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How To Make Inexpensive Mercury Glass At Home With Old Vases And Glassware

How to repurpose old vases and glassware into beautiful mercury glass.

Over the years, one undoubtedly accumulates various vases and glass pieces. If you’re like me, they make their way into a cabinet or closet, where they sit and collect dust.

I personally like to keep vases of various sizes for different floral or holiday arrangements, but with mercury glass being the “in” design trend, I wanted to come up with a way to really put all that glassware to use.

I found this idea on 17 Apart and decided to try it myself. Aside from needing a space to spray the glass-looking spray (and some rubber gloves to keep the stuff off my fingers), it was relatively simple.

If you like the look of mercury glass and want to transform a few pieces in your home, you should definitely try this. If you don’t want to take the plunge on some of your favorite pieces at home, consider going to a local Goodwill or thrift store and pick up some glassware there. I found pieces for as little as $0.50. This is also a great (and inexpensive way) to add custom center pieces for a wedding or fundraiser event.

Materials Needed

  • Various glass containers
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Krylon looking glass spray
  • Paper towels
  • Newspaper or other protective covering
  • Rubber gloves

Craft Instructions

  • Clean and dry all glass pieces you’re going to spray.
  • Mix one part water, one part vinegar into spray bottle. Adjust nozzle so it’s on a fine mist setting.
  • Gently spray the outside of jar with spray bottle mixture (you should create small droplets that bead up, but don’t run).
  • Immediately spray a gentle, even layer of the metallic spray.
  • Allow this to dry for 1 minute.
  • Add another fine mist of water/vinegar spray over entire glassware.
  • Allow to dry for another 2 minutes.
  • Gently blot jar with paper towel to lift off water/vinegar & reveal the antiqued look. Don’t rub or it’ll streak!
  • Repeat above steps to create a layered, antiqued look.
  • Let completely dry for 2-3 hours, then add any adornments or flowers!

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