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How to Marbleize Glass with Nail Polish
old plastic tray/container with 1-inch of water at room temp
nail polish - I used red, pink, gold & sparkle pink, sparkle red, pearl
skewer or sticks
glass heart ornaments (or other glass, metal, papier mache objects)-- heart ornaments are from Michaels
paper towels (not shown)
clear acrylic sealer (optional)
clean-up: acetone or nail polish remover and cotton balls (not shown)
drying station: parchment paper or sticks/old chopsticks in styrofoam (not shown)
Nail Polish Marbling - Six Variations
1. pearl + hot pink | 2. gold + hot pink | 3. gold + sparkle red
4. sparkle pink + pearl pink | 5. red + pearl pink | 6. pearl pink + hot pink
Fill your container with an inch or two of room temperature water. Make sure to use an old container or one that you don't mind parting with.
A few things to know before you get started with the nail polish:
1. The layer of paint that floats at the top of the water will be what covers and clings to your ornament (or whatever object you choose).
2. You have to move quickly because nail polish firms up pretty quickly in water.
3. Prep your ornament and paints so they are ready to pour and be dipped quickly. Remove the top of the ornament **
4. Set up a drying station before you get started.
5. Work in a well-ventilated space.
Pour in a few drops of nail polish. The first layer will be thin and transparent. The next layer(s) of nail polish will float and you'll need less of it. Quickly move on to the next color and pour in a few more drops. Then add a third color if desired.
Use a skewer or stick to mix the paints together, creating a marbleized look. Again, move quickly before the nail polish gets tacky.
Look at the pattern and choose a spot to dip in your ornament. Do one side, dipping it in flat.
Then turn it over to do the next side.
** In these photos, I didn't remove the top of the ornament. However, I found it easier to dip the ornaments without the top and did so with the rest of the ornaments.
The photo on the right is the ornament after dipping the 2nd side. By then, the paint was starting to get really tacky and didn't adhere as well so I ended up dipping it a few times. It went on a little thicker, but I actually don't mind the look. If you're picky about getting the "perfect" marbleized design, you'll need to work quickly or perhaps change out the paint between sides.
I just stuck chopsticks into a piece of styrofoam. Skewers or dowels will work too. Easy.
Marbleized Heart Ornaments!
Christmas cards to ribbon bats for Halloween...
… So I figured that hearts would work too.