Hello neighbors! Here is another fun project you can do for less than $10. This is a great project to do with your kids, to give as gifts, sell at craft fairs, etc. It’s easy and doesn’t cost much to make.
Here’s what you will need for this project:
Clear Glass Cabochon Accent Gems/Pebbles (Dollar Store $1 a bag)
Nail Polish (metallic, clear and glitter)
Metallic Eye Shadow or Jacquard Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments
Waterslide Transfers (optional) I printed out some designs on waterslide transfer paper for Mass Appeal viewers and can send you some if you don’t want to buy the package. Here’s the site I used for the fairy patterns.
E6000 Permanent Glue
As usual, if you need any of these supplies and you can’t find them, etc, let me know and I’ll send you some free of charge (for Massachusetts residents)!
There are two styles to choose from. Here’s the first set of directions:
Paint clear nail polish on the flat back side of the glass stone.
Cut out one of the transfers and wet the back. The transfer will slide off easily. Once the clear polish is tacky/partially dry, put the transfer printed side down onto the glass stone. Then, paint on another coat of clear nail polish.
* If you want to paint into the design, this is the time to do it.
While the polish is still tacky, rub on some metallic eye shadow or pigment powder onto the glass. This will give it an pearl glitter finish. Paint on one more layer of clear nail polish to seal the powder.
Here’s what it looks like when it’s dry.
Allow the layers of polish to dry for a few hours. Then you can paint a color on the back as shown. Allow the back to dry overnight, then glue on a jewelry bail. Add a chain or ribbon.
STYLE 2 (No powder)
STEP 1 & 2 Same as above
Paint on dots of nail polish on the back of the glass in different colors. Allow the paints to dry for a few minutes. Then paint on glitter polish from the center to the edges, gently blending all the dots.
Allow the paint to dry for about 2 hours, then paint on a different color all over the back. Allow the last layer to dry over night, then glue on a jewelry bail.
ADDITIONAL DESIGN IDEAS
You can glue these pebbles on to plain bangle/cuff bracelets and paint the bracelets with alcohol inks, add flat back rhinestones, etc. That is what I did to create the bracelets shown in the photos. With alcohol inks, you want to seal them with clear coat acrylic paint spray.
And that’s it! This is super easy. The waterslide transfers are optional. You can make dichroic glass looks without them. Here are photos of the pendants I made with just nail polish.
Let me know if you need anything. I’m happy to help! Thank you for watching. If you have jewelry you want to sell, contact me at: 413-512-3714 or email me at: [email protected]. We sell the jewelry, use it for crafts and donate to juvenile hall charities. Everything is loved and appreciated. Thanks everyone!
UPDATE from Michele in Ware, MA! Michele made these cute key chains using findings I sent her. She also painted the dollar store gems and make them into pendants.
Great job! They look fantastic. Thanks for watching and I will see you on the 25th of September for Steampunk Key jewelry.