I've been wanting to try a DIY Mercury Glass project for awhile. What surprised me? How easy it actually was to achieve this look. I took quite a few pictures throughout the process (I'm a visual leaner). Hang with me, you'll be glad you made it to the end of this post.
•A clear glass votive, bowl, glass, jar or decorative item
• Looking Glass Spray (From your local craft store)
•Spray Bottle with 50/50 mixture of Water & Vinegar
Make sure you're in a well ventilated space, since you'll be using a spray can. I put down some parchment paper on my my grass, so I wouldn't end up with paint all over the yard and ruin the endless hours my husband devotes to our lawn. (Don't judget the yellow grass. It's just the start of Spring.) You'll also want to clean your glass item and ensure it doesn't have any residue on it.
I used Looking Glass spray that I found at my local craft store. You might also be able to find it at a hardware store, too. Read the directions throroughly on the can. (By the way, does anyone actually watch a timer to make sure they shake the can for the full 2 minutes? Honestly, I always count in my head, but can't tell if I'm counting too fast or too slow and inevitably go ahead and count for an extra 30 seconds. Ugh. Or at least I think it's an extra 30 seconds. For the love, who does this?!?!?!)
Spray the inside of the glass as best you can. Yes, it will run. No, it won't ruin it. You're just trying to make sure the glass isn't too opaque when you do the outside. I dabbed up what pooled at the bottom and even let some run out. You probably won't be able to get full coverage on the inside and that's OK. Let your perfection go. (I said that out loud for my on sake.)
Wait until the paint is slightly tacky, which won't be long. Then, take your Spray Bottle that is a 50/50 mixture of Water and Vinegar and lightly cover the inside. Immediately pat the inside of the glass with a crumbled paper towel. This will give it a mottled look.
It should all dry fairly quickly. Turn your glass over and spray the outside with the Looking Glass spray and repeat the process.
This time when I patted the glass after the Water/Vinegar solution, I actually had to twist and rub the paper towel in some areas. You don't want it to look uniform, but you definitely want some of the paint to come off. Rub a little in some areas until you get the look you want. Again, it doesn't have to be perfect. It's not going in a gallery!
I worked on this project outside and once I was done, I could tell that the whole piece was fairly see through. That didn't bother me, though. I knew wherever I put it inside, you wouldn't be able to tell.
See how easy that was? Now you can add your own finishing touches, like flowers, twine, Disney stickers (Ha!), etc... No one will be able to tell that you made it yourself and it wasn't from a trendy boutique.
This project was so easy that I might have to do another 50+ pieces for my home. I'm a little obsessive like that.
Let me know what you think and send us pics of your finished pieces.
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