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.



sorry I asked a question that was already asked


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


Love it!!!!!!! Thanks!!!!!

Christy James

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 🙂

Theresa @DearCreatives
Theresa @DearCreatives

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

Angi Schneider

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)

Debbie Bosworth

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


Great idea, Laurie! My pleasure. 🙂