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Fab Tip: Lacquer Those Jewels

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Nail polish is created to color nails — we all know this. But that's not its sole purpose. Have you ever considered using nail polish to liven up your jewels? I have a friend who uses it to spice up her earrings — like these Mini Hearts Studs ($14) — and the result is pretty fabulous. If you're interested, the process is rather painless.


To learn how to use nail polish to jazz up your jewels,

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  • Start with smooth-surfaced jewelry (earrings work best but rings, bangles, and necklaces are doable too) to work with. Make sure your item doesn't have rhinestones or a rocky surface.
  • If you're going to paint with a light nail polish color, it's preferable to use silver or white jewelry. Dark polishes like red and hot yellow work fine on gold.
  • Now it's time to start painting your earrings with the nail polish of your choice. Apply evenly and use two to three coats to avoid chipping.
  • Allow to dry for about 30 minutes.
  • Though not required, you can add a coat of clear polish for extra shine or glitter polish for pizzazz.
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franklystylish franklystylish 6 years
I usually like paints my old rings to match my outfits more..putting a base coat befor the colour will make the polish stay on longer!
nicole-gauthier nicole-gauthier 6 years
I'm in high school, and I use nail polish to paint my combination lock for my locker, but I never thought of painting my jewelery! What a great idea! And to answer some questions from my experience, it does come off with nail polish remover, and it hardly chips at all, even though it's used multiple times per day.
NelsonB NelsonB 6 years
Wow, this is really cool but we would like to see before and after pictures. I assume you can use some nail polish remover to change the color? Thanks for the tip. casino
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Charblit Charblit 6 years
I think this idea is rad. I love the posts that are about recycling or upcycling instead of just buying stuff.
chicandcool chicandcool 6 years
how long will it last before the polish chips away?
Rouge14 Rouge14 6 years
I've used it once to do some touching up on some cherry shaped earrings that were losing their colors, it worked wonders :)
Asche Asche 6 years
@MakeitUrOwn: You would be surprised at how ditsy people can be!
MakeitUrOwn MakeitUrOwn 6 years
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MakeitUrOwn MakeitUrOwn 6 years
...I don't think it's necessary... people should be smart enough to know now to paint REAL jewelry
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
agreed asche. and a before-and-after picture would really help.
Asche Asche 6 years
I assume advising people to paint costume jewelry and not silver/gold/etc, but you should <i>really</i> indicate that in the post.
Asche Asche 6 years
I assume advising people to paint costume jewelry and not silver/gold/etc, but you should really indicate that in the post.
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