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How to Make Nail Polish Jewelry

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Tammy is a paralegal, an experienced freelance writer, a mother of four, and a bargain hunter.

Make beautiful jewelry using nail polish.

Make beautiful jewelry using nail polish.

Fast and Affordable Jewelry With Nail Polish

Jewelry is expensive. Why not make your own (or spruce up the jewelry you already have)?

Making jewelry with nail polish is fast, inexpensive, and an easy way to add some flair to your jewelry collection. By using crackle nail polish, you can create rings, bracelets, necklaces, key chains, purse ornaments, and bookmarks in custom designs and colors of your choosing.

This jewelry is created by painting the flat side of cabochon stones with a clear topcoat and various coats and colors of crackle nail polish. The design is then painted with black crackle polish to give the stone a "mirror" finish. The result is a beautiful "stone" that looks as if it has a beautiful glow from within and many compliments for you.

A Great DIY Gift Idea!

Nail polish rings look fabulous when you wear them with matching nail polish. Finished pieces make great gifts for you or someone special. Nail polish jewelry is a very fun and addictive craft!


  • Clear Cabochon Stones: Available in jeweler's grade online at Etsy or at any craft store. These can be made using the floral beads in the floral department at Walmart or the Dollar Store. If using these, check the quality of them before your paint your stone as some of them may be chipped.
  • Crackle Nail Polish: In several colors including black to line the bottom of the stone.
  • Clear Lacquer Nail Polish: OPI is the leading brand of all nail polishes.
  • Jewelry Finding: These can be purchased at craft stores such as Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, and Michaels. Findings are the actual jewelry structure in which you will place your stone such as a ring, necklace pendant, bracelet, or key ring. Jewelry findings come in many styles and quality may vary. If you plan on wearing your piece of jewelry, consider getting a sturdy, high-quality finding for a setting.
  • Glue Gun: With high-temperature glue sticks or super glue.
  • Tape: To hold the stone in place while painting.
Be sure to paint the flat side of the stone.

Be sure to paint the flat side of the stone.

Instructions to Make Nail Polish Jewelry

  1. Fold a piece of tape around your finger so it is sticky on all sides. Place it on a clean workspace that is prepared for painting.
  2. Place the clear cabochon stone onto the tape so it stays in place as you paint it. Make sure the flat side is facing up. This is the side of the stone that will be painted.
  3. Coat the flat side of the cabochon stone with an even thin coat of clear nail polish. Allow the polish to dry for at least ten minutes. If you are using crackle nail polish on your stone, you must coat it first with clear polish. Crackle polish activates when it is used on nail polish,
  4. Coat the stone with your favorite shades of crackle polish in any design you desire. Experiment with patterns and abstract applications. This will be the design that shows through your jewelry. (Sparkle nail polish looks exceptionally pretty!)
  5. Let the design dry completely. Allow extra drying time for thick paint.
  6. Coat the back of the stone with black nail polish. This will help your design to show through and give the stone a mirror effect from the top. This will also prevent the glue from showing through once you glue it to the finding. Allow this coat to dry.
  7. When you are certain the nail polish is dry and hardened, glue the cabochon stone to the finding. A high-temperature glue is best for securing the stone to the finding but you can also use craft glue or super glue. Allow the glue to dry before wearing your new jewelry.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


JANET ROTH on March 02, 2018:


Sequoia Cheyenne from Philadelphia, PA on July 13, 2015:

Terrific idea! There's a photo at the top of your hub here that shows a pendant with yellow, blue and black swirls ... how exactly did you make that one?

Lejla M.S. from Bosnia and Herzegovina on November 16, 2014:

Looks great. I might give it a try as well :)

Emma Lindhagen from Stockholm, Sweden on November 16, 2014:

This sounds like a lot of fun! I must try it out one day.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on September 08, 2013:

Thanks so much for your kind comment ChristyWrites!

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on September 08, 2013:

That is so cool! I had no idea this was even possible. Vote up!

Hamza Arshad from Pakistan on March 28, 2013:

Wow that's something creative thanks for sharing such ideas

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 28, 2013:

Thanks for reading The Goddess. You can use the glass stones from the Dollar Store. These are vase fillings and are a little chunky. Many of them have an irridencent quality that make regular nail polish look magical. I found the ones I used at Etsy. If you search cabachons you can find them in any size and they are very affordable. You don't have to use crackle polish if you don't want to. The blue one in the photos is made of just blue nail polish. You will still want to add a clear coat on the bottom of the stone. Hope that helps!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 28, 2013:

Thanks so much Sparleyfinger. I appreciate you stopping by.

Brina from Ohio on March 28, 2013:

These are really beautiful and original. Just a quick question though: Are these stones like the glass ones you could get at a Dollar store? And do you HAVE to use crackle polish?

