DIY Mercury Glass Vase

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Below is an article I did for Baller Hardware's home improvement blog.  Scroll down to read it and be sure to stop by Baller's blog for weekly inspiration and household tips!




Today we are going to turn a plain old glass vase into beautiful faux mercury glass:


This project is super easy and can be done in about an hour.   Here's what you'll need:


1. Looking Glass Paint (this is different than reflective silver paint.)
2. Vinegar
3. A clear glass vase (this one was from good will and cost 99 cents!)
4. A spray bottle
5. A lint-free rag.

Begin by mixing one cup of vinegar with one cup of water in the spray bottle.  Spray the entire vase with the mixture.  It's best to use a heavier spray rather than a fine mist so that the droplets are larger.  While the vase is still wet spray one coat of the looking glass paint over the entire surface. (Remember to shake well before spraying!) Let it sit for 5 minutes.


After the paint has partially dried wipe down the vase with the rag, using light pressure on some spots and heavy pressure on others.


Repeat this process for a total of 3-4 coats on the outside of the vase.  Then repeat the process with 3-4 coats on the inside of the vase.  The reason for painting both sides is that the mirror paint dries with a dull silver on one side and a reflective finish on the other.  By incorporating both elements you give your vase the multi-dimensional look of real mercury glass.


Voila!





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