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Pinterest Must or Bust - DIY Mercury Glass

Posted by Erin Sliney

Aug 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM

I have a confession - I am OBSESSED with all things mercury glass.  

I would say my obsession started with my wedding a couple years ago and I'm always trying to incorporate it into my apartment decor.  The only issue with mercury glass is that it's expensive!!  

My sister-in-law, Jenn, and I decided to tackle DIY mercury glass over a long weekend.  The pinspiration we used was from Martha Stewart

 DIY mercury glass; krylon looking glass paint

 Supplies you will need:

  • Krylon Looking Glass Spray PaintVases/Votives of your choice in clear glass

    • Note, this is hard to find in stores, we ordered it from Amazon in  advance

  • Newspaper and painter's tape 

  • Spray bottle with water


Step 1:  Tape the outside of the vases with the newspaper.  You will only be spraying the inside
Step 2:  Spray the inside lightly with the water bottle
Step 3:  Spray the Looking Glass Spray Pain into the vase.  You will see it pool at the bottom.  Rotate the vase so the paint coats the inside evenly
Step 4:  Place the vase upside-down to dry overnight.  Repeat as neccessary.

The Verdict:  A Bust!

Jenn and I were dissapointed with the way the paint coated the vases.  We found that we had to repeat this process 5 times and waited 4 hours between sessions (yes, we got impatient!)
We tested a few different kind of vessels, below are pictures of our results! We found that using a vessle with groves/texture let the paint adhere better.
Special note, if you plan to put flowers in the vases, you have to place a plain cup inside first with water.  The paint is not safe for plants.
Have you tried to make your own mercury glass?  Let us know if you had different results!  
DIY Mercury Glass
DIY Mercury Glass

Topics: DIY Projects, Pinterest must or bust


Thanks for stopping by my blog!  If you are a bride or bridesmaid, my hope is that this blog will be a great source of inspiration for you.  In my spare time, I am a professional wedding guest traveling near and far.  Through this blog, I love to share all of the great things I have seen along the way in hopes it will help you create a beautiful event.

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