Wednesday, October 17, 2012

DIY Mercury Glass

Mercury glass is awesome!

I never knew what it really was but after a little research I foooooound that it is made by double blowing glass (yeah, no idea) and 'silvering' the inside space, originally with mercury. Derr. They slap a seriously high price tag on it these days, therefore, I won't be buying any anytime soon. But I did find a great tutorial {@ 17 Apart} to make faux mercury glass.

image: 17 apart

Apparently, it won't work if you don't have this exact type of spray paint: Krylon Looking Glass. It's a little pricey for spray paint, about $12 for a small can. Then, in an empty spray bottle, mix equal parts water and white vinegar. And thaaaan, Gather glass stufffffff! You'll also need paper towels.

The directions on the Krylon paint instruct you to paint the inside of the glass for the 'looking glass' effect. But for this method, spray the OUTSIDE of the glass...unless you don't plan to put anything inside of your glass piece...ever! Actually, I don't know what happens...that is just what the tutorial told me to do.

Basically, you just spritz the glass with the water/vinegar so that it beads lightly on the surface and follow with the spray paint. Repeat a few times with blotting and waiting in between.

I was mighty pleased with my results!

I will be scrounging up glass and giving it another go soon! I love it!

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