You may be asking yourself, “What’s a necklace doing on Swatch And Learn?”
This custom necklace is an original creation by Tracey from Ginger Kitty Designs (an Etsy store). Here’s the clincher – it’s made with actual nail polish…and the purple Nfu-Oh 51 flakie nail polish to be exact!
This nail lacquer has been on my wish list for a year. But I can’t find it on eBay, and it’s sold out at the one etailer that had it. *Sniff sniff*
Since I probably will never own a bottle of it and wear it as a manicure, at least I can wear it around my neck now!
Have you bought nail polish jewelry from Ginger Kitty Designs? Which colors would you pick for a ring, necklace, or bracelet?
I’d like to share my shopping experience with you and what I think about the finished product. I’ve taken photos of the necklace itself, but also the packaging so you know what to expect.
Nfu Oh 51 Necklace Pictures
Ginger Kitty Designs Packaging
- √ Custom nail-polish jewelry
√ Each piece created is one-of-a-kind
- Name of Etsy Store: Ginger Kitty Designs
- Items Available for Sale: Necklaces, Rings, Bracelets, Earrings & Keychains
- What I Paid: $23.99 USD (I used a coupon code for a discounted price. Retails for $29.99 USD)
- Shipping Cost: $4.75 USD (From the States to Canada)
- Purchase Date: March 15, 2011
- Date Received: April 11, 2011
- Unexpected Fees/Duty/Taxes/CODs Upon Delivery? Nope!
- Where to Buy: GingerKittyDesigns.com (an Etsy store)
Nfu Oh 51 Nail-Polish Necklace Review
It’s approximately 1 inch by 1 inch. You can choose a square setting or a diamond setting. I went with a diamond setting because I don’t own any necklaces like this.
You can also choose just 1 nail polish or you can ask her to use more than one and use a water-marbling technique that’ll add a swirly pattern to your pendant. Since I wanted the true essence of the Nfu-Oh #51 nail polish, I didn’t request mixing it with anything else.
The backing of the pendant is metal and the nail polish itself isn’t exposed. There’s a glass layer on top to protect it. This is water-resistant, but she advises not to wear it while swimming or taking a shower. (Haha, I don’t wear much jewelry, but when I wear a piece, I never expose it to water. That just spells disaster.)
Polishes to Choose From
The Ginger Kitty Designs Etsy store offers a lengthy list of nail polishes you can pick from. Some are pretty polishes that are easy to find in stores, but others are discontinued and/or hard-to-find. Expect to pay more if you choose the latter. (She even has a limited supply of Liquid Euphoria Bliss, which is a nail-polish dupe for Clarins 230 aka Unicorn Pee!)
If you want to use a polish that she doesn’t have but you do, simply let her know. She’ll send you a bottle, which you can fill with your polish and send back to her to use.
Effects to Choose From
You can just choose a single polish and let that be that. But if you really want to go wild, ask her to do a water-marbling with more than one color. You can even ask her to use Konad stamping art or crackle polishes!
My Nfu-Oh 51 necklace came with a silver box chain. The clasp was easy to open, and there were several links available at the end of the chain so you can adjust the length.
The beauty of Ginger Kitty Designs’ creations is that no two pieces are exactly the same. She handcrafts each item personally, unlike large companies that just churn out the same designs hundreds of times. So you can feel special knowing that you’re wearing one-of-a-kind jewelry.
But keep in mind that because it’s handcrafted, it takes some time for her to finish your piece and to ship it out. It’s definitely worth the wait!
Ginger Kitty Designs Review
Her Etsy storefront showcases a bunch of nail-polish jewelry she’s already created. But if you don’t see something you’re looking for, just explain to her what you’d like and she’ll probably be able to make it.
What impressed me was how professional the packaging was. My Nfu-Oh #51 necklace arrived in a padded envelope. Inside, it was in bubble wrap. It was clear that Tracey put a lot of care into packing it.
The necklace comes displayed professionally with a sparkly-cardboard backing. And all of it is in a plastic protector.
She includes her business card inside, which is nice, so you can easily contact her and/or remember where to go to get more.
When Tracey shipped my necklace, she messaged me to let me know what the tracking number was. And she sent me 2 photos of the finished product, which made me even more excited to see it in person.
Dealing with Tracey has been a complete pleasure, and because she occasionally has coupon codes and special discounts going on, I may just become a repeat customer!
It was my first time buying anything on Etsy, and the process was easy and painless. You must create an Etsy account before you can buy anything. And you have the option of paying by credit card or by PayPal.
You’ll get an order confirmation, and you can communicate with the seller via a mailbox system on Etsy.
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
I love the way my necklace turned out, and my shopping experience with Ginger Kitty Designs has been positive. I highly recommend you shop her store if the novelty of jewelry made from nail polish excites you.
If you’re reading this, Tracey, thanks again! 😀
What do you think of jewelry made from nail polish? Which colors would you pick for a ring, necklace, or bracelet? Have you ever bought anything on Etsy before?