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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mercury Glass

I was a guest over at "My 1929 Charmer" yesterday. Cathy is having a huge 1st Anniversary party, and your all invited. Go check out all the great ideas, and fabulous prizes. Thanks Cathy, and Happy Blog-iversary!! Here is what I shared...and don't forget to sign up for a chance to win the $25 Michael's gift card..
Let's keep the party going with some faux mercury glass, and a Michael's giveaway!
My garage is full of treasures that I've picked up thrifting and on Craigslist, but my latest find was already in the garage. This baby was just gathering dust on a shelf when I spotted it...


The "wavy" glass was so pretty I almost changed my mind about painting it, but paint can be removed, right? So I forged ahead...
Supplies...Jar, Paint and Water
I found some Krylon "Looking Glass" paint at Michael's, and with my 40% off coupon the price was about the same as any other spray paint....love a bargain! To get a "Mercury glass" look I sprayed the inside with a mist of water before painting. I tried to do several light coats but I ended up with more on my hands than in the jar. I finally went with spraying quite a bit, swishing it around, and turning it over to drip...
After several coats the finish was complete, but I wanted more of a distressed look...
A little to shiny
To add a little distressing I mixed a teaspoon of  vinegar in my water, lightly sprayed the inside, and then patted off the excess. I like the hint of aging, and I may even add some more...




So do you think my "mercury glass" could use a little more distressing, or do you like it as is? I would love to read all your wonderful comments. Thanks  for inviting me to your party Cathy!

Linking up with these fabulous parties...
The Southern InstituteRomanceOnADime.comTip Junkie handmade projectsHow to Nest for Less Creations by KaraBoogieboard CottageCraft & Tell Beyond The Picket Fence BecolorfulMondays @ All Things Fee!Sumo's Sweet StuffNinth Street NotionsEverything Under the Moon HOG I'm topsy turvy tuesdaysThe 36th AVENUEPhotobucketfingerprints on the fridge

31 comments:

Herballistic Garden said...

I've tried the mercury glass and it didn't turn out well..looked all water-drippy. I'll try your method. I like the vinegar idea! I'll be guest posting at Cathy's on Friday! Love her! xo wendy

Pam said...

Very neat.

Tammy Henderson said...

Looks Great! Nice Job!

Vanessa said...

Hi, Lori

I just love looking around your lovely blog and I found your blog from Kathy over at 1926 Charmer. I am a new follower. Have a great week.

Vanessa

Lisha @ 1house1couple said...

You always amaze me Lori! I never would have thought that was ever clear glass before!

I think your mercury glass looks great! I love how you distress things :)

~Lisha

onelmon said...

love this!

Betsy @ Romance on a Dime said...

Looks so lovely!!! Nice job!!

I'm so glad you linked this up at Romance on a dime. I'm definitely pinning this. I want to try it sometime.

Claiming Our Space said...

This is too cool. Can I ask why you did the inside instead of the outside? I would love it if you would share on my linky party Tout It Tuesday. http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/05/tout-it-tuesday-7.html

Grace InAZ said...

I'm no expert on things like this, but I am amazed at the look you got! Wow!
I'm a new follower from Katherine's Corner.
Growing Old With Grace http://growing-old-with-grace.blogspot.com/
Hugs, GraceinAZ

royalegacy said...

I think it looks very professional.

Thanks for the follow. Following you back on Linky Followers, FB, Pinterest, G+, & Twitter.

Danielle @ Royalegacy

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I need to try this, I love the aging tip with the vinegar!!

Karena said...

Oh I love this idea Lori!!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

The House at Bluebird Lane said...

Fabulous, Lori! Thanks so much for the "how to". I've been wanting to try this technique for a while now, but wasn't quite sure how. I love it how it is now! :-)

Aimee from byAimee.com said...

what a GREAT idea!!! i love the shape of this glass!!

Kelly @ Here Comes the Sun said...

I love the look of mercury glass and have been meaning to make some for a while. Yours looks great. Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday.

Kathe said...

I think you are a creative genius! I have some vases from dad's passing that I am totally going to try this on! Thank you for sharing this at the party! See you next week?

Missi at havoc-to-heaven.com said...

Lori - I found you through your comment on my blog and I couldn't be happier! What a beautiful blog and awesome post!! Can't wait to try this on some old glass vases that I have sitting around.

I am now a everywhere follower to you as you are to me!! Thanks girl!

Tonia L said...

Thanks for sharing at The Gunny Sack! I wanted to let you know that I featured you today! http://www.thegunnysack.com/2012/05/who-was-stuffed-in-gunny-sack-week-38.html

Katherines Corner said...

wow you did a great job ( well of course you did, you rock!) Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop Big Hugs xo

Kelly Rowe said...

Very COOL! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial over at Live Laugh Rowe. Have a lovely day, friend :)

Becolorful said...

The mirrored glass is quite pretty but if you are looking for more of a distressed look I think another vinegar treatment wouldn't hurt. Either way, this is a great project idea and I'm happy you shared it this week on BeColorful.
pam

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild .com said...

beautiful already, and yes a tiny bit more of distressing would be great also. in my humble opinion, based on the pix.

Diane said...

Haven't tried this yet but since yours turned out so beautifully and you made it look so easy, I will now have to give it a try!

Stacey said...

Very pretty!
Love how you forged ahead!!!
Great job - thanks for linking!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Sooo pretty!

Claiming Our Space said...

Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

Calypso In The Country said...

How creative is that! It really came out nice!
-Shelley

Katie Adams said...

This is gorgeous! I am deffinately going to have to try this trick! I would love for you to share on my weekly Linky Party Blog Stalking Thursday.

http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/05/blog-stalking-thursday-43.html

Kelly @ Here Comes the Sun said...

I featured you!

http://herecomesthesun-kelly.blogspot.com/2012/06/fabulous-friday-28.html

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

I used this technique to make mercury glass ornaments 2 Christmases ago! I love it, your jar turned out GORGEOUS! I love the additional touch of the vinegar. I'm featuring it today, thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

Transformations By Jacqueline said...

love it! I have to try it! following your post, of course!
Great Transformation!!