November 20, 2012 by Piece of Pie and a Dash of DIY
There are tons of mercury glass tutorials, I compared notes from a half a dozen and went from there. It really is pretty basic. The hardest part for me was finding the Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. FINALLY found it!! I couldn’t wait to get home and get started. The paint cost about $10, but a little goes a long way. I figured out that lesson for you. LOL! Here’s what you’ll need:
Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint
3 tbsp water and 3 tbsp vinegar mixed in a spray bottle
Clear glass vase/bowl/candlesticks
Don’t be scared of the long list of directions. I am giving you every detail just in case!! This project will only take 20-25 minutes depending on which look you desire!! Ready, set, GO…
If you would like a more evenly covered item like my large vase follow these directions. Many of the tutorials suggested spraying inside the vase, I found this nearly impossible to do without the paint running. So I sprayed the entire inside as lightly as possible and carefully blotted the runs. Allow dry time between each coat. For the outside: Spray lightly and at least 8 inches away. Wait about 20 seconds and repeat until you get the amount of coverage you want. This is key y’all! If you spray too closely or don’t allow proper dry time, the paint will run and turn into a goopy mess and that is frustrating!! TRUST ME!! I sprayed the inside and outside at least 10 times because I wanted more coverage. Be sure to alternate spraying inside and out to allow dry time. The vinegar/water mixture is meant to help “peel” the paint to get that mercury glass look. As you can see my large vase does not have much of the “peeling.” I sprayed in a few small places, waited 5 seconds and blotted it off with a paper towel. That was that. Next…
For the smaller, less covered (more candlelight showing through) vase follow these directions. I sprayed the inside 3-4 times lightly and blotted any runners. Let dry in between each coat. For the outside: Spray lightly and at least 8 inches away from vase. Allow 15-20 seconds for dry time every time you spray. This is so important!! Seriously IMPORTANT! Ok?! OK!! 🙂 I coated outside about 6 times. Be sure to alternate spraying to allow time to dry. Next spray the vinegar/water solution and let sit for 10-15 seconds. Blot or wipe gently. Repeat this “peeling” process until you have circled the vase and achieved the look you desire.
Note: Sprayed items will look very different with/without candles.
The great thing about DIY crafts, you are THE BOSS!! What you like goes! It really is on a case by case basis. Trial and error. This mercury glass is perfect for the holidays!! You can put flowers, candles or candy canes in vases, candlesticks or bowls! I lurve it. Don’t judge me! It’s the small things y’all!! On that note I’m going to run out and grab a few more cans of that paint!! 😉 Happy Thanksgiving!