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Make Your Own Mercury Glass

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Simple method of taking any cheap glass vase and making it into a faux antique mercury glass piece. I used two standard glass vases that I picked up at a discount store for less than $10 each. I'm now on the lookout for more pieces at thrift stores to make sparkly Christmas vignettes. Get a can of Krylon "Looking Glass" spray paint (available at Ace Hardware/K-Mart/Craft Stores, according to the Krylon website, but I couldn't find any in Las Vegas, so I ordered the small can online to give it a try). Paint is about $11/can. Step 1. Clean glass well. For the larger piece, I sprayed the inside, for the narrower piece, I sprayed the outside, with identical results. Step 2. Spray, using several light coats, being careful not to overspray to avoid runs. The paint is slightly cloudy when sprayed, but dries VERY quickly to a mirror-like finish. Step 3. After about 3 light coats, mix a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and mist the painted surface enough to create beads. Step 4.
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This is the spray paint you will need. Chrome, nor stainless regular spray paint will work. I tried it with normal chrome spray first and it was a disaster.
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This is what it looks like after you spray with vinegar/water mixture and blot. Then just spray another light coat over it to get the results below.
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The finished product.

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  • Wanda sinnema
    Wanda sinnema Seattle, WA

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THE LOOK of mercury glass. hate to say how much I have spent on a few pieces from TV in the past several years..hmmm. think I*'ll redo some old ornaments for a new look on the Christmas tree. THANKS for the inspiration..

  • Rebecca Platt
    Rebecca Platt Muskegon, MI

    If you have a Hobby Lobby or a JoAnn's, you can also use a coupon. Brings the cost down. I love the Mercury glass look

  • Eathabryant

    Can this b used to do my Countertop

  • Leslie D
    Leslie D Las Vegas, NV

    No. It's decorative only and wouldn't hold up on anything that had to be cleaned, more than just a simple rinsing.

  • Juliebd
    Juliebd Sarasota, FL

    I did this by cleaning the inside of a glass vase - rinse it well- dump out the water and quickly while there is still water on the inside of the glass spray it w mirror paint. Quickly pour out the remaining water/paint. Let it dry. Do 1 extra

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