Rumana from Sharjah, UAE on March 27, 2013:

Hi tammyswallow,

I am having a habit of making ear piece from my old jewelry. But you have done something very creative here.

Thanks for the tutorial

Voted up useful and Shared!

Lynsey Hart from Lanarkshire on March 26, 2013:

A great idea, and I can't wait to try it!!!! Voted up and useful :)

H-Chris from Nebraska on March 02, 2013:

Made some of these and they came out GORGEOUS!! Thanks again for the tutorial!

Kelly from New England on February 28, 2013:

Excellent! I have an extremely talented, artsy teenager who is going to have a blast trying this out - thanks for the great video tutorial, too!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 27, 2013:

Thanks Maria! There are a few on this page. You can get a big variety of bezel cup rings and cabachons on Ebay and Etsy. The cheaper they are, the lower quality they usually are. I hope you will give them a try!

Celeste Wilson on February 27, 2013:

I love this. Your tutorial is really helpful. I love the necklaces. Voted beautiful

vibesites from United States on February 27, 2013:

I've been reading more and more uses by nail polish other than just adorning nails... and they're really exciting ideas! Voted up and useful. :)

Maria Cecilia from Philippines on February 26, 2013:

cool, I would like to try because I love to wear colorful fancy jewelries but my problem is where to find those things like ring or other stuff that I can beautify by nail polish, but will give it a try really..

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on February 26, 2013:

Very cool craft! Thank you for the directions. I am trying to think of other great uses. I found the crackle nail polish at my local dollar store for much less then in other stores. Cool hub as always!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on February 26, 2013:

Awesome! Very creative Tammy. I never thought that I can make it myself. Thanks for this great idea of making rings. Voted up and shared;-)

Samantha Harris from New York on February 26, 2013:

This is so awesome! I can't wait to try!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 20, 2013:

Thanks so much for reading Glass Jewelry. These are so much fun and they are great sellers. I hope she likes them!

Marco Piazzalunga from Presezzo, Italy on January 19, 2013:

My 15 year old daughter has an incredible collection of nail polish.

I have to make her read this article and come the desire to begin to follow his father's footsteps. One with the glass and other with nail polish and possibly with glazes.

Voted Useful!

H-Chris from Nebraska on December 25, 2012:

That was totally incredible! I know exactly what to make for my little sister now! She has a TON of different nail polish bottles and is always painting her nails.


Tammy (author) from North Carolina on December 16, 2012:

These are easy and fun TToombs08. I hope you enjoy it!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on December 16, 2012:

You always have some of the coolest and unique ideas on crafts! I'm bookmarking this to try next year. Too cool, Tammy!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on December 04, 2012:

These are very easy to make and no two pieces ever turn out the same. I hope you will give it a try. Thanks for reading!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 04, 2012:

I've never heard of nail polish jewelry, but the pieces are beautiful and I think I would enjoy it, too! How creative. Thanks so much for sharing.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on November 08, 2012:

Thanks so much Tiffany. This is a great craft for Moms and Daughters. Mine is 3 so she can't paint them yet, but she loves playing with the finished project. Hope you both enjoy it!

Tiffany Delite from Wichita, KS on November 02, 2012:

thanks for this hub! my daughter likes big rings, and this sounds like a fantastic project for some quality mother/daughter time! blessings...

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on November 01, 2012:

Thanks Magdaleine!

Magdaleine on November 01, 2012:

very smart! and beautiful :)

Steph on October 23, 2012:

I love this nail polish jewelry idea! Awhile ago I made a bracelet the very same way!!! You can check it out here!!! I'd love to know what you think!!!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 22, 2012:

I hope you enjoy it jezebellamina. This is a fun and wonderful craft!

Jessica from Dallas, TX on July 21, 2012:

This is so great Tammy! Awesome step-by-step video; I cannot wait to try this, you have given me so many good ideas!!

Voted up, awesome, & shared. Bravo!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 09, 2012:

That is a great idea talfonso. It is a great way to show our style when nail polish isn't practical. Thanks for stopping by.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 09, 2012:

Hi Carol7777. Welcome to Hubpages. I hope you love it here as much as I do. This is a wonderful craft with useful and beautiful results. I appreciate your comment and your visit. I will check out your hubs. :)

talfonso from Tampa Bay, FL on July 09, 2012:

Wow! I've never heard of nail polish jewelry. If I have to work at a job where nails have to be free of polish (like foodservice), I'd decide that instead of wasting polish, I'd buy a stone and a bezel and paint with it!

carol stanley from Arizona on July 09, 2012:

I just came across this and found it fascinating. I write a lot of craft articles and never heard of doing this. Well done and very interesting. WOuld love to try it. I am a new writer at Hubpages. Drop in sometimes.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 24, 2012:

Thank you so much Au Fait. These are a great selling craft for anyone looking to make a few extra dollars. I appreciate your visit and your comment!

