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Painting Jewelry With Nail Polish: A DIY Experiment

Painting Jewelry With Nail Polish: A DIY Experiment

I am terrified of losing my wedding rings.

I’m an adult, I should be able to keep two rings on a finger. The problem is that I’ve lost weight since moving to Ireland and they’re a bit loose. I’m Italian, my hands move a lot in a day. Even before that, I bought a bunch of cheap rings that I wouldn’t feel bad about losing/ruining if I was at a bar or going swimming or something.

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Enter the subject of this DIY experiment. This particular ring was part of a three pack I got on 10 for $10 at Claire’s. It’s the only one I haven’t lost. Look, I could just buy another cheap ring, but I love this one. It fits well, it’s inconspicuous and doesn’t make me look like I’d be worth robbing. I last wore it for an entire weekend when we went to the lake and I mean, my finger was very green.

Now, when I was a teenager I read somewhere that if you cover your cheap jewelry in clear nail polish at the back it wouldn’t turn green. I mean, I’m going on vacation and I’d love it if this ring could come with me.


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This is probably the cheapest DIY I’ll ever do. All you need is a piece of jewelry to cover, nail polish- I used Catrice Spectra Light in 03 Irregular Galaxies because, well I had it. The most important thing here is a scrap of parchment paper. Nail polish can act as a glue and if you don’t use something with slip power it can be hard to get the ring off.

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Then all you do is paint your ring. I found the easiest way to do this is paint the actual ring bit one side at a time, let that dry, then do the knot bit in the front. Of course I learned this the hard way, so yours will look way better. It’s important not to glop on the polish- it pools and leaves you with bits that dangle.

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After two coats I’m actually really liking how it’s looks. It’s good to know there’s a way to get any piece of jewelry any colour I want.

Here’s the thing. This would be fine to wear out if we were just going to a pub or going out dancing. I want to beat this thing up.

Will this thing survive my vacation?

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I’m back from Malta! It was an awesome vacation. But that’s another post, let’s talk about the ring.

The only time I didn’t wear this was when I went snorkeling. Otherwise it four days straight of sunscreen, hand washing, and lots of sweat. I did wear it for more gentle, wade-y type swimming.

Overall I think it held up really well. A bit of the nail polish scratched off, but it’s easy to touch up. I wonder if a clear spray paint or even clear nail polish layer would have sealed things in a bit better.

So, can you paint jewelry with nail polish?

I think so. I mean, if you were just wearing this for a night out every now and then I think it’d hold up fine. Also, it’s a great way to keep jewelry out of the trash and give it a new life.

I’d definitely do this again!

A Girl's Weekend in Malta

A Girl's Weekend in Malta

Men's Fashion Week Spring Summer 2020 - Stefan Cook

Men's Fashion Week Spring Summer 2020 - Stefan Cook