Monday, January 24, 2011

This Faux Mercury Glass Is Outta This World

Mercury glass has made a huge comeback; certainly bigger than Whitney’s!  ;)  It's all over the media like a misbehaving diva!   I for one really like the look of it.  Mercury glass reminds me of cozy winters for some reason.  I wanted to try my hand at making some and I found a few sources each demonstrating a different method.  Martha Stewart Living had a feature on Faux Mercury glass that gave instructions using water and looking glass paint.  On some random blogs, I saw looking glass paint and alcohol being used.  This was my method of choice but finding looking glass paint proved to be impossible in my area.  All the craft stores told me they had taken it off their shelves!  Hmmm… I wonder why?   Anyway, since I couldn’t find the paint, I had to go with the more complex way of making faux Mercury glass.  This method involved Modge Podge and silver leaf.
Here's my supplies.

First, I spread a thin coat of Modge Podge on the inside of the pieces I wanted to “faux up” - LOL this sounds like a swear word.   Then, I cut small squares of silver leaf and pasted these on the sides of the glass.  I continued doing this until the whole inside of the thing was covered.  After I had a sufficient amount of silver leaf, I took a dry paper towel and rubbed the inside lightly to expose some of the glass.  Tha tha that’s all folks!
Add the silver leaf to the thin layer of Modge Podge.

This cost about $5.00 with plenty of materials left over.

This project was not difficult.  It was, however, MESSY!  Silver leaf can be hard to work with and sticky fingers don’t make it easier.  Major handwashing here!

My advice, if you want to try this project yourself, is try to track down some looking glass paint, even if it comes from a guy who knows a guy.

Nydia 8)

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