ever seen mercury glass? i love it. especially when in the form of a candleholder/hurricane, because the light so beautifully illuminates the imperfections of the antiqued silvery finish. the real version, as in, authentic mercury glass, is defined by glass that is blown with double walls, where silver solution separates to two layers. while there were a variety of techniques used in creating the silvered glass look, mercury glass is considered to be one of the first examples of glass as an art form.
interesting, right? nowadays, we see “mercury glass” as it is most likely manufactured in a plant somewhere, only to be artificially antiqued, for the sake of the “vintage trend” to which much of the US currently subscribes. MYSELF INCLUDED. like i said … I LOVE IT.
and last weekend, after a beautifully fall filled day, my mom and i attempted to make our own mercury glass mason jars. again, with my mom being the master DIYer, i figured, if she thinks we can do it, we should definitely give it a shot.
as a part of our diy mercury glass research, a la pinterest, we reviewed multiple tutorials on the seemingly easy creation. and since there are already multiple tutorials, instead of adding another one to the world of blogging, i’ll just link to the ones we used:
Note: each tutorial is basically the same.
every blog says to get “krylon looking glass” paint. well, we couldn’t find it. and given that we wanted to make them that day, we weren’t really wanting to order it online. thus, our project turned into an experiment.
instead of the looking glass paint, we just bought the metallic silver and gold spray paints at walmart. they looked shiny enough to provide us with the mirror-like effect we were going for … so why not?
the tutorials all say to spray a half water/half vinegar solution onto the paint, wait, then blot/rub/swirl/and-so-on. well, it’s probably because we used a different kind of paint, but the water-vinegar combo didn’t cut it. so we sprayed straight vinegar onto the paint and it worked like magic! it took a little more elbow grease than we expected, but after a while, we were pretty pleased with our mercury glass mason jars!
my tip for those wanting to try this themselves? make sure you can stick your entire hand inside the jar/vase you are painting. my brain wasn’t exactly thinking that far ahead when i tried sticking my hand all the way into the jar. sometimes, i’m not so bright. (we eventually rubber-banded an old sponge to a wooden spoon and that worked way better than my non-jar-sized hand).
after our mason jars were completed and drying, i used the left over paint for some pine cones i found on the side of the road. i only sprayed 70% of the pinecones and i did some in metallic silver, matte silver, and metallic gold. i tossed them all in a bowl when i got home and bam. pretty, easy, slightly sparkly christmas decor.
it was a successful day of diy-ing, i would say.