Faux Druzy Jewelry with FolkArt Glitterific

Friends, I officially have a new obsession. It’s called FolkArt Glitterific, and I haven’t loved a craft supply this much since I picked up my first brush pen! In case you haven’t heard, it’s a brand new product from Plaid Crafts that features multi-sized, multi-colored pieces of glitter suspended in a thick, clear base. It’s the perfect way to make things sparkle with absolutely none of the mess you usually get when you play with glitter. Yesterday, I used it to decorate a clipboard; today I want to show you how you can create your own Faux Druzy Jewelry! Take a look…

Faux Druzy Jewelry with FolkArt Glitterific

This project is incredibly easy and requires no jewelry making skills whatsoever! You can create necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelet charms…anything you like! Let’s get started.

You’ll need:

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necklace blanks and/or ring blanks  These are available in a variety of shapes, styles, and sizes at craft stores & online!
FolkArt Color Shift Paint: Aqua Flash or your choice of color
FolkArt Glitterific: I used Aqua, Tropical, and Kaleidoscope

For necklace: chain, jump ring, clasp, pliers

The most fun part of this project for me was trying out several combinations of paint and Glitterific to see what gorgeous results I got. I decided to give all three pieces of jewelry the same base color, then top each one with a different color glitter. As you’ll see, I ended up with three completely unique projects.

Step 1: Give your piece a base coat of FolkArt Color Shift.

This is optional; the Glitterific can absolutely be used on its own, but I personally like to have a colored background. Since the glitter is in a clear base, there’s a chance that you might see the plain metal behind it in some places. My preference is to layer the glitter on top of a color instead. You can use Color Shift paint, like I did, or if you prefer something more neutral, you can use any color of acrylic paint you like, including black, white, or grey. You can also use a metallic paint like FolkArt’s Brushed Metal line as the base.

Since my jewelry pieces were metal, it took me two coats to get the coverage I wanted. Let the paint dry completely before moving on so that it doesn’t mix with the Glitterific.

Step 2: Apply a thick coat of Glitterific over your layer of paint.

The necklace blank was the easiest to do, because it had that nice little raised edge to help hold the Glitterific in place. The best way I can describe the process for this step is to “glop it on” with your paintbrush. Don’t spread it out, just get a bunch on your brush and fill up the space. Think of it like putting brownie batter in a pan. If you don’t like the way a certain spot looks, you can gently shift the glitter pieces with a toothpick. Then, let your blank lay flat to dry.

My necklace uses Color Shift in Aqua Flash and Glitterific in Tropical. I feel like this one has a mermaid-ish vibe, don’t you? It reminds me of the ocean, which I love!

Faux Druzy Jewelry with FolkArt Glitterific

The rings were slightly more challenging because they were small and flat. The square one, in particular, was tricky because of the corners. I had to apply my Glitterific, then wipe each side to make sure I kept the square shape in tact.

This ring uses Color Shift in Aqua Flash paired with Glitterific Kaleidoscope. Kaleidoscope reminds me of confetti. It’s got a variety of shapes and sizes as well as colors of glitter; everything from red to purple to gold. I feel like this one has a playful vibe that little girls and not-so-little girls who like a good party would enjoy.

Faux Druzy Jewelry with FolkArt Glitterific

It’s definitely a statement piece, and all the colors mean it goes with any outfit, so that’s a huge win!

The important thing to remember when making a ring is that it needs to dry as flat as possible so the glitter doesn’t shift in one direction or another and make it look lopsided. I rolled up a piece of paper and placed the rings on it, but you could also use a marker or pencil, a ring sizer, or anything else you can find around the house. Another idea is to find something to push the ring base into like the cushions of a jewelry box or a piece of styrofoam.

Faux Druzy Jewelry with FolkArt Glitterific

The other ring I made pairs Color Shift Aqua Flash with Glitterific Aqua. Turquoise is my favorite color, in case you couldn’t tell, so I knew I was going to love this one. It still reminds me of the beach, and it really looks a lot like a druzy stone. The glitter sizes and colors are much more similar in this one, so it feels a little more grownup and elegant than fun and wild like the Kaleidoscope.

Faux Druzy Jewelry with FolkArt Glitterific

I am thrilled with how they turned out! Which one is your favorite? I think the Aqua is mine, but I am honestly having trouble deciding.

The rings will be done and ready to wear as soon as they’re dry. The necklace will need a chain. If your blank doesn’t come with a loop, you’ll need to add a jump ring, then you can slide any chain through. Although your project will be dry to the touch within about 30 minutes, I recommend waiting 24 hours so the paint can fully cure before wearing your new jewelry just to make sure it doesn’t get damaged. No further sealing is necessary; the glitter is safe and sound and won’t flake off with wear.

Faux Druzy Jewelry with FolkArt Glitterific

What do you think, friends? Is this a project you’d enjoy making and wearing? Which color combo do you like best?

Glitterific is available now on the Plaid website and is coming very soon to craft retailers near you. It can be used on lots of surface types including wood, metal, plastic, terracotta, paper mache, glass, ceramic, and canvas for decorative purposes. I can’t wait to see how you use it for your own creative projects.

Faux Druzy Jewelry with FolkArt Glitterific

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