How To Create Glitter Nail Polish

With thousands of different glitter combinations, this creative outlet is not only fun, but also very addicting! Creating your own franken polish is all about experimenting.  It’s a learning process, so don’t get discouraged if your first few attempts do not turn out.   Lets get started…

Franken Supplies

Empty 10 Gram JarThe first tool you will need is an empty jar.  This is where all of your trial and error and creative ideas will come together.   Mix and match any combination of glitter colors and sizes together until you achieve the look you are going for.  No rules apply when mixing your own glitter combinations, but for those of you that don’t know where to start, try using the color wheel rules.  Colors that are next to each other on the color wheel or complimentary colors is always a fun safe way to achieve a great franken glitter polish.

Cool WheelWhen creating your own glitter combination, always make sure you use solvent resistant glitters. With over 200 different colors, shapes, and sizes to choose from, Glitties has the largest selection of solvent resistant glitters anywhere!

Solvent resistant glitters are made polyester film particles strong enough to withstand harsh solvents (nail polish).  Non solvent resistant glitters are made from acrylic film particles coated with an outside layer of polyester material.  Even though the outside layer of these glitters are solvent resistant, the inside particles are not. When the glitter is immersed in nail polish, the solvent (nail polish) is able to seep through the sides of the glitter particle and dissolve the color and plastic acrylic core.  This will cause the glitter to melt or bleed color, just like acetone dissolving acrylic nails.  The results of using non solvent resistant glitters in your franken glitter polish…“HOT MESS!”

Solvent Resistant Glitter New frankeners’ will use any type of nail polish to create their glitter franken polish.  This is not the best idea; here’s why?  When you first get done mixing your polish and glitter, everything looks nice and applies great, but give it less then an hour and 

Suspension Base Polishall of your beautiful glitters will have sunk to the very bottom of your polish.  You think you will be able to shake it up, but the glitter will never evenly apply again.  Waste of time and money!   The best polish to use is a suspended base polish made specifically for glitter.  Glitties Franken Formula is a long lasting base that will suspend glitters (glitters won’t sink).  Our Franken Formula is “3-Free” and does not contain the Toxic Trio of chemicals: Toluene, Formaldehyde and Dibutyl Phthalate.

Orange StickOther tools needed are an orange stick, paper plate/art tray, and a funnel.  Orange sticks are great for mixing  your “test polish” and pushing the glitter down into your final franken polish.  You can get several uses out of one orange stick by cleaning it with acetone when finished.  A paper plate is needed to mix your “test polish” on, and a funnel is needed to eliminate the mess of pouring the glitter into your polish. 

Quick Tip: Make a small funnel out of paper.  Simply roll up a small square of paper (approx. 3 x 3 inches works well) into a funnel shape and tape together.  Make sure the hole at the end is slightly smaller than the opening to the polish bottle, but not too small.

Franken Ballz


Last but not the least, Franken Ballz!  These tiny zinc plated steel balls are put in the nail polish bottle at the end to help mix together your polish and glitter.  Using Franken Ballz will save you a headache and muscle strength from all the shaking you would have done without them!

All right! You’re ready to franken!


Step 1

Create a beautiful glitter combination in a empty jar or on a paper plate/art tray.

Step 2

Place a few drops, or a small amount of suspension base nail polish on a paper plate.  Don’t be afraid to use a little portion of the nail polish to test.  The glitter needs a little room anyway!  Shake in a bit of the glitter combination you have already created into the few drops of polish.  Remember to start small, you can always add more.

Step 3

Use your orange stick to mix the glitter and polish together.  After mixing, do a test swatch on a piece of paper or nail.  If you are satisfied with the appearance of your franken mixture, go on to step 4.  Otherwise, experiment until you get the look you desire.

Step 4

Set aside the cap/brush and place your funnel into the top of your Franken Formula or polish bottle.  Slowly add glitter into the bottle. Same rules applies here…add a little at a time!

Step 5

Last, add a couple of Franken Ballz , and shake, shake, shake!  Test you’re newly mixed franken glitter polish on a nail.  Need more glitter?  Always!  Add more glitter and shake some more.

Congratulations, once you have created a franken polish you love, you’ll never want to stop!

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