Tuesday, July 26, 2011

DIY Colorblock Bracelet

I have been wanting to try this for a while, but hadn't found the right thing to "transform".  Then, a couple of weeks ago, my friend invited me to a jewelry party at her house.  All of the items were very affordable and I knew this piece was just perfect for my little experiment!  I got the inspiration from an I Spy DIY post (here).  Instead of using a necklace, I chose this simple pewter stretch rhinestone bracelet (I'm sure you could find a similar one at Claire's or Forever 21).  The before picture:

All I did was pick 2 nail polish colors to create a colorblocked effect.  You could also use one solid color or try 3-5 shades and make into a pattern.  I decided on OPI (Bullish on OPI & Chocolate Moose) with Sally Hansen White On around the edges.  Though I picked more muted colors, this would also be fun with bright neons.  Here is the finished product:

Close up (with flash)

In my stack (no flash)

How to do it:
*Carefully paint over each individual stone in a single stroke (You can also go around the edges, like I did to give it some added dimension).
*Let the first coat dry completely before adding a second coat.
*Allow the 2nd coat to dry before adding a clear topcoat.  This helps protect it from chipping (just like your nails).  If you don't want the shine, try a matte topcoat instead.
*Make sure to use a creme polish that covers well - sheer & perle colors will not be as effective.



Elizabeth .: Have Your Cake Blog said...

Looks great! One of my necklaces was actually featured in that I Spy DIY post. It was only the second I made and I've been addicted to making them ever since! I actually just opened up an Etsy shop with similar pieces if you're interested- http://www.etsy.com/shop/elizhyc

Come by and my Stiletto Hardware giveaway if you like!

JustPatience said...

Great DIY post. I love the 'new' bracelet. It's nice that you can make the bracelet into any color that not the standard black, silver or gold sold by most shops. I am going to try this with yellow.

Love, Patience

Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said...


melindaaa said...

you used nailpolish?!!! that's genius and turned out amazing!

My Dressy Ways said...

Whoa, so easy! Nail polish! Hmmm, I wonder if I could do this to ANY piece? I have a few pieces that need to be re-done. Thanks for the idea!

Alysson said...

I LOVE this idea!! adding this to my DIY list. Thanks for sharing!

Christina said...

What a great DIY project! I wouldn't have thought to use nail polish, but it is the perfect "paint" for this project. Thanks for the inspiration!

blacksandbrights said...

i saw this DIY over at dream and dress and ive been searching for a necklace to try it with every since - your bracelet is absolutely awesome

Mel said...

This is such a great idea!! And it looks great!