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Friday, March 21, 2014

Making Faux Mercury Glass

I know I've been gone a couple years or so, but I'm back, and I found an easy tutorial to make the popular faux mercury glass. Isn't that pretty? Just like the antique glass.
                                               

                                                This is a close-up of mine-it takes a little over an hour to make, and that's drying time. I set a Mason jar inside the vase, because I'm not sure if the paint will flake off or not.

Now, let's make one, you'll need to gather these supplies:
1.) the glass you want to spray(it will be sprayed on the inside of the glass, that's why I chose this wide-mouth vase from Walmart for about $4 bucks (only because the local thrift store has been charging that much for their donated ones)
2.) Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint (it HAS to be this brand-it's the only kind that I know of)  it's about $12 at Walmart; there are more projects to make with this glass, and you may even want to make a whole set of votives or something :)
3.) a spray bottle
4.) vinegar (I used white vinegar)
5.) water
6.) paper towels

Put a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water in the spray bottle. I used 1/2 cup vinegar, and 1/2 cup water mixed up in the spray bottle. Now, find the setting on the spray bottle that makes the finest, barest amount of the vinegar/water solution. Spray a few times to make sure. Now spray into the vase, just a light mist, just a few times. If it runs, pat the spot a little with your paper towel. Some runs will make it look authentic, though.
                                          Step 1.) the glass you want to paint.

 Now-spray the http://www.krylon.com/products/looking-glass-mirror-like-paint/ in the vase; it's a very runny paint that dries very fast. Dab at some spots inside your vase til it is to your liking-we're going to make 3-5 coats. Or as many as you like! Wait about 15 seconds. Now mist a little vinegar solution in the vase and pat it down; you can rub a little harder on some spots than others, as long as you're going to add another coat.
                                         

                                          Step 2.) You can see the fine mist of vinegar/water solution on the first coat of paint. Dab runs and various spots til it's the way you like it.

                                         This is what it'll look like after you dab away some vinegar solution on your second coat of paint.

                                         
                                              3.) Step 3.) This is another coat of vinegar solution and another coat of http://www.krylon.com/products/looking-glass-mirror-like-paint/.....almost there!


                                            
                                               
    
                                                       Here's another close-up.


 Keep going til you're satisfied with the way your vase looks-and that's it! Let it dry about an hour and then you can put it on the table with flowers in it-and enjoy it!  I used a mason jar set inside my vase since I don't know how the paint would react to water. I'll experiment another day and find out!   Enjoy!

Here are some links I checked out before I made my vase.
Anna   http://www.takethesidestreet.com/
Ruth    http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2013/04/23/how-to-make-mercury-glass-diy/
  Thank You Anna and Ruth!!



Now-
Go make something!!
Kudzu




4 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Welcome Back!!!

I hope all is well with you.

This project turned out nicely and looks really pretty with your bouquet.

Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

Kudzu said...

Thank you so much-I'm not sure how often I can keep up this time,lol!

Jean Tuthill said...

Glad to see you back. I have missed your creativity! Hope all is well with you.

Kudzu said...

thank you Jean!