Charming Locket

Charming Locket

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, July 2007


  • Appliques

  • Nail glue, optional

  • Locket

  • Sandpaper

  • Paper towel

  • Colored nail polish

  • Tweezers

  • Toothpick, optional

  • Nail-polish remover, optional

  • Cotton swab, optional


  1. Lay out your appliques in the design you want to create, since you do not want to move the items on the polish once you put them down. If you want to add appliques on top of others (such as a rhinestone in the center of a flower), use nail glue to stick them on before you start.

  2. Take a locket and sand the center of the outside. This will allow the nail polish to "grip" to something. Wipe away dust with a paper towel.

  3. Pour colored nail polish onto center of locket and fill area. Use the nail polish brush to pull the polish to cover all points on the face of the outside of the locket. The paint should come all the way to the lip.

  4. While polish is still wet, use tweezers to place desired appliques on locket. Sometimes nail polish gets drawn to appliques, so you can add additional polish to shallow areas with a nail brush or toothpick. Let dry overnight. If nail polish drips on your appliques, wait until it dries and clean it up using nail polish remover and a cotton swab.


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