This is my first attempt at DIY Mercury Glass. I love the shiny, spotty, veined, silvery look of Mercury Glass. There are so many different looks to the faux mercury glass I see in the stores. I’m hoping mine looks at least a bit like the ones in the stores.
Of course most of 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. This is a trial and error project.
DIY Mercury Glass Project
I think my first diy mercury glass project came out pretty darn good. Patting myself on the back.
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 research 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.
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 on hand.
I used the same black paint spray paint on the canister lids.
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.
Take 2 for DIY Mercury Glass
Okay, I had to try this mercury glass stuff again. I really want to get the technique down.
I worked on a couple of pieces this week. When I say worked on, I use that term loosely. This is a very easy project.
One thing I learned from my research is you must use the Krylon Looking Glass Mirror Like Spray Paint for this project. Nothing else will give you the Mercury Glass look. Trust me on this. I’ve tried the metallic silver spray paint and silver spray paint and it just doesn’t work. The first step in the diy mercury glass process is to lightly mist the inside only of the glass with water. You can see where I have done that here.
Then lightly spray the Krylon paint inside and swirl it around. The paint is really thin. Swirl it for a minute or so and then turn the glass upside down.
Let dry for a few minutes then repeat this process 2 more times or until you are happy with the results. Remember to spray a light coat of water and Krylon paint each time. That’s all there is to it. Seriously!
I went a little wild and crazy and sprayed the canister lid with aqua spray paint after the silver. The aqua paint is not thin and did not swirl, or dance, or anything! I had to blot it a little. I did like the results. Just go with it, ok. Still loving the look. Shiney things get me everytime.
The vintage Avon perfume jar and the glass canister came from the thrift store at $1.00 each. Can’t beat that.
You guys know me. Still not satisfied with the look so stay tuned for take 3 on the diy mercury glass!
If you think this was fun you have to see the paint pour method for faux marbling. I used the technique on a clay pot and it turned out awesome. The paints I used require no crazy chemical mixing either. Click on the video below…
Faux Marbling Technique
Hope you have a great week and thanks for being here, Kathy
This project first appeared on Petticoat Junktion is 2013. Sharing again for those of you who missed it 6 years ago!