DIY Nail Polish Jewelry Kit Instructions

Quick Start / TL;DR

  1. Place cabochons dome side down on blue tacky putty.
  2. Paint cabochons (wait a few minutes between different layers)
  3. Let the layers dry at least 24 hours.
  4. Use included adhesive to glue the cabochon to the appropriately size base.
  5. Let sit undisturbed for 24 – 48 hours to ensure proper bond.

Additional tips:

  1. You may want to put the tacky putty on a piece of flat cardboard so you can move your project out of the way when curing/drying AND to protect your work surface from spills.
  2. Remember the first layer you paint is going to be the “top” layer. So if you want to layer toppers over a base color, you will paint in a reverse order than what order you would paint your nails. Ex. Put down a flakie topper or holo topper first and then paint the base color.
  3. Since some polishes are not fully opaque, choose an opaque color or black or white as the last polish layer so that you get the full color depth and effect from your work. It’s well worth the effort in the end, your colors will “pop” more.
  4. You can stamp or reverse stamp your cabochons before painting them.
  5. You can basically do any nail art on your cabochons that you would normally do on your nails. It just needs to be done in reverse steps.
  6. You can dunk in a watermarble. Use some super sticky tape to attach to the domed part of the cabochon. You can clean up any additional polish from the cabochon with the edge of a scissors once it’s fully dried.
  7. Allowing your work to fully dry and the adhesive to fully cure is important. I know how excited you will be to fast forward the process. It’s definitely not worth being bummed out though. Full cures/drying times make sure your painting isn’t smudged or other unsightly issues making you start over. (I’ve even experienced weird air bubbles that are not pretty because I was too impatient.)
  8. There is no need to use base coats and top coats meant for manicures. Save these for your nails. Regular polish and polish effect toppers will be adhere fine to the glass.
  9. Using glass is great for beginners or experimenting. You can clean up your glass using acetone if you don’t like your design.
  10. Luxe Kit tip: Utilize the textured cabochons to their maximum potential by painting with a very shifty topper or polish. The facets or textures will allow the light to bend in a way so that it's as if you are viewing the polish/shift at more than one angle.
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Question about the heart earring cabs and settings from the PPU DIY kit?

First off, we have discontinued this earring setting/style. They will not be in subsequent kits or refills.

Second, the heart earrings in the DIY kit do not fit together like tradtional settings and cabs, that's how the manufacturer produces them. I received both the cabs and the settings from the same supplier. I had even tried looking around for cabs to fit exactly into the setting and vice versa and they do not exist.

This is the tip (below) the supplier shared with me. Photos are in linked here if you need a visual aid.
Prop the setting up between two items so the back can hang down (whether they are posts or leverback style setting), thus making the top of the setting level. Then use a little extra adhesive to float the cab on top. Once they dry it looks just fine. I use a toothpick to move it around ever so slightly so they sit more centered when adhesive is fresh.


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