Inspired by Sarah from Chalkboard Nails (click the link to see the tutorial), I’ve been wanting to try my hand at nail polish jewellery for a while now. There are a few sellers on Etsy that will make custom pieces based on your requests but going DIY holds much more appeal to me! I love that satisfaction of making something myself. So I hit Etsy to buy my supplies – all I really wanted was earring supplies as I don’t really wear much jewellery so pendants and rings would be wasted on me.
I ordered from a couple of suppliers and got supplies to make both stud earrings and drop earrings in a variety of sizes. I didn’t have the best experience with one of the suppliers – my order was short (by quite a lot) and they took nearly 2 weeks to ship the supplies after I got my shipping notice. I’m still debating whether to contact the seller because I honestly don’t want to order from them again or wait around for another month to get the replacement pieces.
Anyway, I’ve only made a few pairs of earrings so far but thought I would show you what I’ve made:
- 10mm China Glaze Strawberry Fields
- 8mm China Glaze Ahoy
- 8mm Lynnderella Connect The Dots and OPI La Paz-itively Hot
- 8mm Lynnderella Connect The Dots, China Glaze Passion In The Pacific and Essence Lets Get Lost
- 8mm China Glaze Kinetic Candy
I also made a larger 12mm pair of drop earrings and tried some stamping which turns out to be extremely difficult. The stamping part itself wasn’t too tough but no matter how long I left them to dry, I always seemed to smudge the design with the next layer. If I try more stamping I think I will try putting a top coat between the stamp and the base colour. This was the best I managed after 3 attempts (thankfully if you stuff it up, you can always use some polish remover, take it off and start again).
Despite some trials and tribulations I had such fun making these and they would definitely make great gifts. I’m thinking of making some for friends. My only tip on top of the tutorial that Sarah put together is to use some blu-tak to stick the cabochons face down while you’re painting them. It makes it much easier to keep them together and in place and not get polish everywhere!
Have you tried your hand at nail polish jewellery? What’s your favourite types of polishes to use? I came to the conclusion that I loved glass fleck polishes the most.