In my Owls in Christmas Shawls tablescape post, I promised to share the tutorial for making Mercury glass on the cheap.
Normal DIY Mercury glass instructions say to use Krylon™ Looking Glass Paint. Out here in The Land of Making Do, the nearest Hobby Lobby is 35 miles away. Who has an extra hour and a half during the Christmas rush to chase down one product?
Remember…we’re meandering through this season. I’m not into rushing here and there, forgetting what’s really important right now. In the grand scheme of things, who cares if I have perfectly real looking mercury glass? I decided using regular multi-surface metallic paint would be a fun test.
Products I Used
Silver metallic multi-surface spray paint
Vinegar in spray bottle
E6000 glue for the stemmed votive
I had previously purchased two vases, a votive holder, and a candle holder, each for 59 cents, at a thrift store nearby. See how I work? I have these ideas in mind and collect bargains in advance. But, when it comes to proper supplies, I’m not always prepared.
The process is easy, really. Remove any price tags and wash each piece with dish soap. Rinse thoroughly and dry completely.
Take the clean vases to your designated area for spray painting and place them on a protective surface. Take along a spray bottle of vinegar and your paint.
I chose to not spray inside the rims of my glass, but you totally can.
Spray the glass pieces thoroughly with vinegar, all sides, top to bottom. Runs are fine.
Let rest a few minutes so any runs can do their running to the rim before you add paint.
Spray the pieces with your paint in short spurts, moving the can continuously so you don’t have solid areas of paint. I think I got a little heavy with my paint. You’ll do better, I’m sure.
See how the vinegar bubbles are under the paint? That’s good.
The video to follow shows an entirely different process of more steps, but I kept my process simple. I let the paint dry.
Then, I rubbed the vases with my finger to remove any loose paint.
I scratched a circle of paint off the bottom of the votive in order to attach the candle holder with E6000.
My mercury glass turned out adequate. It serves its purpose well enough.
The looking glass paint is twice the price of regular metallic paint, and my metallic paint was a fun test.
Since I know you’ll want to do your glass perfectly (and probably have good access to proper supplies), here’s the perfect video tutorial for you. 😉
I would love to see your glass when you’ve finished the transformation. I realize, too, that you’re probably not in the DIY mode so close to Christmas…unless maybe you’re meandering with me through the season. 😉
I’m sharing at Metamorphosis Monday. Come join the fun!