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
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.
- 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!).
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!” I nodded. Continue Reading
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
- 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.