Friday, September 13, 2013

#SBBC Day 13 - Nail Polish Jewellery

Hi!

Today I picked the Craft Project prompt as opposed to the DIY Beauty one - I've had great intentions of making my own body scrub for a while but I keep forgetting to buy the bits & pieces to make one I like. Instead, I'm going to show you something I've made recently.

Nail Polish jewellery is gorgeous - when I first came across it, I was amazed that people could make such pretty things from some polish, pieces of metal and plastic. It's all over Etsy - there are hundreds of people making their own pendants, earrings, rings, bracelets - so I decided to have a look on eBay and see if I could gather a few supplies together to rustle up something of my own.


The little plastic things you need for the inserts are called cabochons. You'll also need some cabochon backs or settings, make sure the inserts & backs are the same size.

Here are a few links to some basic supplies on eBay, just to give you a few ideas - there are loads of different types of settings out there to suit loads of different tastes:

Cabochons
Black Cameo Cabochon Settings
Silver Plated Ring Setting
Earring Settings
Pink Cotton Necklace Cords (would be ideal for party favours)
Roll of open link chains

I'm going to show you a step-by-step for the necklace I made. I bought cabochons, settings, and a roll of open link chain. I think altogether the supplies came to less than a fiver, but took a while to arrive from Hong Kong.

Here's the blank cabochon:


Next, I picked my colours. I went for China Glaze Atlantis and Essence Alice Had a Vision...Again.


Starting with the colour I want to show up on the front of the cabochon, I painted a thick layer of Atlantis on the reverse (flat) side.


When that was dry, I applied a thick layer of the Essence polish over the green. Here's what it looks like from the front when dry:


This is what the settings look like - there are loads of different styles & shapes available.


When the polish is dry, apply some glue to the setting. I used tacky glue but superglue would be better. Then press the cabochon gently into the setting.


You can see the white there from the tacky glue I used - but it dried clear. Next, I got a small link from an old chain (I bought a bag of links but couldn't find them) and attached one end to the top of the setting, then cut a piece of chain long enough to go around my head and attached both loose ends to the link before closing & tightening it with tweezers.


I'm really happy with how it turned out and I can't wait to make some more with different polish combinations! It looks really nice on and the glitter really sparkles in the sun.


Super easy and a great idea for a personalised present -  how about a Bridesmaids gift, using the wedding colours? You could make them for birthday parties, hen nights, party favours - or just for yourself using a special polish.



16 comments:

  1. That is so impressive, I would never have thought that was even possible but what a great idea! The possibilities are endless! Thanks for sharing x

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    1. Thanks Gail! The possibilities definitely are endless, so many different things to make! x

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  2. Oh wow that looks fab, :) i wanna make some now!!

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  3. Wow! That is such a good idea, and it's something I've never thought of doing before.

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    1. I didn't even know non-etsy people could do it until I stumbled across some of the supplies on eBay, so cheap too!

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  4. Oh that is gorgeous! Have seen pieces on Etsy a good bit and love the idea. Must give it a try

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    1. Definitely do, it's so easy and it looks really nice x

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  5. What a great idea and so creative! You could make a fortune with these! x

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    1. Thank you Chloe! It's definitely something I want to play around with a bit more, I think some of the bracelet settings could be stunning x

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  6. Fantastic idea that has inspired me to have a go - Ebay here I come!!! xxx

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    1. Brilliant, I can't wait to see what you make, please post a link when you have it done! xx

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  7. That's frickin fabulous! I love how you can change and integrate anything, you could use photos or anything. Heart this and totally want to try it out myself!

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  8. Ooh, very pretty! I know the bigger Essence stands have some plastic jewellery to do this with but I've never been inspired, til now!

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  9. That came out gorgeous! And it will always be unique and you can co-ordinate with the polish on your nails - very cool, I must give this a try sometime, thanks for sharing :)

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  10. I have wanted to make one of these for the longest time! You made such a pretty one:) I definitely have to do this!!

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