My number one suggested use for your new trinkets is jewelry:
- Twist the stem into a circle and close off at the base of the flower for a cute summertime ring.
- Trim the stem and make a loop, then string onto a chain for a flashy necklace.
- Integrate a loop into your design to make pendants in all sorts of other shapes. Here is my geometric charms:
Now where there is jewelry, there is also hair accessories:
- Hot glue or use wire to twist on a design to a head band. Just be sure not to make it so it snags your hair! OUCH!
- Hot glue the design to a bobby pin or hair clip by the stem (or any non-polish part) for a dash of spring in your hair.
But I cannot leave it at just accessories, heck I don’t even wear that many accessories! So here are some other uses that you might not have thought about:
- Wrap florists or painters green tape around the stems of several flowers and put into a vase for a “bouquet”
- Join 3 or more stems and glue onto a notebook for a 3-d cover design
- Use to decorate gift boxes, cards, etc.
Now, as mentioned in part two, the second method of making flowers gives you more opportunity to tinker and make shapes other than just flowers. It was with this method that I made my butterfly and charms. If you want to use this nail polish method for some other design, here are some tips:
- Having two polished areas bordering on one piece of wire is difficult to manage. Paint the areas as separate pieces instead and then link them together with a smaller gauge of wire.
- You cannot have any moving parts within a polished area because this will cause breakage. Instead, add a section without polish that the moving parts can attach to like this bird’s wings:
- Minimize the number of crossed or wrapped wires inside the polished area. While it is possible to polish the area when there are crossed wires, it tends to be more difficult.
Be sure to share what you create with any of the methods used in this tutorial.
I would love to see what you all come up with!