DIY Mercury Glass

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Mercury glass is so popular now – you can't go to a home decorating store without seeing it.

But items out of mercury glass can be very expensive, and when I saw this pin on Pinterest, I repinned it immediately to my DIY decorating board and was inspired to try if I could make my own mercury glass.

It sounded so easy – and it was! After only a few minutes and minimal effort, I had made a bowl with mercury glass effect.

You need these supplies:

Mercury Glass Tutorial:

         

  1. Buy some inexpensive glass bowls or vases. I found mine for just a few dollars each at a local thrift store. I'd avoid vessels that are narrow because it will be hard to spray into them, and I'd be afraid that the paint would start running. Also, the tutorial I've seen for mercury glass called for Krylon® Looking Glass Mirror-like paint, which is apparently not easy to find. I wasn't able to find it in two stores and decided to try Rust-Oleum metallic finish spray paint instead, and I really like the result.
  2. Mix one-part vinegar with one-part water in a spray bottle and mist the glass bowl only on the inside.
  3. Find a well-ventilated area in your home or outside, protect the floor or ground with newspaper, and spray the inside of the bowl with a few bursts of spray paint. You don't want to overdue it so the paint doesn't start to run.
  4. Let the paint dry for a few minutes.
  5. I already liked the look of the outside of the bowl but decided that I'd rub off the paint on top of the water/vinegar mixture and I love the result – it revealed areas where there isn't any paint, just like in the real mercury glass.
  6. That's it – I waited a few more minutes to make sure the paint was completely dry and decorated our little dresser with my mercury glass bowls right away. This is by far my favorite DIY project yet because of how easy and immediate the results are.

I could get addicted to making mercury glass out of all kind of glass containers. I still do want to get the mirror-like paint to see how that will look compared to the metallic spray paint I used.

My mind is already racing – I think I'd also like to try using different spray paint colors for a fun effect. Using the same technique with a bold color, I'm curious to see what it would look like to spray a second color inside the bowl or vase that will peek through the holes of the first paint color. Oh, the possibilities!

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What will you make into mercury glass: a bowl or a vase?

 

Images via Dagmar Bleasdale

 

 

 

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DIY Mercury Glass

Dagmar tackles motherhood, thrifty home decorating, DIY projects, and green and frugal living on her lifestyle blog Dagmar's Home. She loves finding treasures in thrift stores and sells her handmade candles on Dagmar's Home Decor. Connect with her on Twitter (26,000 followers), Facebook, and Pinterest. ... More

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