How to Make Faux Mercury Glass Ornaments

I’m sure you’ve seen them: inexpensive silvery glass ornaments whose finish is starting to look a little peaked. Maybe the color is fading or even peeling off the inside of the glass. Well….Stephanie Lynn tells us how to turn those old has-beens into new faux mercury glass. And because the silver is already inside the balls, that means the process is pretty much half-done. The stuff we’ll need to make the transformation includes black acrylic craft paint, silver stencil paint, a kitchen sponge with a scrubby side and a multi-purpose craft brush. Continue Reading

DIY: Turn Your Plain Glass into Mercury Glass

For the past few years I’ve been amassing my own personal collection of mercy glass. I love how it feels classic, yet modern and can fit in with virtually any color scheme. So I was really excited when Krylon came out with their own do-it-yourself paint,

  Looking Glass. Now it’s possible to turn anything into mercury glass with a few simple steps. 

You’ll Need:

  • Krylon’s Looking Glass spray paint
  • whatever glass piece(s) you want to paint
  • a spray bottle filled with water
  • glossy black enamel paint
  • glossy gold metallic paint
  • scrubby sponge
  • paint brush

Seventh House on the Left has a very detailed follow-along that will seamlessly guide you through the process of giving your plain glass pieces a new life (that looks old!). Continue Reading

My own glass planet.

created at: 01/28/2011

Last week while perusing my local Pottery Barn, I spotted a reflective glass sphere in the holiday discount area. I picked it up and held it in my hands. The tag said it was mercury glass and there was a note inside that PB recommended inserting a strand of twinkle lights into the opening at the sphere’s bottom. As I was gazing at the ball, one of the sales associates walked by, saying, “Oh! You’re very lucky to have found that!” Continue Reading

Make Mercury Glass

Don’t you just love new ways to tart up old glass? I do, which is why this mercury-finish idea grabbed my attention. Bethany has done all the trial and error for us, showing us how to achieve the best results. Here’s what she started with:

  • silver leaf
  • adhesive
  • antiquing glaze
  • a sponge brush
  • glass vase(s) with a large enough opening that you can get your hand into it

For the entire tutorial, head on over to Remodel This House. Continue Reading