Nail Polish Marbled Glass Tutorial
I did a post a few months ago on how to marble coffee cups using nail polish. Lots of other readers wanted to know what else can be marbled. I decided to show you how to upgrade your old jars into marbled candle holders. You can also use inexpensive glass candle holders or wine glasses.
I had so much fun with this tutorial and I think you can use the same process to marble Easter eggs. I would blow the liquid out of the eggs by poking a hole in either end of a raw egg. Clean and dry the eggs well before marbling. Use a tooth pick in either end opening to submerge the egg into the water. If you test the idea out let me know how it works out.
Clean your glass well and use rubbing alcohol to clean any oils or residue from the glass. The polish will not stick well if the glass is not squeaky clean. Drip the polish on to the surface of the water. Work quickly to layer the colors. The polish begins to dry as it spreads across the water and if you do not work quickly enough you will be unable to make a design.
Use your toothpick to carefully make your design in the polish by dragging the tip of the toothpick through the polish.
Dip the glass in to the water slowly and at an angle. Submerge the glass in the water or roll the glass across the top of the water to get the design you want. If you are worried about your manicure wear disposable gloves. If you make a mistake use polish remover to clean the glass and try again. It can take a few tries to get exactly what you want.
Carefully lift the glass from the water and gently shake off the excess water. If the water drops are large they will leave spots in the final design. Do not touch the polish or you will smear the design.
Set the non polished side on a paper towel or newspaper to dry over night. I made the mistake of patting the marbling with a paper towel before it was completely dry and I had to start over.
Clear away the left over polish with your tooth pick to keep the surface clean for the next item. You can also use a small piece of card board and comb it over the surface of the water. The key is to remove any residual polish from the surface of the water that may mess up the next application of polish.
I marbled a candle holder and is it now my favorite Spring decorative item. I also marbled a wine glass to give as a gift. Both glass pieces cost $1 and adding the marbling made them look much more expensive.
Things to remember:
- Always clean the glass with rubbing alcohol before dipping.
- Wash the glass by hand unless you use actual glass paint that is dishwasher safe. Nail polish will chip and should not me microwaved.
- I recommend using an electronic or battery operated candle. I used both battery operated and open flame candles to test out the polish resistance. They both worked but I would rather be safe than sorry in the long run.
- Dry any glass overnight to prevent smudges or transfer of polish to other surfaces.
- Always be careful and use our best judgement when crafting.
For a step by step video tutorial watch the YouTube video below:
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