I should really be studying for my exams…but I need a break from all that stress right now! So I decided to make some fun costume jewellery for myself. Aren’t they pretty? No, those earrings aren’t mismatched – they’re painted with a colour-shifting blue/purple nail polish I cooked up. More on that later, I promise! =)
You can get the rings and earrings on my Etsy store for a very reasonable price! That way you can get ahold of my funky handmade colours. I also do custom orders.
If you’re more of the DIY type…these are fun to make! You can purchase the materials at a craft store, fabric store, art store, or from Ebay. The only hassle is you often have to buy the materials in lots, which can get expensive.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Nail polish or acrylic paint
- Glitter (optional)
- Sealant (such as Krylon)
- Scotch tape, plasticine, or kneaded eraser
- Jewellery findings (plain rings, earring posts, pendants, etc)
- Clear glass or resin flatback domed cabochons
- Adhesive or craft/jewellery glue (such as E6000 or Gemtac)
Step 1: First, make a little loop of scotch tape and stick it to your table. Place your cabochon on the tape loop with the flat side facing up. This stops it from moving and wobbling while you paint it. You can also use a kneaded eraser or plasticine.
Step 2: Paint your colours of choice onto your cabochon. Try out magnetic polishes or crackle polishes to get really cool effects! If you want to layer colours, to paint them in the opposite order that you would normally. For example, if I wanted to layer white glitter on a blue background, I would paint the white glitter layer first and the blue layer second. Also, glass dries a lot more slowly than your fingernails, so don’t get tempted to touch.
Step 3: When your cabochon is completely dry, seal it with a coat of sealant. This will protect it from scratches and will help to preserve the colour. If the nail polish is still wet, the sealant will ruin all of your hard work =(
Step 4: Use a piece of sandpaper to gently rub the flat surface of your jewellery finding. Apply a few beads of glue to the finding and carefully press your cabochon onto it, making sure not to smear glue onto the domed surface. You might want to use something like a clothespin to press the finding and cabochon together. Let it dry overnight.
Step 5: Voila, you’re done! Show off your fabulous new jewellery.
Enjoy, and have fun~