Making your own cabochons is easy and fun with your favorite nail polish colors and some glass gems – like the kind you use in vases and aquariums!
This video tutorial will show you two different techniques to create interesting patterns and textures under the glass, so you’re essentially creating your own beautiful gems to work with! When they’re done, use them for making pendants, rings, magnets, mosaics, or any number of other fun craft projects. (See ideas below!)
TOOLS & SUPPLIES:
• clear glass vase gems (the kind with a flat back)
• clear coat nail polish
• 2 or more contrasting nail polish colors
• cling film (saran wrap)
How to use your pretty new gems:
Using E600, an amazing industrial strength adhesive (and my go-to for dozens of craft and jewelry making applications), you can make all kinds of fun stuff by attaching your gems to any of the items below!
1.) Make a Ring. Attach cabochon to a ring blank
2.) Make a Pendant. Attach cabochon to an aanraku bail (glue-on bail)
3.) Make Magnets. Attach cabochons to craft magnets
4.) Bezel set the cabochon, like any gemstone
5.) Make a mosaic. Use these gems like you would mosaic tiles for any number of mosaic applications (decorate a picture frame, a mirror, a table top, bird bath, etc.)
Love this project? You won’t want to miss my glass and paper pendant tutorial using these same glass gems!
Got any suggestions for how to use these fun nail-polish painted gems? I’d love to hear your ideas and add them to the list! Leave a note in the comments below!
Laura Ohlrogge says
I’m a nail polish addict, diy junkie, and a jewelry lover… I think I’ve found my calling!! Thank you!