Ok, so maybe my chickens didn’t actually help with this faux mercury glass project, but they did keep me company from a safe distance. This project is simple enough that my chickens could do it if they had hands. This glassware can make a beautiful display in your home and a lovely hostess gift, filled with flowers to bring to the next picnic or party!

I stumbled upon this faux mercury glass tutorial on Pinterest and in my futile attempts to track it back to its original source, I found endless variations on the technique. I settled on a combination of several and I am thrilled with the results.

The entire project can be completed in 10 minutes or less and involves a can of Krylon Looking Glass, Mirror-like spray paint, a spray bottle of equal parts vinegar and water and clean glassware. The Looking Glass paint can be found many places including larger Michael’s Craft stores, Wal-mart and online.

Here’s the entire technique: SPRAY. MIST. DAB. 

The spray paint can be applied to the outside, the inside or both sides. I tried all the variations and was happy with all of them. When painting the outside, it helps to hold the glass with a gloved hand for maximum control.

SPRAY a light coat evenly on the glass. The paint dries within 2-3 minutes.

When spraying the inside of a container, holding it upside down distributes the paint more evenly and prevents it from puddling at the bottom.

When completely dry, MIST lightly with the vinegar/water solution.

Allow the vinegar to sit for a minute and then DAB the beads off the glass, don’t rub.

Voilà! That’s it! These unmatched pieces look beautiful in groupings on a mantle, side table or window sill.

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Ok, so maybe my chickens didn’t actually help with this faux mercury glass project, but they did keep me company from a safe distance. This project is simple enough that my chickens could do it if they had hands. This glassware can make a beautiful display in your home and a lovely hostess gift, filled with flowers to bring to the next picnic or party!

I stumbled upon this faux mercury glass tutorial on Pinterest and in my futile attempts to track it back to its original source, I found endless variations on the technique. I settled on a combination of several and I am thrilled with the results.

The entire project can be completed in 10 minutes or less and involves a can of Krylon Looking Glass, Mirror-like spray paint, a spray bottle of equal parts vinegar and water and clean glassware. The Looking Glass paint can be found many places including larger Michael’s Craft stores, Wal-mart and online.

Here’s the entire technique: SPRAY. MIST. DAB. 

The spray paint can be applied to the outside, the inside or both sides. I tried all the variations and was happy with all of them. When painting the outside, it helps to hold the glass with a gloved hand for maximum control.

SPRAY a light coat evenly on the glass. The paint dries within 2-3 minutes.

When spraying the inside of a container, holding it upside down distributes the paint more evenly and prevents it from puddling at the bottom.

When completely dry, MIST lightly with the vinegar/water solution.

Allow the vinegar to sit for a minute and then DAB the beads off the glass, don’t rub.

Voilà! That’s it! These unmatched pieces look beautiful in groupings on a mantle, side table or window sill.

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Christy James
Christy James
10 years ago

These are gorgeous. Now this is a perfect example of how to turn blah into WOW with spray paint! I'll be featuring this at tonight's Get Your DIY on Fall Party Challenge! Stop by and grab a button. This week's challenge is chalkboard projects, I hope you'll be sharing your creativity again :)
XO,
Christy

Theresa @DearCreatives
Theresa @DearCreatives
10 years ago

I love the look of mercury glass. I will have to try this. Thanks for sharing @DearCreatives party! Hope your having a great week. Theresa

Angi Schneider
Angi Schneider
11 years ago

I love it!  These make such great vases.

Thanks for sharing at Handmade Christmas 2012 (the-chicken-chick.com/2012/08/faux-mercury-glass-10-minute-craft-with.html)

Debbie Bosworth
Debbie Bosworth
11 years ago

Love these vases and the fun painting technique! I'll have to try that come springtime! Thanks for sharing…

TheChickenChick
TheChickenChick
11 years ago

Great idea, Laurie! My pleasure. :)