Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles


Hi everyone! In my last post I mentioned my newest nail polish project, adding glass cabochons to the top of my nail polish bottles. This is super easy, but I wanted to show you in pictures what to expect if you want to take this project on for yourself.

The reason I love this idea so much is when you open your drawer that holds your polish bottles, you can see at a glance which polish you are looking for. If you’re like me, you currently have to pick up multiple bottles looking for the one you want to use. This project will alleviate most of that searching.

Tonic Polish - Cabochons
Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 


As far as supplies go, you just need some glass cabochons, either some glue or glue dots and a paper towel or rag. You may also want to use some silly putty or play doh to hold the cabochon while you paint it, but I just hold it in my fingers (hence the need for a rag).

I bought my glass cabochons from Aliexpress (I am not affiliated). This is the exact item I bought HERE. I got the 14mm size. Shipping was really quick! From the date I ordered until receiving the package was just 17 days (not business days) from China…

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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

You can see they are flat on one side and domed on the other. I paint the flat side…

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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

I chose to use glue dots to attach the cabochons to the lids. When I was first hearing about people doing this project, they were suggesting glue like E6000. I’m glad I didn’t jump right in and waited a little while to research so I could learn about using these glue dots instead. I think the dots are very easy, neat and clean to use. Knowing me I would have made a big mess with regular glue. I bought my glue dots from Amazon but they can also be found on Ebay and in many other stores.

The glue dots packaging says they are temporary, but they seem pretty stable and secure on the polish lids. But if you want to remove them in the future, it will not be difficult to remove like regular glue would have been. This is what they look like…

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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

There are 12 dots on a page and they are perforated for ease of use…

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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

And I use my well worn, trusty polish rag to wipe my fingers since I hold the cabochons while painting…

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So here is everything laid out and ready to start…

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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

I start by painting one coat of each color on the flat side of the cabochon…

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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles
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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles
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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

After painting the first coat I leave them to fully dry…

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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

Once the first coat is fully dry, I paint a second coat on each cabochon…

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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

I wait until after painting that second coat to attach the glue dot to the lid of the bottle. If you do it before you’re finished painting, the plastic backing will make it difficult to open the polish bottle. The glue dots have a paper backing which I fully remove, then center the dot on the lid and press down…

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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles
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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

I leave the plastic backing in place to keep dirt and dust off the glue dot until the second coat fully dries (and it makes centering it on the polish bottle much easier!). Sometimes I get sidetracked and may not come back to attach the cabochon so leaving the plastic on keeps it from drying out and keeps it clean…

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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles
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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles
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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

This is what it looks like while I wait for the second coat(s) to fully dry…

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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

Once the second coat of polish is fully dry on the cabochon, I remove the plastic backing from the glue dot. This backing peels off very easily. If it looks like it wants to lift the glue dot with it, just press down again and maybe rotate the lid to start removal from a different spot..

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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles
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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles
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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles
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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

Then I carefully try to center the cabochon on the polish lid and press down…

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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles
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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles
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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

This is what the finished product will look like…

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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles
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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles
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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

You can see the domed cabochons do stick up a little bit off the bottle. I’m afraid that tall bottles (like Bee’s Knee’s bottles) will not fit in my Helmer drawers with a cabochon on top…

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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles
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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

Here is the final outcome. It’s easy to see what color the polish is just from glancing at the top…

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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles
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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

Another bonus is if your polish bottle has a black lid and you are painting a multi chrome polish, you don’t need to add a coat of black to the cabochon, the lid helps show off all that multi chrome shift…

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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles
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Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

I have almost all my Tonic’s done now. Here’s what it looks like with flash…

Tutorial -- Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles
Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles

 

 


Well, what do you think? Is this a project you’d like to try? Let me know in the comments!

The three Tonics in this tutorial are: Deep Sea-crets, I Pink You Blue Me Off and The Places You’ll Go.

If you are wondering what polish I have on in these photos, it’s still Tonic Polish Flawless. You can see the post on that one HERE.

 


Well, there we have it!
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7 thoughts on “Tutorial: Applying Glass Cabochons to Nail Polish Bottles”

    1. Hi Jade! I haven’t actually tried one on a Bees Knees bottle yet, but “testing” it (without actually attaching it) didn’t seem like it would work. It’s good to know that yours fit! I’ll have to check one out for real and update my post if my assumption was wrong! 🙂

      Thanks for checking it out!

      ♥paula

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      1. So I just tried putting a cabochon on a tall Bee’s Knees bottle. My Helmer drawers may be warped (they’ve been through a few moves and are packed really full!) but it will fit in the center of the drawer, but not along the outside perimeter of the drawer. lol!

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  1. I follow the same steps, except I add a coat of clear gel topcoat to the cab before attaching it to the botttles. That way, if you need to move the cab, the polish doesn’t peel off as easily.

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