DIY Faux Enamel Necklace

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.


  1. Lia says:

    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!

  2. Charlie says:

    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 :)

    • alicia says:

      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 :)

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