Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Pimp Your Glassware!

 I have these boring looking glasses in the house that I've been tempted to throw them away few times; we just have too many glasses and running out of storage in the kitchen... until I saw some pretty marbled glasses tutorials on youtube.
 It's pretty simple once you get the hang of it and follow the instructions strictly: you will also only need stuff that you probably already have around the house and it's a great way to finish those dried up, half empty polish bottles that you can't bear to chuck in the bin.

You'll need:
- boring looking glasses (any glass really, I also saw this technique being used to decorate Christmas bubbles)
- nail polish bottles (including a clear top coat)
- nail polish remover
- plastic cup
- toothpicks (actually, these were incredibly hard to find! I went to 2 Tescos and they were out of stock in both... I resorted to use some braun ones from my electric toothbrush, but please use ordinary wooden cocktail sticks yourself)
- masking tape
Step one: tape off the bottom of your glasses;
Step two: fill the plastic cup with room temperature water;
Step three: the fun starts! Make sure you open all the nail polish bottles that you're going to use and start dripping the varnish into the water. You need to layer the colour one on top of the other;
Step four: take a toothpick and start moving the polish around, making patterns; you need to work quickly because the polish will start to dry.
step five: The most delicate step, where you need to practice and master the technique in order to get good results - It's time to transfer your design into the glass!
Now you need to place your glass on top of the water and, to avoid air bubbles to form, start from one corner and then flatten the whole glass on the water. You need to find the right balance here: you don't want to go too fast and break the polish but either too slow.
Let the varnishes collect on the glass, then give a little shake and remove the glass from the water carefully.
You should be left with something like that - I used glitter polish here too... the sparkle looks really nice in the sunlight.
step six: patience! You need to leave the paint to dry completely and, to be on the safe side, I recommend overnight.
step seven: add a layer of clear top coat to seal the pattern and again, let it dry!
step eight: remove the masking tape and use some nail polish remover on a cottonbud to clean up possible smudges. 
TADA! You're glasses are done :)
Tips:
=> you can reuse the same plastic glass, but just make sure to remove any polish residue from the water before starting dripping the new colours;
=> make sure the water is at room temperature, otherwise the varnish will sink at the bottom of the cup;
=> not all polishes and brands are going to work well; I can recommend NOT to use fast drying formulas, for example;
=> don't have your nails done the day before because you'll be left with a messy manicure, that's for sure! ;)
=> handwash only.

Have you tried this project before? I thought it was a lot of fun and I will definitely try it again - Show me your masterpieces on Facebook, if you decide to give it a go. :)
xxx

41 comments:

  1. omg. That is an incredible idea!!! hahah I love DIYs and this one sounds do-able.... not that hard to imagine and so creative!! thank you for this!
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    1. it's really easy once you practice a bit :)

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  2. What a blooming fab idea xx

    http://beautyqueenuk.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Oh my, this looks awesome :D I haven't tried this before, it never crossed my mind haha :))

    www.goldandsilversparkles.com

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    1. hehe, simple and cheap too :))

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  4. This is a really lovely tutorial and I love the finished result. xxx

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    1. me too, I'm please how they came out xxx

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  5. Ooh this is a really good idea! They look fab x

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  6. Great Idea! Looks amazing :)

    kisses

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    1. it's very simple but effective :)

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  7. This is a great post!the glasses look gorgeous.You should do a giveaway and bubble wrap a few for your followers!


    The Lightness Of Beauty

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    1. oh yeah, what a great idea... I actually have a giveway coming up :)

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  8. Well this is rather funky! They look awesome and would be great for gifts too. x

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    1. I agree, people like handmade stuff, they are more personal. x

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  9. greatidea, loveeeee this, must try this at home :) thanks hun was sharing with us...

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    1. no problem, let me know if you try it! :)

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  10. OMG you are so clever !!

    That's such a creative idea :D

    I will try this for sure girl thanks for sharing this amazing tip :)


    I have 2 new posts and would love to know your opinion :)

    Have a great day :D

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    1. glad you like it and thanks for reading! xxx

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  11. Very Nice! I might try it soon!
    Thanks for the idea!

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    Dear Helly

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    1. sure thing! let me know how you get on xx

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  12. great idea! they are no longer boring ;D I'll try ths technique..

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    1. hehe I have more glasses to pimp ;P

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    1. Thanks Sandra, glad you like them! x

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  14. This is amazing, I am definitely going to be trying it out!

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  15. this is so beautiful! great idea!

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  16. That is so cool! I have to try this - have loads of nail polishes that I just don't use anymore. Thanks :) x

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    1. hehe, me too but still can't bear to throw them away :P x

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  17. I might just try this very soon
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    1. great! let me kow how you like it.

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  18. This is awesome, please may I feature this on my blog?

    www.slightlyskintblog.com

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    1. thanks hun - I think they pretty cool :) x

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  20. I've only just come across this post, these are awesome! What a fab idea! xx

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