Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DIY Marble Dipped Glasses

I've been dying to experiment with nail polish marbleizing for a while now. I've seen tons of of marbled DIY projects all over Pinterest (i.e. this amazing tray and these pretty votives) and the process seemed so simple that I just had to give it a try. Plus, we all have those old nail polish colors that we never wear any more, so it's the perfect opportunity to put those to good use.

Here's all you need! 
- A couple bottles of nail polish (we used 4 different shades of blue)
- A container of room temperature water
- A toothpick
- Glass containers of your choice (we used some glass Dairy bottles we had lying around but you could also use a vase, votives, wine glasses, drinking glasses, etc.)
And here's how to make them: 
I found this tutorial from Poppytalk (pictured above) the most helpful! To start, fill your bowl or container with room temperature water. The temperature of the water is super important for this because if it's too hot or too cold, the nail polish will sink instead of float. One you have your bowl of water, take your nail polish and start adding drops to the water, keeping your hand as close to the surface as possible so that the drops don't fall too hard and sink to the bottom. This step works best when done quickly, so josh and I held two bottles of nail polish each, pouring about 4-5 drops from each bottle.

You'll notice the drops immediately start to spread on their own. Once your are done pouring, you'll want to take your tooth pick and drag it across the surface of the water to create your desired marbled pattern. And then your bucket of water will start looking something like this.
After the nail polish is in the water for a minute or so, you'll notice it beginning to form a thin film-like layer on the surface of the water. That's when you'll want to dip your first glass. To do this, dip the glass into the water on one side of the bucket and then rotate it to the other, picking up the layer of nail polish along the way. It can be tricky to get the timing just right, but after doing it a couple of times we got the hang of it and it was smooth sailing from there.
You'll notice that in the photo above our marble patterns get better from right to left as we had more practice. So if you are doing this for the first time, make sure you have plenty of glasses to experiment on! It definitely took a couple of tries before we started getting results that we liked. It's also helpful to have a bottle of nail polish remover handy to touch up any imperfections.

Happy marbling!

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