles are preferably provided with outy wardly pressed beads II which serve to hold the former in proper position within the clamping spring 2. 4

In the modified construction shown in Figs. 4 to 6, the substantially identical clamp-halves I2 are hingedly connected together by a pin-connection I3 and acted upon by a wire spring I4, the tendency of which is to force the forward ends of the clamp-halvesagainst each other.

nected to the main body at its forward end by is cut out the stencil opening 9, the size and shape of which correspond to that of the finger-nails for which it is intended. As shown, the forward end I0 of the stencil opening is preferably curved The latter are bifurcated at the front to form two equal tnes I5, the ends of which are preferably reduced in width to produce the stopshoulders I6 and the prongs I'I which serve to hold and definitely locate the removable stencilshields I8.

Each stencil-shield I8 is made of very thin an exible material, such as stainless steel and, as shown in Fig. '7, has a stencil-opening I9 for the finger-nails and a narrow, resilient, shankportion 20, preferablyslotted centrally as at 2|, to increase its flexibility. At the top of thisshank is the cross-member 22 the sides of which are suitably bent to form the sleeves 23, adapted to snugly receive the prongs I1 on the clamp-halves.

This flexible shield is given an initial transverse curvature somewhat more pronounced than mally inclined longitudinally and inwardly of the clamp, so that it will resiliently mold itself about an inserted finger-nail, thus favoring a sharply defined painting job.

The main advantage of this modification is that the same clamp may be used to paint all sizes of finger-nails, by simply aflixing suitable stencilshields onto the clamp. Thus, a purchaser will have to buy only one clampand as, many stencilshields as needed to satisfy personal requirements.

A The more complete device shown in Figs. 8 and 9`has been designed mainly for professional use and holds'sufllcient stencils to satisfy practically all normal sizes andl types of linger-nails. Because of its universal adaptability, the device may be standardized for mass production and thus` to agree more or less with the curvature of the vided at its center with a spherical hub 21. Distributed about its circumference, the wen has suitably shaped and sized apertures 28 disposedin two groups, o ne above and one below the partition 2B.

Rockably supported lon both sides of the' spherical hub are the supporting spiders 29 having spaced radial arms 30, a peripheral rim 3l and a central disc 32 between which are cut out openings 33 of various sizes to accommodate correspondingly dimensioned stencil-shields. 34 in which are stamped out the stencil-openings 35.

These stencil-shields are also arched transversely and suitably inclined inwardly. They are made of any suitable thin and exible material and have slotted shanks 36, secured to the arched portions 31 of thev rim 3l by rivets 38,

for instance.

The spiders' 29 are rockably secured on theY spherical `hub 21 by means of dished springwashers 39 held by screws 40 driven into a metal core 4| molded in the hub. l

As will be noted from Fig. 8, because of the varying length of the stencil-shields, the hub 21 is, preferably disposed eccentrically in the housing 2l, for the purpose of reducing the outside diameter and weight of the device.. Due to this eccentric mounting, the' spiders will not rotate horiitontallyl and the stencil-shields will remain in alignment with their corresponding apertures The specially stenciled shield 3lx may be used, if desired, to apply on top of painted finger-nails dlierent colored ornamental designs, such as the heart or the four leaf clover shown.

When using either one of the devices shown, a person inserts a nger F under -the proper device may` be made smaller in diameter, by placing only -three stencil-shields on each side of the partition 26, or else, a whole set of stencilshields at one side of this partition may be omitted and the height of the device practically halved, in a manner that will be readily conceived by mechanically minded persons.

It will be understood, of course, that the various arrangements I have herein shown and described are merely suggestive of many that might be adopted in carrying out my invention, and I do not wish to be limited to the constructions shown otherwise than as specified in the appended claims.

I claim:

1. A nger nail stencil including a clamping element having a stencil-shield receiving aperture a stencil-shield positioned coaxially in said aperture. and a narrow strip to connect one side of the shield to said clamping element.

2. A nger nail stencil including a clamping element having a central aperture; a stencilshield positioned coaxially within vsaid aperture' in spaced parallel relation therewith, and= a narrow strip of resilient material to., connect one f side of the shield to said clamping element.

stencil-shield and proceeds with the painting.

Because of its universal resiliency, the shield will t closely over the Enger-nail. and effectively cover the nail-folds and surrounding skin.

When a device of the type illustrated in Figs. 8 and 9 is made for individual use. the stencilshields are selected and` assembled to suit the buyers' finger-nails, and the number of stencils in spaced relation therewith, and a resilient may be reduced to ve or six. In this' case, the 45 narrow strip of material positioned centrally onone side of said shield to connect same to the clamping element, the free end of said stencilshield being deflected inwardly toI resiliently bear against an inserted finger-nail.


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U.S. Classification132/285
International ClassificationA45D29/00
Cooperative ClassificationA45D29/004
European ClassificationA45D29/00M