Friday, November 25, 2011

Candy Cane Marbled Monogram Ornaments


I recently saw a marbleized nail technique on Pinterest and was so inspired to try it.  After several attempts I finally got the nail technique down and decided to do something more unique with it. Taking the glass ornaments that I purchased from Michaels, I created a water marble ornament.  You can check out my video tutorials on  how to  marbleize an ornament and how to water marble nails.




I used Orly French White and OPI All Lacquered Up for these images.  These nail polish brands seem to work the best for this technique.  Drip the nail polish into the filtered water and use a toothpick to create your own pattern.


I also created a monogrammed marbleized image by cutting out the letter A from a sticker (you could user painters tape, I just had this sticker on hand) with an Exacto knife.  I used the negative part of the sticker (negative part meaning outline) and stuck it onto the ornament.  Painted one coat of clear nail polish then another coat of white nail polish.  Then I dipped the ornament into the water with the marbleized nail polish. Removed the sticker and used nail polish remover to clean up the edges.
Using a sticker or painters tape cut out a letter or design.  Stick onto ornament and paint one coat of clear.  The clear coat will help from the colors seeping though the edges of the tape. Then paint base color, I used white.   Then dip the ornament into the nail polish marbleized water.  Remove the sticker and clean up edges with nail polish remover.


Check out my latest post on making a heart shaped marble pattern: http://www.thecheesethief.com/2012/11/how-to-water-marble-nails-and-christmas.html

Ornament Video Tutorial
Water Marble Nail Video Tutorial


39 comments:

  1. That is so cute and clever!! I love it. Thanks for sharing your cuteness!

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  2. Oh wow!! That looks like a neat thing to try!! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. The ornaments turned out really well. I tried this technique on my nails before and it just did not work when i tried to make the designs in the polish, it would just get clumped onto the toothpick.

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  4. Hi Xuan,

    I totally agree with you on how hard it is to make designs with the nail polish. If you wanted to try again here are some tips that I learned after attempting over 20 times.

    1. Use a small cup. The smaller the better, try a shot glass. (For nail tutorial, ornament will not fit into shot glass).
    2. Use filtered or bottled water.
    3. Use only two colors and work fast. Try using nail polish that is thicker.
    4. If you are only doing it on nails you can create a small pattern with the internal drops (those probably haven't dried yet).

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  5. I am totally loving the tutorial and doing this ASAP!! Just tweeted it over @twentysomethng
    www.twentysomethingtransue.blogspot.com

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  6. This is so truly amazing I can't even believe it.

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  7. This is totally brilliant!! I want to run out and grab some ornaments this second!!
    Found this post thru someone adding it to pinterest, but am off to read what other amazing ideas you've had :)

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  8. Love this ornament collection! I can't wait to give this a try!

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  9. Thanks for the tutorial! It was really hard, but I think it turned out okay! I couldn't get an actual pattern, but I did get cool looking swirly nails! I think I just need practice. :)

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  10. VERY CLEVER GOTTA TRY THIS. THANKS FOR SHARING.

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  11. This looks so great!! I love that you kept trying it til you cracked it, I would have thrown a tantrum and given up =) It looks so lovely on the baubles. You clever thing!

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  12. hey! my roommate found this on pinterest and we tried it out tonight-so fun! i linked up your blog on my site giving you some credit! check it out at cestlamylife.blogspot.com

    thanks for the great idea!
    -erin

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  13. really pretty. I've seen the marbleized nails and marbleized ornaments but marbleizing with nail polish- genius. Easy to get favorite colors.

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  14. I've done something similar with Testor's model paint and blown out eggs for easter. Thread a pipecleaner through the holes used to blow out the egg and dip all the way through the paint to cover all sides. You need a large mixing bowl for the dipping and a styrofoam cup or something similar to let your eggs dry in.

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  15. That is so cool! I'm definitely going to try it out!

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  16. This looks really cool! And maybe with glitter nail polish???hmmmm... I'll all about glitter during the holidays! And it could be fun to do with my son... Thanks!

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  17. I just tried the nail art design. I did mine a little different with the design. I moved the toothpick in the opposite direction than you did and dipped my nail in a different way. I still got a funky pattern tho! It's different but cool. Found it to be such a mess of a job tho. Nail polish was on everything :P

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  18. Beautiful! I just tried making one- just wondering- do you let it air dry? I tried blotting it (made a bit of a mess) and any water droplets left on it left empty spots. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  19. I frequent love your blog!! You have such brilliant crafts!

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  20. I did it! We tried it out today and had a fun with it. That is until I dropped them and my son got really upset with me... But I'm wondering about the water drops. Your's don't seem to have them, but I can't figure out how to avoid them! I didn't use bottled water (I have a strong hatred for bottled water) and I don't have a water filter. I wonder if that is the problem, though??? I did link back to you from my post!!

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  21. Hi feelincrafty,

    I did have a couple of water spots but very few. I did a couple more today to experiment with how to get rid of them. I tried with a powerful blow drier and it seemed to help a little.

    I tried googling a solution for this and here are the tips from this link:

    http://www.lacquerish.com/2011/07/nail-art-water-marble-secrets-revealed.html

    which says to dip slowly and when dropping in the nail polish drop it too high.

    This link:
    http://mysimplelittlepleasures.blogspot.com/2011/10/notd-green-water-marble-for-depression.html

    says " make sure there are none in the polish before you dip you nail (you can pop those), dip in & out slowly, and make sure to get rid of any water drops on your nail - if they won't drip or shake off, you can use the corner of a paper towel to absorb them"

    I didn't notice how fast or slow I dipped my ornament in. I also think it may depend on how dry the nail polish is when drawing the pattern, it could be that the water is getting pulled above the nail polish when pulled to make the pattern.

    Sorry about your broken ornaments. I too have broken quite a few ornaments this season on various crafts projects also, it's always a bummer, especially the clean up.

    I hope these tips help!

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  22. Now that is the most beautiful version I have ever laid my eyes on of the glass ball and paint!!

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  23. WOW!!! I love it! Looks like I'll be trying this out soon! Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  24. I am in love with everything peppermint this Christmas!
    I featured these decorations on my blog.

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  25. I found that the Wet & Wild nail polish did great it didn't harden on top of the water as quickly allowing me to do 3 colors instead of 2.

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  26. These are so cute, than you for all the trial and error you did to get it perfect. I appreciate it.:) I do have a question- have you noticed any chipping or flaking on the ornaments? I mean, my nails are always chipping so I was worried it might happen on the ornaments too.
    Thanks!

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  27. Hi Angela K,

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    I did not notice chipping on the ornaments. They probably will have little to no chipping because they do not get handled as often.

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  28. This are great!! I will be making these for sure! Have you tried or do you think it would work with glitter nail polish?
    Thanks!!!

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  29. It works with glitter polish it is just very rough to the touch.

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    1. Ahhh that's good to know. Thank you :)

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  30. It looks so amazing! I can't wait to do this with my daughter. Thank you!

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  33. Just wanted to let you know I featured this project in my roundup of glass ornament crafts here too. : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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  36. Howdy, I am just finally trying this after recently running across your youtube video. I am having a really hard time with the water drops looking horrible once it dries. Do you have any tips on how to avoid this? Great results but the water drops are ruining it in the drying process. Thanks, Carolyn

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