My friend Jean showed me a picture of the mother's day craft she made for her grandma this year. She took glitter nail polish and used it to make faux birth stones, the middle representing her grandma and her grandpa, and the outside circle representing their kids, grandkids and great grandkids.
I think this was one of the most amazing ideas I have seen yet and asked her if she would write up a little bit of how she did it so I could share it with you!
I ordered the glass cabochons and pendant trays at www.sunandmooncraftkits.com
The first step is to wipe any fingerprints and smears off the cabochon. I like to use a microfiber cloth. Then I put a layer of top coat on (not pictured). Once that's dry I used my nail art pen (silver at far right) to draw the lines. The bottle is plastic, and you can either screw the cap off to get a thin striper brush, or pop the cap off to reveal a pen like top (think puffy paint). I did that so I had more control. I let that dry for a few hours.
For most of my "gems" I used a glitter polish first. I used a small nail art brush so I had more control over getting the polish in the lines. It also helped me get more glitter on the brush - some glitter is suspended in very thick base and I did not want this to be thick and lumpy. I let that dry over night.
The next day I took a more opaque polish in a similar color to each glitter and used the nail art brush to paint that on. For most of them I needed to put a second coat of that on once the first had dried. The pendant tray has a design on it (to help the glue stick better, I think) but I did not want it to show through.
After letting it dry overnight again, I used E6000 glue to secure the pendant in the tray. I always let it set for 24 hours before mailing/wearing.
So what did you think? Amazing right?
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!