Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Twinkle Pendants

I have a confession to make. Since I was a wee girl I have had a fascination with all things shiny. The high gloss paint job on a swanky new bicycle, the iridescent glass ornaments that dangled precariously from the limbs of our Christmas tree, the pristine coral polish on my mom's perfectly manicured fingernails, all of these things enchanted me. I would stare at them wide-eyed without blinking as if they would instantly lose their shine should I close my eyes for even a second.

Forty some odd years later (don't bother doing the math) and not much has changed. I am still that wide-eyed little girl instantly distracted by anything shiny, glittery, sparkly, twinkly, etc. And based upon my review of the most popular Craft Fantastic blog posts of 2015, you are, too. The nail polish techniques and the glitter tutorials proved to capture your attention, so I thought, why not combine the two to create Twinkle Pendants

Let's get started.        

What You'll Need

Craft Fantastic Assorted Glass Cabochons - whatever size, whatever shape your heart desires.

Craft Fantastic Assorted Trays - to match your glass pieces.

Clear Nail Polish - nothing fancy.

Assorted Colored Nail Polish - whatever is handy. No need to buy new polish.

Ultra Fine Glitter - I have had this jar of glitter for at least 15 years. Check your craft stash and use what you have readily available. I like this Fossil color as it's fairly neutral yet still super sparkly. 

No need for a lot of supplies. That means I can quickly gather my tools and get started without much preparation. My kind of project!

I start with a quick coat of clear nail polish on the back of the glass cabs and then gently sprinkle the glitter on top. Sit these aside to dry.

Next I follow with a coat of nail polish. Most of the polish I used required a minimum of 3 coats to get a nice opaque finish. If the polish was too sheer after 3 coats, I topped it with a coat of white or black polish. If I leave the glass too sheer, the jeweler's dot will be visible behind the glass when I affix it to the tray. Not a good look. 

After my glass cabs have thoroughly dried, I'm left with glittery, twinkly brightly colored glass pieces ready to be added to Craft Fantastic Trays using a Fantastic Jeweler's Dot.

Well, it doesn't get much easier than that! I hope you'll try making your own Twinkle Pendants. If you do, be sure to share pictures on the Craft Fantastic Facebook Page! We love to see what our Crafty Friends are working on! 

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  1. Oooh! I'm planning to make a space necklace using planets of our solar system, and this will really make my project *shine*! (see what I did there?) :) Thanks for the idea and tutorial!!

  2. I have so much nail polish that I could do this with! Glitter, too...and lots of your pieces to create with!

  3. Great Look and so easy! Thank you. I love your products and ideas.

  4. How could I place an initial to the glass first, then add the clear nail polish, glitter, and then colored nail polish? Would that be possible?

  5. How easy is it to use the dots for smaller cabochons? Can you cut them down to size or do you sell various sizes dots?


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