I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was busy painting and watching movies, so not too bad.
I love vintage mercury glass but I don’t love the prices. I decided to make my own faux mercury glass using looking glass paint.
I got the Krylon looking glass paint at Hobby Lobby. I looked at Lowe’s and Michael’s here in Wichita, but they didn’t carry it. It was around $11 but I used the 40% off coupon from the Sunday paper so it wasn’t so bad.
I used a clear glass pumpkin that I’ve had for a while but never used because it was too boring (sorry once again I forgot the before picture). I got an empty spray bottle and filled it about a third of the way full with a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar and grabbed some paper towels. I sprayed the pumpkin with 3 light coats leaving about a minute between coats to dry.
After the third coat dried for a minute, I lightly sprayed the entire piece with the mixture ( the bigger the drops the better). Let them sit for about 15 seconds and blotted with the paper towel which I had lightly sprayed with the 50/50 mixture. The blotting removes the paint right where the drops were. I started this lightly until I got the hang of it. You can keep playing with it and spraying it more until you get the look you are going for. After you are finished blotting, I would let it dry for a few minutes and then spray a very light final coat.
That’s it, super easy. One can goes a long way, so I plan on using it again on some vases I have.
One warning, it really is extremely fumey. I did mine out in the garage since it was really cold, but if at all possible I will do it outside next time. The after picture was almost impossible to take being that this is reflective and it really does not show the places that I distressed.
This is the best I have and it really looks a lot better in person. This project is at a beginner level, so if you try it let me know how it turns out!