4 Techniques to Add Color to Jewelry with Nail Polish

nail polish jewelry techniquesNail polish originated in China, dating back to 3000 BC.  Around 600 BC during the Zhou Dynasty, the royal house had a preference for the colors gold and silver. However, it would eventually transition to red and black. During the Ming Dynasty, nail polish was often made from a mixture including beeswax, egg whites, gelatin, vegetable dyes, and gum Arabic.

Egyptians used henna stains making their fingernails orange which would then turn dark red or brown after the stain matured. In 1300 BC, the color of the nail polish symbolized the ranking of social class each individual earned: gold and silver were considered to be the royal colors; however, they were later changed to black and red. The lower classes would wear pale colors and when the high society color changed to red, that is the color Cleopatra would often wear.  (Wikipedia)

So many wonderful, fantasy colors have been created for nail polish that is would be a travesty not  to use those imaginative colors when creating jewelry.

Learn how to add bursts of color to your jewelry with the cute and inspiring ideas for nail polish jewelry.  First, use nail polish to give a shiny, glossy finish to any metal.    Natalie uses rub on decals to add swirls and floral motifs to her finished pieces.  The results are stunning!

Polished Washer Jewelry

“Paint your washer with the colour nail polish of your choice. (in these pics I used a clear polish with sparkles in it).”

Original Source : http://northshoredays.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/polished-washer-jewelry.html

Have just a little of nail polish left?  Drop it into resin and make a splash pendant perfect for summer.

Nail Polish Resin Pendant Craft Tutorial

“It kind of discolors it a little bit and makes it a little bit yellow so it gives it an amber look. ”

Original Source : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekhM9ABUGlo


Linda Peterson will show you step-by-step how to give an enameled look to your metal findings.  I really like the look this adds to the filigree findings.

How to Make Faux Enamel Jewelry

“I am going to be sharing a technique that I learned years ago from my aunt June using nail polish and altering the look of metal findings to create a faux enamel. It’s a super cool technique!”

Original Source : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9URtiqkcBx4

Finally let Rebecca share her wisdom with you. Rebecca has an obsession with nail polish and it is easy to see why.  Her tutorial is very picture heavy, just loaded with pattern ideas to use when creating nail polish jewelry.  She adds shaped sequins and uses stamps to obtain some these fantasy designs.

Nail Polish Jewelery Tutorial!

“The trick to making jewelery is that you have to paint your layers in reverse order. You must let each layer dry completely to help prevent bubbles. Go do something else while your layers dry! Organize your polish! Twiddle your thumbs!”

Original Source : http://www.rebeccalikesnails.com/2012/02/nail-polish-jewelery-tutorial.html

Even though examples of nail polish can be found in many ancient civilizations, it in modern times when these cosmetic products reached their popularity.  Include these wonderful paints in your next mixed media jewelry project to add fabulous color and patterns to your designs.

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Lisa Allen wrote 382 articles on this blog.

I am constantly searching out fabulous jewelry supplies for jewelry-making and crafts and jewelry making tutorials. In my spare time I also enjoy time with my family, my Guitar, and books.