Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Marbled Nail Polish Projects - What You Should Know Before Starting

This title is not meant to scare anyone. This REALLY IS a simple project, and can be done in less than 5 minutes, which makes it even better considering how cool it looks when it's finished. This project does take a little bit of practice, like anything else new you learn.
I have been dying to try this little trick for awhile, and lucky me I found a few extra tile from a construction project my husband did several months ago! YAY! In all of my excitement, I gathered my materials read an article or two and watched a quick video someone had tagged me in on Facebook several months ago. However, I didn't pay attention or think ahead. So here are some mistakes I want y'all to avoid when trying this at home.

Rule #1: Use WARM water
This was mistake number one for me. I quickly skimmed the directions and forgot to use warm water. My water was; however, room temp, which is probably the only reason why the project turned out OK. I'm assuming that because the nail polish dries quickly on the water, the warm water keeps it thin enough to impress onto the ceramic without being tacky. Which brings me to the next point....

Rule #2: DO NOT USE quick dry nail polish
I have children, so I believe in quick dry nail polish. I don't have time to wait on nail polish to dry :). However for this project, it doesn't work so well.The quick dry nail polish dried on the room temperature water so fast, that my finished product was bubbly, thick and tacky which does not make for a pleasant appearance as you can see in the photos above. 

Rule #3: Pour the bottle close to the top of the water
If you pour the nail polish too far away from the top of the water, the nail polish will sink to the bottom and not spread easily across the surface of the water like it is supposed to. 

Unless you want to be scrubbing your fingers with acetone all night, I suggest investing in some disposable gloves. While I don't mind getting my fingers a little dirty, I wouldn't want to mess up a nice gel manicure because I forgot to do something so important. 

Rule #5: Work QUICKLY
While the warm water as mentioned above will keep the finger nail polish from drying quickly, it still dries fast. Having all of your materials laid out neatly can help you work faster and avoid disaster. 

I made another batch of tiles. I want to pass these out to the girls at work as coasters for the desks in our offices. I'll post those sometime tomorrow after they dry.

I'm sure there are more tips and advice for creating these one of a kind little projects. If you know of any please comment below. 

Much Love,
Geeks and Glitter


  1. Thanks for the tips! :) I love your blog all the colors match perfectly!!

    1. Oh, you are so welcome. Thank you so much for commenting. LOL! This project was such a big learning experience, I couldn't help but share tips on what not to do. Thank you so much for reading and I'm so glad I could help.