Chris thinks my nail polish obsession is out of control. He might be right. I made these last weekend:
They’re earring fronts, made of glass cabochons painted with nail polish. This pic is cut off, but shows the colors more clearly:
I tried a lot of colors, and each one is my favorite:
- Before you start, wipe your cabochons with acetone or nail polish remover to clean them.
- I used tweezers to hold the cabochons while I painted them (thanks for the tip, Steph!). If you have hemostats, those might work better because they can be locked in place. I had to force the tweezers open a little with my finger, and that gets uncomfortable after a while.
- Keep acetone and Q-Tips handy to clean off the tips of the tweezers when you switch to a new pair. You don’t want to get black paint on your white earrings, for example. I kept my acetone-dipped Q-Tips on a sheet of foil so that they wouldn’t leak through to the tabletop.
- Another great tip from Steph that probably saved me a headache: Paint the layers in reverse order from when you do your nails.
- For example, if you’re using glitter, paint that layer first, so that it’s topmost when you turn your cabochon right-side up. And if you’re using crackle polish, start with a layer of clear polish — that will activate your crackle. Then apply the crackle, followed by the base color.
- I got 50 6mm surgical steel posts from mksupplies on Etsy for $5.30 with shipping.
- 50 8mm glass cabochons from 21gcg on eBay for $3.39 shipped.
- 50 silicone earring backs from firsttimearound on eBay for $1.69 shipped.
Total cost: $10.38 for 25 pairs of earrings.
Next time: If I make these again, I’d try to find smaller cabochons because I feel like these are just a little too big. (It’s an “if” only because I’ve already made lots — who needs 50 pairs?). I would also look into a clear glue specifically for bonding glass to metal, like rearview mirror adhesive or Loctite Glass Glue. The superglue I used is probably good enough, but I think the pieces might separate if I drop them hard enough.
Here they are in action, with new and improved red hair: