Giving Nail Polish Jewelry a Shot

Nail Polish Jewelry First (1)

I kept seeing these pins on Pinterest proclaiming the easy awesomeness of nail polish jewelry, but I didn’t need any pretty, shiny things, so I passed them on by.  Then I realized that, okay, I don’t need pretty, shiny things, but dangit did I want some!

Nina Ultra Pro holographic gold topcoat backed by Butter London Queen Vic

Nina Ultra Pro holographic gold topcoat backed by Butter London Queen Vic

Sally Girl white glitter backed by China Glaze For Audrey

Sally Girl white glitter backed by China Glaze For Audrey

So last week I got online and checked out what Sun and Moon had to offer, ordered myself up some glass domes and settings, and sat back to wait.  This morning, what was waiting for me in my mailbox?  Why, a lovely priority mail package with all my settings and domes, of course!




When I got home from taking the Munchkin to spend the night with my mom (we have to make a seriously lengthy road trip for a friend’s baby shower tomorrow), I set to work.  This is really an incredibly easy process, once you get past deciding what polishes you want to use with what settings.  That part took me a while, especially since I had to round up all my errant nail polishes hanging out around the house.

China Glaze Riveting backed by Ulta Red Carpet Red

China Glaze Riveting backed by Ulta Red Carpet Red

China Glaze Water You Waiting For backed by China Glaze Hanging in the Balance

China Glaze Water You Waiting For backed by China Glaze Hanging in the Balance

Anyway, here’s how you do it:

Turn your glass pieces over so that they’re facing backside (the side you would fasten into the setting) up.

Apply one to two coats of glitter polish to get a good covering.  I needed two coats with all of them to keep them from being terribly spotty.  Let these dry completely.  Well, let me rephrase this a bit.  You don’t need a glitter polish; I just chose them to give my pieces a little bit more depth and interest.  You could just as easily use a single polish that has the amount of dimension you like, in which case you could skip the next step.

Now apply a coat of whatever solid color polish you’ve chosen to use with your glitter.  This is really just to give a solid background to your pieces or add a little color contrast or depth.  Let this dry completely.

Use resin or glue (I used superglue because we have 475,631 tubes of it between here and the shop) to fasten your domes into the settings.  Let dry completely.

Now use jewelry pliers to attach any jump rings you need to your pendants and earrings, and you have a mass of new pretties!

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17 Responses to Giving Nail Polish Jewelry a Shot

  1. Bonnie Provencal says:

    Don’t you just LOVE Sun and Moon? I love their stuff and use them exclusively in my jewelry making. Love this idea, and just might have to give it a try. Thanks for the tute!

    • I do! I hadn’t bought anything from them before I tried this, but I’m thoroughly in love now. I hope the tutorial helps if you decide to give this a try — I get compliments almost every time I wear a piece I made.

  2. could you do this using led or uv cure gel polish?

    • That’s a good question. I don’t see why you couldn’t, but I’m not very familiar with the gel polishes and working with them. I probably wouldn’t, just because the gel polishes are fairly expensive compared to regular polish, and I’m cheap. :D

  3. Gina gerdis says:

    Ok I gotta admit… downright jealous I never thought of this! A small part of me really wanted to believe I was the queen of making Pretty out of Almost Nothing using my secret Creative Poverty Powers. That said…..this is just ridiculously awesome.Love love love it!!! This is one of those pinterest ideas that I actually DO….I dont even have the patience to order online….im ready to haul *** to my nearest lapidary for domes and settings!

  4. Kym says:

    Do you only buy clear stones?

    • That’s all I’ve done so far, but I am interested in seeing how the polish would interact with colored glass. I just haven’t found a supplier for that (admittedly, I haven’t looked too hard recently).

  5. Michelle says:

    You can but these half rounded glass pieces at the dollar store or Wal-Mart.

  6. enyalover15 says:

    Great! can’t wait to try it!

  7. Sarah says:

    I will have to try this :)
    I might try painting some designs on them first and then going over it with the polish. Maybe even try some marbling techniques.

  8. Blackkitty says:

    I bet this would look great with a stamped design instead of the glitter layer!

    • I like the sound of that! If you have a big enough cab/small enough stamp, it definitely has potential. If you end up trying it, will you let me know how it turns out?

      • Sandy Hardy says:

        I have practiced on glass w Inexpensive polish for a few years. I am a manacurist & blogs for nail artists will give you great ideas.
        Start by making puddles of diff colored polish on a plate the size of a pea, then use a toothpick to make dots of color..on paper
        Like….daisies, leaves, hearts, vines

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  10. Megan says:

    Love love love it! I can’t wait to try this out as well as making paper beads. I saw some clear glass beads at the dollar store and now I have mighty need to go back there to get them.

    • If you like the results you get from the Dollar Store beads, I recommend getting future ones from someplace like Sun and Moon – they’re a much higher quality if you’re going to do a lot of it. Good luck!

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