Faux Mercury Glass

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There's nothing like a little silver in a display, whether it's real or something fake - ahem - I mean 'faux'.

Faux Mercury Glass collection

Mercury glass, the real kind, is usually only found in expensive antique shops, but it's easy to make your own with some thrift store glass dishes and vases, and a can of Mirror Effect spray paint. 

There are several brands, I used Rustoleum, but lots of people swear by Tremco or Krylon Looking Glass spray other similar - make sure to get mirror finish spray paint, not chrome.

This is one I've seen lots of tutorials for, but they're all similar; Krylon Looking Glass Silver-Like Aerosol Spray Paint 6 Oz..

I've used this one, and my only complaint is the smell of the VOC's - use it outdoors! Rust-Oleum 267727 Specialty Mirror Spray, 6-Ounce

For a water based option, this one looks promising; next time I buy this kind of paint, I'll try this one; Tattered Angels 18168 Glimmer Glaze Water Based Paint, Mercury Glass.

A selection of thrift store finds

There are lots of tutorials online, but the gist is that  you want to spray the glass item with a mixture of vinegar and water (some just use water) and then spray with the mirror spray paint. 

Ideally, the finished project will look old and like an old mirror, complete with thinner spots, dark age blotches and streaks.  Throw perfection out the window for this one.

The first coat of mirror finish spray

I tried this technique on a flat glass serving platter, two or three small dessert dishes and a large glass jar which could have originated in Pier 1 Imports or a similar source.

The shape of this large glass jar is perfect for the Faux Mercury Glass technique

Now to try it on some glass Christmas balls and baubles.

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