DIY Jewelry Making: Glitter Stones

Saturday, January 5, 2013

I bought this earring and necklace set a couple years ago for $20. I don't usually pay that for cheap jewelry, since I can get it at Forever 21 for much cheaper. But, it was a cute little boutique and I loved the light purple stones. After a year however, the stones began to turn yellow. Truth is, they're not real stones, they're some kind of plastic, but I didn't like the loss of clarity that happened. I've been thinking a lot lately on how to revamp this set.

I also have been spying a lot of textured stone jewelry lately, and I thought I could recreate the same effect with glitter.... Here's my creation:
This is the set before the face lift. See how ugly the stones are.
What was once a light pink/purple color has now turned to a foggy yellowish gray.
What You'll Need:
Clear Nail Polish
Glitter
Mod Podge
Paint Brush

I started with clear nail polish. I covered the top of the stone with a thin coat.
I then took some iridescent glitter I had and sprinkled it on top of the wet coat of polish. I used  large glitter for a rough textured effect. You could use any glitter though essentially.
Then dust off the excess glitter and allow to dry completely.
After the polish is dry and the glitter is set in place, I used a small paint brush and applied a layer of Mod Podge over the top.
If you're not familiar with Mod Podge, it goes on opaque and dries clear. Cover each stone completely and allow to dry for 24 hours.





After the Mod Podge dries, you will be left with a beautiful new textured surface. I love the use of the iridescent glitter because it changes color in every light. And although it doesn't look like a natural stone, it doesn't look like a piece of plastic either. It reminds me of a pink moonstone in a way.


Here are the earrings up close. The effect looks a little like fish scales to me.




What do you think? Would you try this effect?

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