C E Clark from North Texas on June 22, 2012:

This is really cool! I've never heard of this craft before. Saving the instructions. I love crafts that are inexpensive, easy, quick, and useful. This fills the bill. Voted you UP, and across the board for everything except funny. Will share with my followers.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 18, 2012:

Thanks Suzie HQ. I really appreciate your support of crafts. This is one craft that really pays if you plan to sell them. Men actually buy many of these in red and black and black and silver. These do wonderful on Etsy and Copious. I have been working on some with metallic nail polish and they turned out really neat. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on June 18, 2012:

never would have known about this before tammy! I have been making and selling jewellery for a few yrs and love doing it. Will have to try this also!! Thanks again, you have the best ideas for crafts.!!!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 05, 2012:

These are very popular with teens mwilliams66. That would be great fun. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

cmendijar77 from philippines on June 04, 2012:

hi tammy im first time use to hub where i working that.....

mwilliams66 from Left Coast, USA on June 04, 2012:

Wow, this is so cool. I can see doing this at a teenage girl's party (as well as doing it for myself).

Really clever!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 03, 2012:

You can use those for this project. The irridecent ones make pretty jewerly. You can also use purchased cabachons that fit specific ring sizes from Etsy. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for commenting.

cmendijar77 from philippines on June 03, 2012:

This is awesome Tammy! That picture with the different cabochans reminds me of those little colored glass pieces that you can put inside of vases and what not. I can't wait to try this out!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 03, 2012:

Thanks for your kind comment frogyfish. You can find crackle polish at CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. I hope you have fun with this craft.

frogyfish from Central United States of America on June 02, 2012:

This is a delightful new craft, at least to me. Loved your video instruction, both of them. I will have to get some crackle polish, which I have never seen because I don't wear nail polish, and have fun! Lots of ideas here. Thanks much for sharing your tips.

DragonflyTreasure from on the breeze......... on May 31, 2012:

Thanks Tammy!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 31, 2012:

Thanks Dragonfly Treasure! I love your photo.

DragonflyTreasure from on the breeze......... on May 30, 2012:

OMG! I would have never thought of this! Way cool!!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 23, 2012:

Thanks Kalux! This method is inexpensive and fun. The only real expense of doing this is the crackle nail polish. Thanks for your visit!

Kalux from Canada on May 23, 2012:

Very cool! What an inexpensive way to get some pretty colorful rings!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 09, 2012:

Thanks for your visit and comment Johanna Baker!

Johanna Baker on May 09, 2012:

Great hub and lovely idea for creative jewelry...thanks for sharing

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 01, 2012:

It is really fun forosangirl. I appreciate you stopping by!

formosangirl from Los Angeles on April 30, 2012:

They are pretty neat. I have most of the materials. Will try it out.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on April 30, 2012:

Right--I was thinking of any possible adverse effect on the polish itself.... Thank you

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 30, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by DzyMsLizzy. As long as the stone is taped down to the table (or set in putty) a blowdryer could definatley speed up the process. If it isn't attached, it will blow off the table. Thanks so much for your comment.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 30, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting Anamika! :)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 30, 2012:

Thanks so much for reading and commenting babergirl. I am sure you know exactly what can be done with crackle polish. I appreciate your visit and kind comment.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on April 30, 2012:

Very interesting. I would not have guessed nail polish from the photos.

I wonder, if you are an impatient sort--not mentioning names, (**la-dee-dah...looks around and up at ceiling...hum-dee-dum...**), whether you could use a hair dryer to speed up the nail polish drying time without causing a problem in the finished piece.....

Voted up, interesting, beautiful and shared.

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on April 30, 2012:

Nail Polish Jewelry? Now that's interesting! Good Hub,voted up!

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on April 30, 2012:

I love this idea. Being that my profession is a cosmetologist, you can only imagine how many bottles of nail polish I own. I bet this would be a fun little craft to do with my girls. They are old enough that they could do this, and they are really getting into jewelry! Thanks for the great idea... up, awesome and pinning!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 25, 2012:

Thanks carolinemd21. I appreciate the read and the comment.

Caroline Marie on April 25, 2012:

Awesome hub Tammy! Really unique idea. Love it.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 22, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by Kelleyward. These are easy to make and so unique. Thanks for your lovely comment.

kelleyward on April 21, 2012:

Wow Tammy I'm amazed at how easy it is, or you made it to be, to make nail polish jewelry. Thanks for sharing your tips! Take care, Kelley

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 11, 2012:

Thanks so much for your kind comment Brandym2012. I appreciate your visit!

