Saturday, January 7, 2012

DIY Mercury Glass

I love crafting and DIY projects, so I thought I would share some projects with everyone. Mercury Glass can range from expensive to reasonable prices depending on the piece. This is a great project if you want a specific object. I created votives and a square plate. I did the bottom of the plate in hopes of still being able to use the top for food. 

You will need the following items:
Glass item
Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint
White Vinegar
Wax Paper
Paper Towels
Spray Bottle


I found the above Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint at my local Michaels. I recently purchased a Metallic Cooper colored spray paint (pictured on the left) and compared the two results. They have the same shinny cap, but did not deliver the same results. The paint was to thick and scratched off. It also did not deliver the same mirror effect the Looking Glass spray did.

You will need to make sure the surface you are painting is clean and smudge free. If there are any smudges the mirror quality will not come out shinny. I started my project with a square plate, so you can see the project clearly.

I like to use wax paper under painting projects so the project and paint does not stick to the surface under it. I have used plastic and paper under paint projects before and there are paint pieces stuck to the sides.

Spray the plate or surface with a smooth coat of the Looking Glass spray.

You can see the paint drying within seconds and the mirror shine showing through.

Let the plate dry for 5- 10 minutes.

You will need to mix two part vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle. After it drys for 5- 10 minutes spay the plate with the vinegar solution. Let stand for 30 seconds. The vinegar acts as an acid and begins to lift off the paint.

Dampen a paper towel with the vinegar solution and lightly dab or rub the paint.

Let the piece/s dry for at least and hour before using. This will insure that the paint will not peal any more.

I did the same thing to the inside of the votives. You should not need to tape the votive because the paint will wipe right off. I would recommend using gloves if you don't want to get paint on your nails or hands.

I sprayed the inside of the votives and then slowly rotated them to make sure they were coated completely. I did two coats to make sure the surface was fully covers. I let them stand for the same amount of time and then sprayed and rubbed them.

Have fun and try different pieces! Let me know what projects you have completed.

Sweetly yours,


  1. So cute Colleen! You're so crafty, I just love you! What cool decorations they make...I bet the candles have such a pretty flicker in those vases!

  2. Yesssss.....I saw these at your place and loved them!! I need to transform some of my glass containers! They came out great.

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  3. I love it!! Sharing this on Twitter!

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