Monday, November 23, 2015

Homemade Faux Mercury Glass Decor using Spray Paint


This was one of my very first posts in the very beginning!
But it is still one of my most popular.
So here is a Replay on
how to make your very own Mercury Glass.


I had so much fun with this project! I have been waiting to do this for a while and its been on my list of things to do...which is about 1 BILLION things long....:)   
What motivated me, was finally one day at goodwill I got a score on a group of similar size and style bowls. I had wanted a graduated set to do this little project with and FINALLY had found one.

I had finally found the Krylon Looking Glass paint at Hobby Lobby. So I was all ready to start.

Now I have read plenty of tutorial on pintrest and what not and even on the Krylon page. What they tell you do is to shake the can for a good 3 -5 minutes. Lightly spray the inside of the glass with a little bit of water, and shake it out so there is still a tiny amount of water in there. Then do short small bursts to put your paint on. You can see it kind of pools so you have to roll it around. Bring it to the edge and have paper towel to wipe the edge ( You can see my bowl had a nice metal ring that came off so this made it easy for me not to have to worry about getting it on the silver ring. )



I even turned it upside down with a paper underneath to make sure it all got covered. Well you can see in my hand there isn't much mercury pattern. So on the next one, when I added the water I rinsed the bowl with a tiny bit of dawn dish soap and rinsed until there was just a tiny bit of bubbles in the rinsed water. Now we all remember that Dawn commercial about how it cuts through the grease. Well this worked great for a pattern with mirror paint too....:) It worked much better. You can see it left a more variegated pattern.



Now just remember it takes a couple coats to do this, but I just love how it turned out.


Such a rich classic look. I hope this helped you and motivated you to try this fun project. Don't forget to go on Hobby Lobby's website to get the coupon for 40 percent off too. That paint is expensive but with the discount it really helps. I did 8 things with it and still have some left. I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and have a BEAUTIFUL day...:)



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23 comments:

Junky Vagabond said...

Lovely! Thanks for the soap tip!

WhyCuzICan said...

Karin, I've been wondering where folks were finding Looking Glass spray paint-- always thought WM was out of it or something-- so it's up at a CRAFT store, ay? (Hob Lob) Guess I'll have to make the appx 140 mile round trip to get it in Rockford, IL to find it (or just REMEMBER to look next time we go up there in Feb).

Looks like fun and yes, it does look glassy AND classy

Smiles,
Suzanne

shellyandrade said...

Hi Karin! Those turned out great. I have had that on my list too for a while but I wasn't going to try a spray. Who'd a thunk?

ps - making small 'kine progress on the house. You can actually walk across the floor and yes... there actually is a table under that mountain after all! (any of you creative people can relate yeah?)

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Thanks for inspiring me--I have tried this a couple times and quit in frustration. I guess I need to be more patient! Maybe I need to shake the looking glass spray longer too.

Janet said...

Thanks for sharing!

A Sense of Design said...

I love this, must see if we can get the Krylon paint in Australia, thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Your diy mercury bowls are beautiful! They look like the real deal. I love the effect that you created with the dish liquid. I was just wondering the other day if there is a way to do this. So glad you shared. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sharon

Please come by mrshinesclass.wordpress.com every Wednesday for my Show & Tell party.

Ruth said...

This is great. I have a list like yours and this is on it. I need to find a good deal on bowls. Thanks for the tips.
Ruth

Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer said...

Looks beautiful! Such a simple trick and the result is an amazing transformation. Great job!

Terra said...

Looks good. I've been wanting to try this.

Anonymous said...

So glad you linked up at my Show & Tell party! Come share your creativity anytime!

Sharon

Danielle said...

Thansk for this great tute and the coupon tip!Thanks so much for linking up and sharing at my Feature Friday Linky Party!

Danielle @ Blissful & Domestic
http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com

Shannon at madiganmade said...

I love mercury glass and I'm always on the lookout for DIY ideas. Great tip to try the soap prior to spraying.

Jen said...

Neat! What a great tutorial! I'd love if you came and shared your fab link at the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com ~Jen

Lori said...

Great tutorial! I haven't read any others, but yours is great, I'm pinning it so I have it when I get to this 'to do'. Thanks again, I found you on Sunday's Best Party.

Strawberries and Sweet Love said...

Oh gosh very cool! I'm going to have to try this one. Yours turned out nicely.

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Those turned out so nicely, plus you did really get a great set to try this on.

shopannies said...

beautiful

Deidre said...

Ive been dying to try this but cannot find the looking glass paint anywhere up here:( LOVE THIS! Thanks from your newest follower,Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

Carrie said...

STUNNING! Now I need to scout out some thrift store glass to try this with. Thanks for the tutorial, and for linking to Refresh Your Nest Friday-- hope you join us again tomorrow!

scott davidson said...

In a way, for an art-lover like myself, decorating our home is quite easy. I just please myself mostly, with my poor husband going along with most of my choices. I am always collecting beautiful things, like handicraft decorative pieces, little sculptures and hangings.
And I simply hang lovely paintings in all our rooms. Not all are originals of course, as who can afford many of those.
I order many prints on canvas from Wahooart who have a vast collection of images from Western art, that you can choose to make economically-priced prints like this Interior in Aubergines, by Henri Matisse, from there.

Hi I'm Shannon! said...

Love it! You're right, it's so rich looking and it adds a lot of facet and texture to the glass. Remember last year, I could not find this stuff anywhere? Well, I found some ;) It's on my to-do list now! lol... and we all know what that looks like.

Jason Murphy said...

Indeed, art is beauty and so the home made glass decor here. Truly a piece to adore.

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