Monday, 22 October 2012

How to Make Your Own Gold Top Coat With Real 24KT Gold for Less Than $10

Since gold top coats are becoming very popular but they are very expensive,  I wanted to show you how you can make your own. First things first, open an internet browser and go to Ebay (haha!) I got the gold for this from Thailand and it's really great, and has held up the at least 5+ months since I made it. Here's a link to something similar. So you eagerly wait for that to arrive at your house (that amount of gold will make a 10ml bottle thats full of flakes) and then you will look at all these lousy pictures Shenailigans took 5+ months ago! Also you can tell your friends who spent too much on the 18KT topcoat that yours is actually 24KT so you win. Haha take that friends!
 Okay so you will need:
  1.  The gold sheets.
  2.  A 5ml polish bottle filled with a half and half mixure of suspension base/ regular nail polish base (clear nail polish would work in a pinch though. Not top coat.)
  3. That's all!
 Open your prepared bottle of polish, and dry the brush on the sides. Dab the brush on the gold sheet, and stick the brush with gold on it back in the bottle. Never touch the gold leaf sheets with your skin while you are doing this because it will stay there. I like to give the brush a bit of a twirl to get the sheet to stick to the brush more before I put it in the bottle.
The first sheet goes in the bottle.

 You will repeat the process above until each sheet is in the bottle. Move the brush up and down in the bottle quickly after each sheet, so they break apart.

Last sheet!
 When the sheets get caught on the inside of the bottle entrance, just use the brush to push them down.
 Here is the finished product! Pretty cool, huh? Project total: around $7-8.50 depending on what supplies you have already.

 One coat over Pretty&Polished's Black Swan. What do you think? Let me know in the comments, and happy nail polish crafting!

Happy nails!☺

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  1. WOW, what a great idea! And looks really lovely! What a great craft idea and thank you for sharing! This would so make a great gift for friends :D

  2. Love this idea! How many sheets did you use for a bottle? Thinking about making this with my mother and sister, so trying to get an idea of how many sheets we would need to buy.

    1. Thanks! I used 10 of those mini sheets for this 5ml bottle. You might be able to find gold leaf where you live, but I live in a really small town so I ordered online. For the link I posted on ebay, those sheets of gold are much bigger(covers the whole paper instead of mine which were just a little square in the middle)so that would probably do around 10-15ml.

  3. What a fabulous idea. I am so glad to have found your blog and FB page. :-) Mahalo!!

  4. Wow this is definitely genius and very informative.

  5. Thanks for all the comments ladies! I'm lucky to have all of you as readers!

  6. Love this! How many sheets did you use?


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