DIY Faux Enamel Necklace

by Alicia on May 24, 2011

So, this one falls squarely into the obvious category, but it’s so fun, simple and cute that I wanted to share it. Lately I’ve been admiring enamel jewelry, but since I don’t own a kiln (yet!) I can’t DIY the real thing. So I decided to fake it using nail polish – even the least crafty lady probably has a drawer full of it.

I used Essie Absolutely Shore (love!) and Sally Hansen Commander in Chic . The round pieces are metal stamping blanks- you can buy them at most craft stores or online.

It’s self explanatory, right? A few notes: try to avoid air bubbles and pop any that develop in the surface with a pin right away. Also, leave the piece to dry for a full 24 hours before attaching it to the chain to ensure the the paint is completely dry or you might end up with with fingerprints visible on the surface. On the bright side, if this happens you can grab some nail polish remover and start over!

Use a jump ring to attach the (nail) enameled pieces to a chain.

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Lia May 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Holy cow, I am in LOVE with this!! Endless possibilities! I too love enamel jewelry, and this is so easy and so perfect; great job Alicia!
xoxo
Lia

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Jess May 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Whoa! Super easy, I love it!

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Maitreya June 8, 2011 at 1:00 am

This right here is genius.

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Alicia June 8, 2011 at 9:42 am

Thanks :)

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Connie King October 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Do you need to top coat with a protective seal? How does the polish hold up with wear?

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Alicia October 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Mine has held up great, it’s really pretty amazing! I suppose a clear polish topcoat would provide even more protection if you plan on wearing it daily.

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Lisa July 8, 2011 at 11:34 am

Awesome idea.
So simple but great effect x

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Alicia July 9, 2011 at 2:17 am

Thanks Lisa! It is super easy.

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SoKnitpicky September 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Thank you for this awesome idea! It worked out great!

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alicia September 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm

AMAZING!!! I love your version 892039 times better than mine!

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MissKoolAid October 5, 2011 at 8:54 am

Found you earlier this week and I made my own version: http://misskoolaid.com/2011/10/05/faux-enamel-pendant-pendentif-en-simili-email/
Thanks for the inspiration!
Sophie

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Alicia October 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Thanks for sharing – love how you added gemstones!

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destrudowoman October 5, 2011 at 10:52 am

Simply Fabulous…and fabulously simple. Thank you for the inspiration!

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Alicia October 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

So welcome!

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Eda February 25, 2012 at 10:10 am

I use the OMG series from China Glaze-they have a holographic finish to them. Really bring out etched & embossed tag designs.

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Alicia February 27, 2012 at 11:58 am

Cool, I’ll have to try that. Thanks!

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Charlie March 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Have you considered just torch firing enamel? No kiln require. I have a kiln and I still torch fire enamel because you have more control. Something to consider :)

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Alicia March 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm

No, I hadn’t thought of that. What a good idea- I’m going to look into it now! thanks :)

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Freckles August 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm

This is such a neat idea. Do you know how long it lasts, or if chips off?

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alicia August 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Mine are still just fine, amazingly! I suppose it may depend on how often you wear it but I’ve been impressed at how durable it is.
Thanks for your comment :)
Alicia

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