Aug 4, 2012

Faux Mercury Glass


Ok, so maybe my chickens didn't actually help with this faux mercury glass project, but they did keep me company from a safe distance. This project is simple enough that my chickens could do it if they had hands. This glassware can make a beautiful display in your home and a lovely hostess gift, filled with flowers to bring to the next picnic or party!
I stumbled upon this faux mercury glass tutorial on Pinterest and in my futile attempts to track it back to its original source, I found endless variations on the technique. I settled on a combination of several and I am thrilled with the results.
The entire project can be completed in 10 minutes or less and involves a can of Krylon Looking Glass, Mirror-like spray paint, a spray bottle of equal parts vinegar and water and clean glassware. The Looking Glass paint can be found many places including larger Michael's Craft stores, Wal-mart and online.
Here's the entire technique: SPRAY. MIST. DAB. 
 The spray paint can be applied to the outside, the inside or both sides.
I tried all the variations and was happy with all of them.
When painting the outside, it helps to hold the glass with a gloved hand for maximum control.
 SPRAY a light coat evenly on the glass. The paint dries within 2-3 minutes.
 When spraying the inside of a container, holding it upside down distributes the paint more evenly and prevents it from puddling at the bottom.
 When completely dry, MIST lightly with the vinegar/water solution.
Allow the vinegar to sit for a minute and then DAB the beads off the glass, don't rub.
  Voilà! That's it!
These unmatched pieces look beautiful in groupings on a mantle, side table or window sill.

24 comments :

  1. What a fun project! What is the reason for the vinegar spritz though?

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    1. Kim, the vinegar solution eats through the paint a little bit, giving the glass a pretty patina. This step can certainly be skipped as the glass looks pretty with the paint alone, but the spray gives it more of an authentic mercury glass appearance.

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  2. Which of the vases were painted on the inside, which on outside, and which on both in and outside?

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    1. The Atlas jar was painted on the inside and out. The jelly jar in the last picture was painted only outside and I don't remember the rest!

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  3. That is a good idea for the old jars I save, will have to try it. Ellen from Georgia

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    1. I'm constantly on the lookout for fun glass pieces now! Let me know how yours turn out, Ellen!

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  4. I like this... they look lovely! I will have to give it a try. I bet they will look nice next to my cobalt blue jars.

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  5. Love it! They turned out awesome :)

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    1. Thanks Rebecca! It was really fun too. :)

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  6. What would this spray paint look like if sprayed on metal?

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    1. I don't know because I've never tried it but I would imagine it would look like a mirror.

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  7. Try it! :) Post the results! :)

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  8. Crystal Jebeles Taylor8/25/12, 10:02 PM

    Love your blogs!! I've signed up for the new contest and even done all 3 bonuses. So excited!!

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    1. Thanks Crystal! It's nice having you with me!

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  9. Manuela Williams11/9/12, 9:11 AM

    Very pretty! I've never seen a ball jar done with that spray before - great idea!

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  10. Laurie Shoemaker11/9/12, 7:37 PM

    Beautiful, Kathy!  Those will look fabulous with pine boughs in them for Christmas!  :)  Thanks for the great tut!  :)

    xoxo laurie

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  11. TheChickenChick11/9/12, 9:52 PM

    Great idea, Laurie! My pleasure. :)

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  12. Debbie Bosworth11/10/12, 2:14 PM

    Love these vases and the fun painting technique! I'll have to try that come springtime! Thanks for sharing...

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  13. Angi Schneider11/19/12, 8:51 AM

    I love it!  These make such great vases.

    Thanks for sharing at Handmade Christmas 2012 (www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/08/faux-mercury-glass-10-minute-craft-with.html)

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  14. Theresa @DearCreatives8/12/13, 3:13 PM

    I love the look of mercury glass. I will have to try this. Thanks for sharing @DearCreatives party! Hope your having a great week. Theresa

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  15. Christy James10/6/13, 8:27 AM

    These are gorgeous. Now this is a perfect example of how to turn blah into WOW with spray paint! I'll be featuring this at tonight's Get Your DIY on Fall Party Challenge! Stop by and grab a button. This week's challenge is chalkboard projects, I hope you'll be sharing your creativity again :)
    XO,
    Christy

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  16. Love it!!!!!!! Thanks!!!!!

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  17. Creekwoman199112/31/14, 6:12 PM

    this is beautiful. What does the vinegar and water solution do? thanks!. http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2014/12/clever-chicks-blog-hop-119-with-egg.html

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  18. Creekwoman199112/31/14, 6:15 PM

    sorry I asked a question that was already asked

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