DIY mercury glass

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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1214 posts
Bumble bee

My daughter and I did.  I think we just followed the directions on the Looking Glass Spray Paint.  It was a little messy but did pretty good.  Not quite as shiny as real mercury glass but went well with everything we had already purchaed.  We did vases for flower centerpieces and about 100 votives.  Most of the votives were from Michaels at 50% off or Big Lots in packs of 12 with candles in them already for $6.  The only thing we changed was that we sprayed everything on the outside instead of inside since they would hold water or already had the candles in them. I would recommend packing them carefully so they don’t scratch if you paint the outside.  It was way easier than painting inside too.

 

Post # 4
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Newbee

Like pinkksnow, I sprayed the outside of the class so the inside could hold water. It took about five thin coats. My only advice is to do this outside (not even a garage but really outside) because the vapors are really strong. I used a lot of mismatched vases but sprayed them all to look like mercury class to be cohesive and it was much more cost effective than buying actual mercury glass!

Post # 5
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1214 posts
Bumble bee

Just a tip I learned concerning mercury glass…

 

I had water in a store bought mercury glass vase with the coating on the inside.  After I emptied the water, I could see that the coating was bubbling and wrinkling like it was going to peel off.  Instead of wiping it dry, I used my blow dryer.  I dried it out and it shrunk back down smooth to the glass.  Good as new!

 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

pinkksnow:  Hi there! I’m planning to DIY some mercury glass as well and was wondering if you recall how many cans of the spray you had to buy to make so many vases? I am concerned because the looking glass spray is not available in Canada so I need to pick up in New York.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

TO_Cali:  Sorry, I didn’t know I had a message until I ran across this.  I don’t get notices sinces all the changes.  We painted seven vases and about 100 votives with either 5 or 6 cans.  I’m not sure.  I know we did three coats on each item and it was a little bit breezy that day.  Good luck!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Thanks – that gives me some perspective on how many cans to buy. I’m so nervous that I’ll ruin all the goblets I’ve purchased when I try to spray them! 

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