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Mercury Glass DIY Project, Take 1

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
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My first attempt at making Mercury Glass.

I love the shiny uneven silvery look of Mercury Glass.

 There are many different looks in the newly manufactured Mercury Glass I see in the stores now.

Of course the pieces have the silvery look but some have undertones of gold, some brown, some black.

The ones I like best have a black tone underneath the silver. That’s the look I’m trying to achieve.




Most tutorials I’ve read recommend the Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Spray Paint.

I bought mine at Hobby Lobby and the regular price is $11.99 so be sure to take your 40% off coupon.



Assortment of volunteers for the project. Some from thrift stores, some my own.



Ok, this is how I did it.

I used a small spray bottle and misted the inside of the pieces really lightly with water.

Some tutorials call for a mixture of vinegar and water.

I don’t know what the vinegar does, I used water straight from the tap.



I taped off the outside rim of the pieces because for the mercury glass look the paint goes on the inside only.

After misting the inside with water, I very lightly sprayed the inside with Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Spray Paint, then I picked up the piece and swirled the paint around. The mirror paint is really thin. I let it dry a few minutes and repeated this a couple more times with the paint only, no misting.

Then after the Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Spray Paint dried completely, I misted lightly again with water and then sprayed the inside lightly with a black off-brand paint (I had it on hand).



I used black paint spray paint on the canister lids.


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The taller canister has silver paint only and the vase and the small canister are sprayed lightly with the black paint.



I like the results but I don’t love them.

I think I can do better.

I haven’t used all my glassware so I’ll be trying other techniques along with some I used here.

update 4/3/2013  Mercury Glass Diy Project, Take 2

The post tomorrow will be about my first attempt at using special lighting and a photography light tent.

It was quite an adventure to say the least.

The lights and the tent were recommended by my friend Heather of At The Picket Fence.

The lights and tent are great but there were a few technical glitches by the operator (ME).

(update,  3/7/2013) You can read about the light fiasco at This Photography Stuff Is Driving Me Nuts.

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13 Responses

  1. Sharon says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. I do believe I’m going to try this, I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  2. What a great idea. I love this and I have a ton of random old glass vases this would work perfect for. Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. I really like how they turned out! Makes me want to give it a try.
    I followed a link from TT&J to get here, but I already get your email updates. I am a huge fan of yours:)

  4. Great Tutorial. Love the look in the glass. Visiting from TT and Jello.

  5. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    I think this turned out great! I’ve been wanting to try this, but I have never found that spray locally and I refuse to pay shipping. But it’s on my to-do list!

  6. Megin says:

    Thanks for sharing. I have the paint but haven’t tried it yet. I think the vinegar helps the paint “bubble” and look distressed. I’ll be watching to see if you post any updates :)
    I found you at Tatertots and Jello Weekend Linky today ~ I hope you have a chance to visit my blog and leave a comment, too.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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