Monday, November 7, 2011

Magical Mercury Tutorial

 


Take a few of these ...


Thrift store finds - about $1.50 each

Add this and a spray bottle of water ...


I couldn't find this at Home Depot or Michaels, so I ordered online from Amazon.com.
The large size is around $17


And get this - faux Mercury Glass!



Here they are with some tea lights in them.






I first saw this done by Maury of A Fabuless Home.  Mine didn't go as smoothly as hers -- I accidentally sprayed the front of my shirt with the paint (I blame a faulty sprayer valve ... not the fact that I'm basically a klutz!).   

But it's easy. All you do is spray the glass piece with the Krylon paint, let it dry for about 20 seconds or so, then lightly spritz it with water.  I decided to spray mine on the outside of the piece.

Because of the aforementioned issue with the paint sprayer valve, I got drips.  But all I did was blot with a paper towel and spray again until I got the desired effect. Actually I should have done more spraying and blotting, but the paint fumes were giving me a headache (note to self and to you, make sure you do this in a very well-ventilated area). 

The best thing about this project is you can't screw it up! The more you blot and respray the more realistic it looks. Well, maybe that's the second best thing.  The very best is the fact that you can get the same look as this ...


Ballard Designs, $25 - $39 each


For a whole lot less. I'm trying it on glass ornaments next!




42 comments:

  1. What a great look! I've been on the lookout for thatr spray for the longest time. Maybe I need to order it online. Nicely done!

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  2. I LOVE IT! I WAS WANTING MORE Mercury Glass.NOW I CAN HAVE IT! tHANKS FOR THE GREAT IDEA!JOANN

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  3. LOVE these! Great job! Visiting from Between Naps on the Porch

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  4. I have been looking for the mirror spray paint all over and I can not find it anywhere!!!
    I have all the glass, and I'm ready to go. Might have to order it online.

    Oh, BTW... They are Stunning. Perfect. Gorgeous. Wonderful and Lovely =)

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    1. Just go to your local Ace Hardware and have them order it.

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    2. Krylon is by Sherman Williams (paints) and I ordered mine through my local SW paint store. It just came in today and I can't wait to use it :)

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  5. I love your results. I have been in search of some Looking Glass paint so I could try this myself. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous! I do love mercury glass! Thanks for sharing; yours are fab!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  7. they look fabulous.. thanks for the tutorial and about messing up. I feel much braver now and will try this.

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  8. Awesome ! I am so gonna do this ! Thanks!
    Dawn@MakingHome

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  9. Adding this spray paint to my list of must haves! Thanks for sharing - they're beautiful!

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  10. These came out great! Thanks for the tutorial too!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  11. Great! I'm going to try these soon. They look wonderful! Visiting from A Stroll Thru Life.

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  12. Great project, they came out wonderful! A must try project, Laura - Cottage and Broome

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  13. Thanks for sharing this! I love mercury glass and it's expensive to buy retail. Yours look as good as any I've purchased.

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  14. It looks great! I love it. Thanks for the shout out!

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  15. Oh and I'm following you now!

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  16. What a super idea. I love it. I have some things that I will definitely try this on. Thanks for the info. Thanks also for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  17. This looks like a really cool paint - thanks for letting us know about it. If I can find it, I'm going to try making my own mercury glass.

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  18. Amazing...

    TY for a great idea.

    Greetings from Stockholm,
    /chie

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  19. What a great tutorial...I am pinning this for a weekend project! Thanks

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  20. The transformation is beautiful! Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  21. Oh my gosh, I never heard of this spray! I have to have it! Your mercury glass turned out beautiful. Gotta lov ethe Goodwill glass....you really should join in over at Club G.W.{Goodwill} with Charm Bracelet Diva. Love to see you there! (P.S. I'm your newest follower!)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  22. Love love them! I have been looking every where for this stuff and have put off ordering it from Amazon, but now I can see that I'm going to have to! Did you spray the inside or outside? I saw another tutorial where they sprayed the inside and then used a qtip to smudge the silver. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. I was wondering about which side of the glass you spray, too. Inside or outside? I've seen lamps done this way, but is it durable to spray on the outside of glass? I'm not sure It could reach inside the lamps I bought that well...
    -Revi

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  24. HI Debrorah-

    They came out great. I did this on a mirror over the summer and just bought another can of the paint to do some jars. They do sell it at Micheal's but for some reason not with the spray paint. It is on a low shelf in the bridal aisle.

    My best- Diane

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  25. woohoo! beautiful job Deborah! Your faux mercury glass turned out fabulous!
    gail
    ps catching you this week

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  26. I am SOOOOOOO doing this!! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Love this! Thank you for the tip. Simple and easy...makes me happy. New follower.
    Audrey

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  28. I saw this done on the Nate show a while back. It's nice to see anyone can do it. I might give it a shot with my pile of clear glass items I don't know what to do with. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. So pretty! And the floral section is where I found mine at Michael's.
    Great job!

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  30. I bought my paint at wa mart for $8.00. Do you spray the inside of the bottle or the outside? I have heard both.

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  31. They look fabulous! Did you spray the inside or outside of the glass?

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  32. Hi there, what a fabulous job you did. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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  33. These turned our great. They are probably the best I've seen. The blotting and reapplying worked great. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. I bought the small can of Looking Glass at Hobby Lobby for $11.98 less 40% coupon.

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  35. This is great! I live mercury glass and plan to do this to some vases I have left over from floral deliveries.

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  36. Michael's now has the Looking Glass spray paint. At least mine does. Just got it this week.

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