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Make Your Own Mercury Glass

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. Let sit about a minute, then dampen a paper towel with the vinegar/water mixture and firmly "pat" the beaded moisture that sits on the paint. You can actually rub a little in places, removing some of the paint as you go. Keep dabbing/wiping until you create the antique/worn look you desire. Step 5. After the piece completely dries, spray one very light coat of the looking glass paint over the already painted surface. This fills in the wiped away spots, adding dimension. You can repeat steps 3-5 until you get the look you want, although I only did it once.
  • make your own mercury glass, crafts
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.
  • make your own mercury glass, crafts
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.
  • make your own mercury glass, crafts
The finished product.
  • Eathabryant
    on May 21, 2016

    Can this b used to do my Countertop

  • Leslie D
    Leslie D Las Vegas, NV
    on May 21, 2016

    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
    on Jul 19, 2016

    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 coat if desired. Viola! Easy Mercury glass !

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen Chattanooga, TN
    on Sep 29, 2016

    I would like to make one to put coffee pods in and leave on the counter. Guess I'll be doing the outside technique only. And a spray sealer when done.

  • Walmart carries the looking glass spray also, it's cheapest I have found.

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