+ DIY: MERCURY GLASS

{I finally tried this, you can see my results here}

I'm catching up on a little light magazine reading because I'm finally DONE with finals this semester and that's about all I have the energy for! I'm so happy, but incredibly beat!  Anyway, I saw this idea in Martha Stewart Living to make your own Mercury Glass and really want to try it.  Besides looking really simple to do, I love that I can upcycle my old clear vases into a little arrangement that looks nice, like this:
 
All you need is a couple of clear vases or votives, a spray bottle with water and mirror paint. You can get the mirror paint from here.
 
Clean your vase or votive then cover the exteriors with paper.  Spray the interiors lightly with water and then with mirror paint. Turn upside down to dry overnight and then repeat if too sheer. When finished, if you want to use it for flowers, just make sure to put them in a glass and then place glass in vase.  Done!  This would be a really inexpensive way to dress up a table for a party or a mantle for the Holidays!

I love this idea!  I definitely have a thing for mercury glass, you can see that here and here.

Has anyone tried this before?



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Images & Idea: Scanned from Martha Stewart Living January 2010

30 comments:

  1. OOHHHH, might just have to try this!

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  2. FAN-freaking-TASTIC idea! Love it! I am about 3 months behind on all my glossies, and this craft sounds like I have some catching up to do!

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  3. I totally just posted on Mercury Glass today! And I saw Martha's post on it and wondered how well it would work.

    Love it!

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  4. WHAT?! That's it? I am going to have to do this...too bad I just sprayed some vases with Heirloom white!
    Janell

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  5. Oh, I love this...because Mercury glass aint cheap!!!

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  6. So simple, but so elegant. I will need to do this next year.

    xo,
    cristin

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  7. I think I can actually do this!!

    Very cool ~~
    xoxo

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  8. What a great idea! I've never tried it, but I will now! Thanks :)

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  9. I didn't know you could do this. I love mercury glass and decorate with some small pieces on my mantle for Hanukkah, but this is beautiful. I really want to do this.

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  10. Cool DIY! Love the mercury glass look...happy weekend :)

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  11. Oooh such a good idea! They would def. look good year round (kind of whimsical and romantic!)

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  12. This is such a great idea! I love mercury glass but sometimes it can get pricey and to be able to make my own is awesome! I will let you know how mine turns out.

    Ps. Congrats on being done with finals!

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  13. What a fabulous idea! I adore the look of mercury glass! I had an arrangement of pieces for our tablescape last year...but our kitties took care of that. Sigh.

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  14. GREAT idea!!! I'm definitely trying this!

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  15. Oh my gosh. I'm amazed. Off to look at that magazine now. Thanks for letting us know about the article. I'll let you know if I give it a try!

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  16. Totally doing this! Thanks for the tips.

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  17. What a great idea. That Martha, she thinks of everything. Glad your finals are over. Now you can enjoy Christmas.

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  18. YAY to being done with finals. Congrats Carlee!

    Loving this project. I think I will need to try this soon! Have a wonderful holiday! Oh, and I love your stocking stuffers!!

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  19. oh my gosh! what a cool idea. great post!

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  20. I totally want to try... what fun! dollar store here I come! Happy Holidays!

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  21. I'm so excited about this idea; I have a vintage mercury class cocktail set and would love to continue the look- thanks for posting :)

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  22. Ah! Just how much better than my previous attempt is this...! I'd seen 2 other versions - both more complicated and less good looking! Now it is both cheap, quick, and nicer looking, yay! I'm going to save up my jamjars... :-)

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  23. I am going to try this very soon and reply how it worked out. Thanx for sharing! Love it!

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  25. I have been using your technique to make votives for my wedding, but I'm not getting a good coating, they almost look clear, and I've put on about 5 to 10 coats of the Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. I want them to have a speckled look, but when I use the water, it makes the paint even thinner and runnier. Any suggestions?

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  26. I've done this w/ votives, leaving them as sprayed, but I have some larger pieces that I want to 'age' more. Even though there's an extra step (or two - depending on the tutorial), I want to try it.

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  27. No, but I totally want to! Beautiful!

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  28. I just saw a way to do the OUTSIDE of your vase, so that you don't have to put "glass in a glass"......spray your piece 2-3 times, drying between, and then when dry pour vinegar on it.....it done!!
    I have NOT tried this.....but on the video I saw...it worked!!! Happy Mercuring!!!

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