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How to Make Marbled Beads Using Nail Polish

How many of you use nail polish?

I love it - there are so many colors!

But, I don't use it on my fingernails. My nails are usually stained with various inks and paints.

I love it for crafting!

And today I'm going to show you how absolutely fun it is to use it to marbleize beads.

Nail polish marbled beads

This is a super fun mixed media necklace tutorial.


Materials needed:

Other supplies:

supplies to make nail polish marbled bead necklaces

For another jewelry tutorial using ribbon and lace, check out my Lacy Cuff project.


The steps:

1. First step - get a container and fill it with tap water, cold is just fine.

2. Add drops of nail polish into the water

I found that shaking the polish before opening made the polish be able to drip better.

add nail polish to water

3. Add more colors to the water.

I found that 3 is a good number - gives it variety without becoming overwhelming.

use 3 colors of nail polish to marble

A small surface area of dripped polish should be fine. The photo below has enough to marble 2 or more beads.

nail polish in water for marbling

4. Run a wire through your bead and bend it so that it won't fall off.

put bead on a wire for dipping

5. Dip your bead on the wire into the nail polish water.

6. Scoop up the nail polish color with your bead - but try not to scoop too much.

dipping for nail polish marbling

When you take your bead out, the nail polish should have attached itself to the bead in different spots giving it a marbled look.

bead dipped in nail polish

7. Wait about 30 seconds and pat down any polish that may have risen off the bead.

The nail polish will stick to your finger if you don't give it a little time to harden up.

marbled bead with nail polish

8. Place your beads somewhere they can dry.

Sticking the wire into a soft surface worked well. That way you don't have to rest the bead on its side.

bead drying method

9. Decide what kind of trim you want to string your beads on and cut a good size length.

Choices could be ribbon, lace, or sari string.

cutting lace

10. Tie a knot close to the middle of your strand of trim.

tie a knot for a knotted necklace

11. Using a large-eyed needle, string your bead onto the trim.

stringing a bead thru lace

12. String it up close to the knot you made.

knot and bead lace necklace

13. Tie another knot to be placed on the other side of the bead.

This takes some moving of your trim as you guide the knot to where you need it.

knotted bead lace necklace

14. Tie another knot 1-2 inches down from your bead and two first knots.

making knots in lace

15. Repeat by adding a bead and another knot on the other side.

knotted lace and bead necklace

16. Continue to repeat the pattern until you've got the length you want.

I made mine so the beads would only be in front and not all the way around.

knotted lace and marbled bead necklace

17. You can add a closing jewelry piece to the ends of your trim to make the necklace - or you can do like I did and just tie the two ends in a bow.

how to tie a lace necklace

And there you have it! I was super psyched at how this turned out - and how fun it was too!

how to make a lace and bead necklace

Check it out on me!

diy lace and bead necklace

diy necklace

I also made one with a different color scheme:

knotted ribbon necklace diy

Also, please see all my jewelry and accessories tutorials!


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And for more crafts using the nail polish marbling method, check out this post from Design Mom.

diy marbleized beads

How to marble beads

How to marble beads

1 Comment

May 29, 2022

Hello mate great blogg


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