I have sometimes been called a magpie, thanks to my love of shiny objects... well, hopefully it's because of my love of shiny objects and not the many non-complimentary things being compared to a bird (i.e. bird brain, diseases, freakishly skinny legs, and a peckish eater). But, I'll just choose to believe it is because I love shiny objects that the comparison is made. Mercury glass is one of those perfect shiny things that has a real vintage feel, but still tons of drama. It reflects a lot of light and adds a lot of interest to a room, but it can also be expensive if you buy it from a store. I had found a tutorial online, but had to make a few changes because as I practiced I found some things that made it look even better.
What you'll need:
Pieces of Various Glass (you can find these around your house or at thrift stores or Hobby Lobby)
Soft Wiping Cloth (paper towel)
Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint (Don't try and get the cheaper silver leaf or chrome because it will just look drab and grey not shiny or reflective)
Vinegar Water Solution (50% water/ 50% vinegar)
Take your clean glass and spray the inside of the glass with a thin layer of the looking glass paint. It should look like the vase in the picture above where it is transparent but slightly reflective. Let that dry for about a minute and repeat. Do about 5 layers, but trust your judgment. The picture on the left below has 4 layers of paint, and the one on the right is after they are finished.
After letting your paint dry for 5 minutes, spray your vinegar solution on top of the spray paint and let sit for about 20 seconds.
Take your soft wiping cloth and wipe upwards towards the top of vase. Sometimes you have to wipe hard and sometimes you have to be careful not to wipe too much. Just make sure you can get the look that you want.
Do one or two more layers of the looking glass spray just to add a little bit of dimension. Et Voila! C'est fini.
I have been mercury glass-ing everything because it is so quick and easy to do, and I think it looks quite nice once it is finished. I have some fabulous lamps in the works, I will share a picture with you soon! Hope you have fun if you decide to do it yourself, and make things shiny my fellow magpies!