DIY Mercury Glass
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Water bottle with light mist spray function
- Looking Glass spray paint by Krylon®
- Clean clear glass lantern, vase, tray, votive, etc.
- Work in a well-ventilated, protected work area. Be sure the glass is clean and free of tags, labels or dirt. Remove handles or other components that won’t be painted. Cover the outside of the container to make sure the paint doesn't spread to unwanted areas. Remember, the inside of the glass container (or bottom side if painting a tray or platter) is the area that will be painted.
- Shake the can of Looking Glass spray paint for several minutes to get it well mixed. First add a light layer of spray paint to the inside of the lantern and immediately follow with a quick mist/spray of water. Spray the paint in short bursts and try to spray lightly enough that the paint doesn’t pool and run.
- As soon as the paint has been sprayed into the lantern, shoot it with a quick mist of water. When the water droplets hit the damp spray paint, they will form the spots and bubbled effect that makes mercury glass look so aged and cool. Allow the paint and water to dry completely – 30 minutes or so.
- Repeat layers of spray paint and water droplets until the desired look has been obtained. 2-3 layers for each lantern may be required.
- Don’t be alarmed if the paint does pool or run – try to tilt the container to spread the run-off so that it adds to the overall texture of the paint rather than drying as a streak running straight down the lantern. Or tip the glass upside down on some paper towels to remove excess water/paint.
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