November 28, 2011
DIY quick tip: Crafty things to do with clear nail polish
This list began with an epiphany about what to do with a certain bra of mine. It's what I like to call a "front-loader," i.e., the kind that clasps in the front. The problem was that the finish on the inside of the metal clasp began to wear away, and would leave an icky green spot in between the girls. Gross, I know. (You should know that the two biggest acronyms in my life are TIMI and TMI.)
The solution was to coat the inside of the clasp (while undone, so it didn't stick together) with clear nail polish. Let it dry, and voila! No more icky marks. This got me to thinking about other ways I can use clear nail polish in my crafting. Here are the do-it-yourself ideas:
1. Put a drop or two on the edge of trim or fabric to keep it from unraveling or fraying. (Or on a run in your tights!)
2. I love polymer clay jewelry. A coat of nail polish on a clay creation could give it a pretty shine, or mix a few drops of polish with your choice of glitter.
3. On that note, nail polish is a simple sealant or varnish for small projects, and in a pinch can act as glue.
4. Coat cheaper, plated metal jewelry to keep it from losing its color or rubbing off on you. (Like that bra clasp.)
5. Coat thread or string with a light layer of polish, then roll between your finger tips. The string/thread should dry quickly, and be easier to thread through a needle or bead.
6. A dab on the threads of a button helps keep it secure.
Do you have any crafty tricks with clear nail polish?