Anyone else getting the mercury glass itch this year?
(Maybe it was last year's itch and I'm a little slow?)
But I'm loving it this year! So I decided that if I could figure out how to DIY some mercury glass ornaments, then I could go wild and mercury everything else in my house! So here was the trial run...
Get some of these...
and a can of this
full of water. Easy enough.
Ok, well the Looking Glass spray paint by Krylon was a little tough to find. But its worth it! I tried it with their chrome spray paint in a moment of weakness and its not the same. Persevere! Find it!
I got mine at Hobby Lobby (the second store I checked). And get a coupon. Its 11 bucks a can!
So I started with a trial on one ornament.
I started on the inside:
1 spray of the spray paint
1 spray of the water
then swirl and dump whatever excess
let it sit upside down to dry and you end up with this
liked it. Didn't love it. So then I read the directions on the ca. Ha!
It said that one side has the mirror like finish.
I looked inside the ornament. Yep...the mirror like finish was on the inside. Woops!
No biggie. It was assembly line time anyways.
So I strung up the rest of the ornaments on the frame of the swing set
(just loop the string around the top of each ornament and they'll stay put without touching each other)
Repeat the same process.
Spray with spray paint.
Squirt with water.
No swirling and dumping this time...yay!
Lets compare shall we?
A vintage mercury glass ornament I got at the thrift store (more on that later)
Then my glass ornament.
Pretty darned close!
Here's the tree all decked out!
We're doing a small tree this year because we are leaving for home (Boston) on the 21st!
*pause for happy dancing*
So there you have it. My glass vs. Mercury glass!