Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tutorial - DIY Nail Polish Magnets

Hey guys!

Before I started making my own polish jewelry, I started off by making magnets! I really only started making these for practice, but I ended up liking them, so on my fridge they remain!

The magnets I made are completely DIY, which means that I started from absolute scratch and actually created the cabochons (as opposed to starting with a blank, pre-made glass cabochon, like I and most others do for nail polish jewelry). So, today I'll be showing you how to make your own polish magnets from scratch! It's actually a simple process and you get to create some really unique pieces to show off in your home!

Keep reading for the instructions!

What you'll need:

- A clear casting epoxy resin kit (I got mine from Michael's and I believe it was about $12)
- A small container (preferably one with measurements on the side, but I didn't have one so I just used a measuring cup and then poured the mix into a cheap shot glass from the dollar store)
- A stirring device (I used an orange wood stick)
- Plastic artist's paint palette (I got mine from the dollar store for less than $1)
- Polishes of your choice
- Some type of strong adhesive (I used Amazing GOOP which I got from Michael's)
- Round magnets (I used all of the ones I bought so they're not pictured here, but I'll show you a picture of an already attached one below)
- A few clothespins

Step 1:
First you'll want to follow the package instructions for mixing your resin solution. I won't go into the details here since different kits might have different instructions.

Step 2:
Once your solution is mixed, pour it into each of the dimples in your plastic paint palette. How much you fill the dimple is going to determine how large your homemade cabochon is, so it's entirely up to you. For this tutorial, I filled the dimple up about half way.

Oh and FYI, even though the solution looks a little cloudy now, the finished cabochons turn out completely clear (this is mentioned in the instructions as well).

Step 3:
Let your resin set for at least 24 hours (or longer, depending on the instructions provided with your kit).

Step 4:
Once your resin is fully set, you should be able to easily pop your cabochon(s) out of the palette. Sometimes when the cabochons come out of the palette they have small imperfections around the edges. To fix this, simply use a nail file to gently file away any rough edges!

Step 5:
Now you can start painting your cabochons! The biggest thing to remember is that you absolutely must paint your cabochons in the opposite order you would paint your nails!

For example, if you want to do a flakie nail polish over black (like the bottom right one on my fridge), you have to paint the flakie polish on the cabochon first, and then paint the black polish on top of that (whereas on your nails, you would normally paint the black polish first, and then add the flakie polish on top). You must also remember to wait for each coat to dry before adding the next because otherwise you'll end up with bubbles on your finished product.

For this sample, I'm going to recreate the accent nail from this manicure using Zoya Robyn and Lush Lacquer Salt n' Peppa. So, I'll be starting with Lush Lacquer Salt n' Peppa on my cabochon and then I'll be adding Zoya Robyn over top.

Optional: If you're interested in doing nail art on your magnets, this can be a little trickier and more complicated, but it can be done if you just plan out the order properly. Luckily, if you mess up, you can remove the polish with polish remover and start over without any harm to your cabochon!

Step 6:
Once you finish painting your cabochon and you're satisfied, let it dry completely.

Step 7:
When the polish is finally dry, you can add the magnet. To do so, place a small amount of glue (a little goes a long way) on the magnet and then stick it to the back of your cabochon.

Step 8:
Now you just have to wait for the glue to dry! To really make sure the glue adheres well, you can use a clothespin to hold the cabochon and the magnet together.

Step 9:
Show off your creations!

I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial! If you decided to make your own polish magnets, be sure to share some photos with me!


  1. That's an awesome idea and really great tutorial, Thanks!

  2. Great idea! These look so cool!

  3. Such a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. This is so cool! Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. You can also glue pins on the back to make them into thumbtacks!

  6. so cool .... never thought of that. Excellent idea.

  7. What a great idea!! :) I have to go to michael's now and try this! :)

  8. I'm going to have to look for that kit! I started making magnets as practice but I got the cheap decorative cabochons from Michael's and they aren't perfectly clear and actually have a slight yellow tint to them if you hold them over something white. This is a great idea.

  9. What a great idea, you could make the cabochons ahead of time and keep them on hand, than you could paint it the same as your nails as a reminder and show case kind a thing. That way you would be able to see what you have done in the pass and show them off all the time not just for the few days that you have it on your nails!! Love it!!

  10. Super cool tutorial, thank you!!

  11. I agree super cool!! Can't wait to try this!! :D

  12. They look great! How long do you have to let them dry between coats? Thinking of doing for my craft night, but if they have to dry too long, it might not work. Thank you!

  13. This is fantastic! I'm wondering if you know whether I can make a custom mold out of cooked fimo or sculpey, or if the epoxy would eat through this?


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