I am a bit late to the DIY Mercury Glass movement but here is my first attempt.
It seems that wherever I look lately I see mercury glass pieces: craft stores, home decor stores, in magazines. I love the look but it is usually a bit pricey for the good pieces. (Evidently I have expensive tastes). So I did what every DIYer does, searched the internet and Pinterest for ideas on how to do it myself. After reading everything I could find I decided on the method I would use.
Here’s what I did and a little on how I did it.
I found two clear glass pieces at the thrift store. I paid less than a dollar a piece so I wouldn’t feel horrible if the experiment completely flopped. Finding the Krylon Looking Glass paint was a bit more difficult. After searching high and low I finally found it at a big box department store in Chattanooga.
I started out by using a small piece of glass from a thrift store picture frame. Here’s how that turned out.
The method I used was the 50/50 vinegar and water mixture. Spray the mixture on the piece, spray the spray paint, and then dab with a paper towel. I would then spray it lightly again with the spray paint to get some variance in the coverage. You must do this outside. The looking glass spray paint has very strong fumes.
This is the small votive piece.
You can see that it has more small ‘pock marks’ than larger ones. But a really great reflective finish.
There are some cool ‘streaky’ looking areas as well.
This is the bowl.
This one has mostly small ‘pock mark’ areas. But I like it that way.
And here’s a picture of the inside.
You can still see some of the residue from the vinegar in this shot.
And here they are lit up in the dark.
So, they are not exactly how I want, but for my first attempt I am quite pleased with how they turned out.
I hope to do some more pieces when the weather is a bit nicer. Have you tried your own? Want to? Let’s chat.