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How To Turn Clear Glass Into Faux Mercury Glass

Most of us have that one cupboard filled with clear glass florist vases from delivered arrangements long since forgotten. What about candle holders of all shapes and sizes. I had a collection of hurricane ones collecting dust in a cupboard. Did you know you can turn them into beautiful Faux Mercury Glass?

How To Turn Clear Glass Into Faux Mercury Glass

It's easier than you think and in just minutes, you can have beautiful mercury glass. Here is a before picture of one of mine...

Clear Glass Before Turned Into Mercury Glass

And this is that very same vase after...

Clear Glass After Turned Into Mercury Glass

The magic in a can to transform them is this...

Looking Glass Spray Paint

You can read the saga on how I finally managed to get a can of this spray paint in my post How To Turn Ordinary Glass Into A Looking Glass Mirror.

10 Easy Steps To Turn Ordinary Glass Into Faux Mercury Glass

Trio of glass hurricanes transformed into mercury glass
  1. Wash the glass with soap and water and dry it well.
  2. Give a light spray of Looking Glass Paint on the inside of the vessel.
  3. Let it dry for around 2 minutes (you can actually watch it dry).
  4. Give it another light coat and wait 2 minutes.
  5. With a spray bottle filled with a 50:50 ratio of white vinegar and water, lightly spray it over the looking glass paint and wait approximately 20 seconds.
  6. With a scrunched paper towel, lightly sprayed with the vinegar/water solution, remove some of the looking glass paint in random spots with a dabbing motion.
  7. Once completely dry, repeat with a light spray of looking glass paint and let it dry for 2 minutes.
  8. Repeat the vinegar and dabbing process on other spots to give it a layered look.
  9. Once satisfied give it another light coat (or two) of looking glass spray paint to cover where the paint had been removed.
  10. Spray 1-2 coats of clear coat to protect the finish and you're done. It's that easy!
The looking glass spray paint comes in the color Gold as well. Had it not been so difficult to get the silver can, I would have sprayed the second layer with gold, much like you see with real mercury glass.

I paired mine with two real mercury glass finials in gold during the holidays.

DIY Faux Mercury Glass In Holiday Vignette

I also used Krylon Mercury Glass Paint to transform an inexpensive mirror from Wal Mart here in my post How To Make An Ordinary Mirror Look Antique.

Have you ever used Looking Glass Spray Paint? Have you ever turned ordinary glass into faux mercury glass? If so, I'd love to hear about it in the comment section below.


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