How to: Make Nail Polish Rings

On April 6, 2012 by Michelle



As promised, here is the step by step tutorial on how to make your own nail polish rings!

Materials needed:

  • your polishes for layering
  • base coat
  • top coat
  • clear cabochons or flat marbles
  • adjustable ring bands / frames
  • blue tack


Step 1: Using a blue tack, secure the cabochon on your table.

Step 2: Apply one layer of base coat on the cabochon.

Step 3: First nail polish to apply is to be the first layer you see when you wear your ring. For eg, for the crackles to be seen on the ring, I apply my crackle polish as my first layer.

Alternatively, you can apply glitter polish as your first layer, like below.

Step 4: Continue with other nail polishes. Allow 2-3 minutes of drying in between layers.

Step 5: Finish your final layer with either a metallic polish, to match the colour of your ring, or a cream polish like what I do.

Step 6: Seal off your “gem” with a nail top coat.


My favourite polishes for nail polish rings are glitters, duochromes and of course, flakies! Below is one of my flakie ring polish, on top of a duochrome.

On my fingers:

A few weeks after taking these photos for the tutorial, I received more materials to make the rings! And here are my production.

Beautiful looking gems. Which one is your favourite?

I like to use creme colours to paint over the layers before adding my top coat.

I like the one with the YSL logo because the “gem” reminds me of YSL Arty Rings!

Okay, so here is a confession. I went a little crazy and made these rings at one shot! Obviously, these are way too many for my 10 fingers and it is not like I am wearing 10 rings per day! I ended up selling these rings and the rings with the antique frames were quite popular.

As of now, I have no more materials for these antique rings, but if you are interested in getting these customized rings from me (no more than SGD9 / USD7), let me know and I will bring in more materials to make more! I am willing to ship to overseas as well!

Pretty, aren’t they?

If you have no idea where to find these ring findings, I am selling them! CLICK HERE.



Thanks for reading ~

23 Responses to “How to: Make Nail Polish Rings”

  • I love the way the rings look, esp the fuchsia coloured base with the flakies! 🙂

  • syaf

    Hi Michelle! 🙂

    I’ve received the ring in my mail. Thank you so much! It’s so gorgeous I can’t stop staring at it 🙂

  • celine

    hey there! may i know where to get the materials to make the rings? been wanting to try to make my own nail polish rings, but no idea where to get the materials from, like the ring band and all!
    do help!


    • Michelle

      You can find silver ring bands at Chinatown, LG Beads Mart #01-43 People’s park centre. As for the flat marbles, you can find them in Spotlight or Art Friend.
      Hope this helps!

  • mards

    hi! can i know where you get the antique ring frame? its so pretty!

    • Michelle

      Hi, I get them from my supplier. Am planning to bring some in to sell to you guys individually instead of bulk 🙂

  • Clair

    Hi there,
    These are awesome! I was just wondering how you attach the gem to the ring?

  • Thanks for the awesome DIY, I posted this to Pinterest and can’t wait to try it out!

    • Michelle

      Thank you for pinning my tutorial onto Pinterest!
      Have fun making those rings!

  • Mel

    Wow, found these via Pinterest, gorgeous and so simple I’m going to do them with the girls at my daughters 10th birthday

  • Today I was checking out some tutorials on the use of a hot glue gun. I purchased one earlier today, due to the fact that I wanted to make a cosmetic organizer to fit all of my items(instead of investing in an expensive train case). I stumbled across your tutorial on making a Nail Polish Ring. I adore your talent and creativity, totally fantastic. Thank you for sharing. I have been in the process of starting a blog of my own called LipGloss 2 EyeCream(a article style informative DIY beauty blog ). I would like to show some link love, you may already have a blog button, email the code to me, that would be great or just permission to share a link to your blog. If you would like that just send me your info. via email: or through the website ( there is a contact me page. Thank you again for the info. KUTGW!!!

  • WOW! Thanks for sharing! You are really nice to share this tutorial with us, you know… despite knowing that you can keep it a secret and sell it actually!!! Manu kisses for you!!!! MUaccckkkkkkS!!!!!

  • thanks so much for sharing this wonderful tutorial. i was wondering, for the ring bases that are flat (don’t have raised edges that the cabochon specifically fits into), have you had any trouble with the polish chipping off the cabochons over time?

    • Michelle

      For my cabochons that are placed over flat ring bases, I don’t see any chipping. I made sure to use a top coat to finish off all the layers of polishes on the cabochon.
      Hope this helps!

  • I Love This! I will be trying this!! =)

  • nessa

    I am in LOVE with painting things with nail polish that are not nails.
    This is an AWESOME project, that I will be trying in the very near future! Thank you thank you thank you for sharing!

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