Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Updating Your Junior High Craft Projects - A Nail Polish Necklace

HELLO!!

Man, I've missed you guys. Sorry for the total radio silence on my end, I have spent my last five weekends at weddings! So there went all of my time to work on any projects, or clean my house, or really do anything except belly up to open bars and work on perfecting my Cupid Shuffle.

Anyways, I'll come back to you later today and make you gather round the slide projector on the shag carpeting to take a look at my vacation photos and pretend you care, but for now here is a really simple DIY.

Painting jewelry with nail polish is no new thing, I'm sure, like me, that most readers of this blog have been doing it since they were allowed to have nail polish. Its been floating around Pinterest lately and I keep meaning to do it as a Lazy Sunday style post, especially since I find myself always pinning images like this:


But the thing is, these clean lines and soft, subtle colors do not exist in the cheapy market. and often cost upwards of $700. That's cool. 

What I was finding in the Knockoff World was more like this one from Forever 21. It was meant to look like jewels, but just looked like plastic. Plus, the thin paper leopard underlay was not even tacky in the good, Peg Bundy way. It was just ugly. 


Even if you're of the camp that it's not that ugly, you have to admit, its not versatile. And its a little Claire's Boutique-y. So I picked Zoya nailpolish in Bevin to clean it up a bit.



Now here is the thing that Pinterest doesn't tell you.Whenever you're working with nail polish, or really paint of any kind, it always tells you to do nice, quick, light coats. For this project, I actually found I got the best results by doing ONE light coat just for a base, then globbing on the rest. The gems of this necklace are laid in little gold frames, and by globbing it on, it allowed the run off into the edges and get in the gold frames for a more polished look (pun!).  This helps you avoid having to do touchups around the edge and getting your color on the gold.


Also, even though Zoya is a quality brand that looks fine on nails, it dries a bit matte to pass as gems, so I hit it with a Sally Hansen topcoat once the Zoya was dry.

And here I am, looking THRILLED about it! I write these posts before work, so I'm not always bright-eyed and bushy tailed. You're lucky I even showered.

So that's it, pretty easy, but hopefully the tips about globbin' it on and covering it with a topcoat will help yours look a bit more intentional and a bit less like that plastic necklace from The Icing you covered in the Backstreet Boys line of nail polish in 1998. 

Price Breakdown
The necklace was $7 from Forever21 (expensive, by their standards!)
I already owned both nail polishes, so you can do this on the cheap with favorites from your collection. 
Total: $7

That brings us into the Under $10 category!

For some inspiration, here are some baubles I really like that could easily be done with this technique:





Also, a special thanks to our friends at Chimes Design for the Humpday Blog Love

xo,

21 comments:

  1. That looks EXPENSIVE. Awesome idea.

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  2. kickass idea. and I love that you reference Peg Bundy and her appropriately tacky leopardwear.

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  3. Oooooo I love this so much I'm gonna go to Forever 21 on my lunch break to see if they have that necklace so I can do the same.

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    1. they get this style pretty often, haha if you can overlook the ugly, its a goldmine!

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  4. Love it! I need to test this out!!

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    1. if you do, lemme know how it turns out!

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  5. wow that turned out super nice! i'm going to have to keep an eye out for a suitable necklace to try this out on

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    1. forever21 and charlotte russe are a goldmine for big ugly statement necklaces!

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  6. Ummmmmm LOVE this, going to copy it right away!

    xomando

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    1. ooh if you do, let me know how it went!!

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  7. How cool! I'll have to keep this in mind when I'm pining for expensive jewelry.

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    1. haha exactly, because everything i love seems to be ten million dollars

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  8. Love this idea! Went to Forever21 today and bought the same (originally) hideous necklace because I love the shapes---now's it's $12.80, but I was too inspired to say no!
    Great blog, thanks for all the wonderful ideas

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    1. ooh did you do it?? how did it turn out?

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  9. Just found your blog and I'm in love. The tutorials are great, but even better, you make me laugh. Let's be internet BFF. But not in a creepy way.

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    1. omg your blog is amazing, i am going to creep on you through my reader on the regular now, don't mind me haha

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  10. You're one crafty bitch. I'm on love.

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