Monday, April 14, 2014

ETCETERAS: Marbled Coffee Cup with Nail Polish

Marbled Coffee Cup with Nail Polish via homework | carolynshomework.com

It’s marbling mania friends. Ever since I discovered this marbling technique and made these Easter Eggs (here), I’ve been dying to marble again.




Marbled Coffee Cup with Nail Polish via homework | carolynshomework.comIt’s an addicting craft because it’s so easy. The problem and fun part is, you get what you get. So I wouldn’t try this out on something that is special. Cheap coffee cups and other items from the dollar store are perfect to use for this project.


Marbled Coffee Cup with Nail Polish via homework | carolynshomework.comCheap nail polish works well too. I bought these colors just for marbling.


Marbled Coffee Cup with Nail Polish via homework | carolynshomework.comYou can find my tutorial for marbling here but here’s the basic idea.

Use a throw away container or line a pie pan in tin foil. Add water and drops of nail polish. Carefully use a toothpick to swirl the nail polish that is floating on top of the water. Don’t stir the nail polish, gently move it around. Submerge your item in the paint. Repeat for all sides.


Marbled Coffee Cup with Nail Polish via homework | carolynshomework.comYou can see on this side of the coffee cup where I dipped and then redipped the cup. I think it makes it even more interesting.
Marbled Coffee Cup with Nail Polish via homework | carolynshomework.com
Here are views of all sides of the cup. The more nail polish you use, the heavier the the colors will be on your cup. I prefer the lighter marbled side and will use less nail polish next time.


Marbled Coffee Cup with Nail Polish via homework | carolynshomework.comI’m marble obsessed now.


Marbled Coffee Cup with Nail Polish via homework | carolynshomework.comThe only problem with this cup is I can’t use it drink coffee since I dipped the cup up to the top edge. I should have just dipped the bottom portion. Oh well, it’s a pretty décor piece and I can put flowers in it.


Marbled Coffee Cup with Nail Polish via homework | carolynshomework.comHave any nail polish in your cupboard? Try marbling something. You’ll love the results.
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18 comments:

  1. How on earth do you come up with this stuff?!! Brilliant, as always Carolyn!

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  2. OMG! it looks fabulous Carolyn!!!! I must try this!

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  3. OMG I love this. Can't wait to try it!

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  4. Such a Wonnegefühl idea, thanks for sharing!!

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  5. What a wonderful effect! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  6. These turned out so beautifully!

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  7. Ok I am trying it, not working exactly as I expected. My first drops of nail polish spread but the next layer of drops don't. When I go to spread them, everything sticks to the toothpick. So I just stayed with the drops but they are so thick it looks like those will take forever to dry. It looks ok and the end product will have texture. Did you add anything to the water to condition it? Wondering if my water is to hard? Trial and error. I can always erase it all with nail polish remover and start over. maybe the nail polish is crappy quality? Any ideas?

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    1. Hmmm. Most of my nail polish spread out like in my photo above. When you swirl with the toothpick try to barely touch the surface paint and move it gently. I had a few clumps of thick paint but not very many. I have hard water too so I don't know if that affects the result. I didn't add anything to the water and I used cheap nail polish. You don't need very much nail polish. Try using just a few drops of each color. Other than that, I don't know what to recommend. Any readers out there have any suggestions?

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  8. Add a couple of drops of nail polish remover to the water before you add colors. That will help. Also, work quickly to add nail polish and use the the toothpick. If it dries too much, it sticks like you described above. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you so much for the tip! Readers - take note... if you're having problems with the technique try the tip above.

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  9. Are you able to wash these once they are done?

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    1. Hi Kelly, I've hand washed my mug but I don't think it's dishwasher safe because of the heat.
      Thanks!

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  10. I have been in love with your mug since i saw it! I loved it sooo much that I posted about it today!

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  11. Beautiful!!!! Love this project, and the colors you chose! Happy crafting!

    Kristy @ 3 Peppers Recipes - Cooking, Crafts & Color

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  12. WOW! this is dreamy! I came over from Sand & Sisal...so glad I did! Gorgeous! xo

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