This is my 400th post! To celebrate, I’m sharing a tutorial.
As you all know, I’ve been on a nail polish kick recently. There are just so many amazing colors available these days, and so many types – glitters, holographics, shimmers, metallics, shatters, you name it. And while I wish I could wear all of them, some just don’t look pretty on my nails. But I still want to wear them, and I’ve found another way to show them off: nail polish jewelry.
It’s very easy to make, and the possibilities are only limited by the nail polish you find. I think the results are stunning:
Fabulous, right? And so simple! Here’s what you’ll need to make your own nail polish pendants.
A clear base coat, a variety of nail polish, topcoat, glass cabochons with trays, glass cabochons (round), glass cabochons (square), glass cabochons (rectangle), jewelry bails, heavy-duty glue, nail polish remover and q-tips or cotton.
I purchased my glass cabochons, trays and bails from etsy, but you might also be able to find them at your local craft or bead/jewelry-making shop. (Update – so many people have asked where to get supplies, so I’ve added Amazon links to items that can be found there.) I recommend domed cabochons if you can find them. The curve has a nice magnifying effect on the polish and gives the finished item more depth.
Step one: Paint the back of the cabochons with a layer of clear polish or base coat. Be sure that your base coat does not have any color – this needs to be perfectly clear. This will even out any flaws in your glass before you start painting with the colors. Wait until this coat is absolutely dry before moving on to step two.
Really. I mean it. Step away from the project until it is completely dry. Get a sandwich or watch an episode of Parks and Recreation. Drag marks from layering not quite dry polish will ruin this project. Ask me how I know.
Step Two: If you’re using a crackle polish, add a layer to the glass now. Here I used OPI’s Silver Shatter. It goes on normally, but “shatters” as it dries. I’m not really a fan of this look on my nails (although I’m sure it’s lovely on yours!) but I think this looks fabulous on this pendant. Wait for this to dry, and move on to the next step.
Step Three: Start to layer your nail polish. On the left, I’m using Zoya Roxy, a deep purple with tons of purple glitter. On the right, I’m layering Butter London Bluey over the shatter.
Keep building the layers until it’s at the opacity you like. It might take just one or two coats, or in the case of some clear glitters, as many as five or six. Be sure the polish is dry between layers.
Note: if you drip down the sides or generally make an error, you can try to correct it with the remover and q-tips. Or, if you accidentally flip your still-wet project over so it lands face down on your working surface, you can start over entirely by removing the polish. Ask me how I know. (And always protect your work surface, just in case.)
Step Four: When you’ve built up the layers to your satisfaction, add a layer of topcoat. This is especially important if you’re not setting the pendant in a tray, but just adding the jewelry bail. This will help protect the polish.
Step Five: Once the top coat is dry, it’s time to glue. I use E6000 – it’s very strong, and dries clear, so it won’t alter the look of the colors. For the tray setting, smooth the glue in a thin layer evenly over the back of the cabochon, and place in the tray. For the bail, add a touch of glue to the back of the bail, and center it along the top of the glass.
Step Six: Let the glue dry. It can take anywhere from 24-48 hours for the E6000 to dry completely. Be patient. Eat another sandwich. Watch some more TV. Give yourself a manicure, you’ve earned it.
That’s it! You’re done! You now have a beautiful pendant just ready to slide onto your favorite chain and wear. These are just two examples – you can also play with layering different types of polishes for different effects: shatters and metallics, glitters and shimmers, or even just a stunning holographic polish on its own.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions, let me know. And if you decide to make your own nail polish pendant, please keep me posted. I’d love to see your finished projects!
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