Brandym2012 from PA on April 11, 2012:

Beautiful work! I love your idea's, so very unique. This hub has so much information and laid out perfectly. Awesome job!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 08, 2012:

Thanks for your comment Prasetio!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 08, 2012:

Thanks for your visit Movie Master. These are fun and addictive to make.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 08, 2012:

Thanks for your wonderful comments and for being such a wonderful follower. I appreciate you so much.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 08, 2012:

This was wonderful information and I love your tips. I'll share this information with my sister. Thanks for writing and share with us. Rated up and take care!


Movie Master from United Kingdom on April 08, 2012:

What a wonderful idea, I am so excited about trying this - my grandchildren will enjoy it too!

Many thanks and voted up.

SanneL from Sweden on April 07, 2012:

I had no idea you could make jewelry with nail polish! What a cool idea. I will share this hub with my nieces, that always look for craft ideas. I love the purple one on top. So beautiful. Thanks Tammy! I can always count on you to bring us inspirational hubs! Voted up and sharing of course! Hugs!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 03, 2012:

Hi Cloverleaffarm,

I am not sure if you can crackle a stone that is already colored. If it is a translucent stone, you can apply crackle to the back of it and it may show up. It wouldn't look the same. I will experiment with that and let you know if any thing works. Thanks for reading!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 03, 2012:

Thanks daisydaz. It is addictive and so much fun. You can make one for every outfit! Thanks for commenting!

Healing Herbalist from The Hamlet of Effingham on April 03, 2012:

I saw this stones in colors the other day. I wonder what you could do to 'crackle' those?

Chantele Cross-Jones from Cardiff on April 03, 2012:

What a great idea! How simple and easy! I would never have thought of this

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 02, 2012:

Thanks so much for those kind words coffeegginmyrice. I hope she enjoys it!

Marites Mabugat-Simbajon from Toronto, Ontario on April 02, 2012:

Nice one, Tammy! My daughter who is fond of nailpolish and jewelry will love this creativity. Will share!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 30, 2012:

Thanks for the comment alifeofdesign. This is a wonderful craft. It can be done in the time it takes polish and glue to dry and it looks amazing. I appreciate you stopping by!

Graham Gifford from New Hamphire on March 29, 2012:

My nieces would love this idea. Thank you, tammyswallow, for sharing. I hadn't seen this craft idea before and it's particularly good because it cane be an afternoon craft. All too often, I'm inspired to craft a much larger project that takes weeks to complete. It's refreshing to make something you can wear that night!

Best Regards,

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 29, 2012:

Thanks so much myawn! It is great fun.

myawn from Florida on March 29, 2012:

never would have thought of this excellent jewelry hub.. I love making jewelry will try this .

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 28, 2012:

Thanks for your comment creativelycc! These are beautiful and they look stunning on all sorts of ring bases. Walmart, CVS,(the Sally Hansen brand) and Sally Beauty sell crackle nail polish. It is a harsh look and I don't think I would wear it on my nails, but it brings this jewelry to life. You can put regular nail polish on top of it and it shines through. I appreciate your visit and wish you the very best as well!

Carrie L Cronkite from Maine on March 28, 2012:

I love this, they are so beautiful. They would make great Christmas gifts. I never heard of crackle nail polish, I'll have to look for some the next time I'm at Walmart. Thank you very much and the best to you!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 28, 2012:

Thanks so much for your wonderful comment Ms. Stephanie. This is a fun craft and the combinations of colors are endless. I appreciate your visit.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on March 28, 2012:

What a great way to use nail polish and those floral stones I have tucked away in my closet! Love the idea of having rings to match your nail polish!

Voted up and pinned!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 28, 2012:

Thanks for visiting and for your kindness Ruchira! That is not me in the video at the bottom. You can hear and see me on my Ghost Hunter's Interviews though. I sound very country. Good to see you!

Ruchira from United States on March 28, 2012:

Tammy your daughter will be lucky to have this talented and creative mom to help her dazzle amongst her friends.

loved this idea and btw, is that your video/voice? cool lady! you rock!!

voted up and sharing it!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 26, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting poisonx3girlx3! Hope you have lots of fun!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 26, 2012:

Thanks theLyricwriter! :)

poisonx3girlx3 from Cottage Grove, Oregon on March 26, 2012:

Beautiful. I am, without doubt, going to attempt this soon. Thank you!

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on March 25, 2012:

Voted up, useful, and awesome Tammy. This is a great article. It really is a very good idea and very creative. Beautiful examples as well.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 25, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by Learner365. This is a great starter craft and great for girls. It is so much fun. I appreciate your visit.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 25, 2012:

That is so sweet of you ishwaryaa22! I hope to start a business one day. My favorite jewelry to make is still the resin jewelry. It is nice to meet someone else who enjoys it too. Thanks so much for reading and sharing. I appreciate your visit!