Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mercury Glass

I love the look of Mercury Glass.  It is very popular these days.  It is very expensive these days.

So, I decided to make my own. 
Thanks to Pinterest I can.
But, if you don't lose hours of your life, like I do, I am going to share with you how to make it.

You call all the Michael's in the San Diego area and ask if they have Krylon Looking Glass paint in a spray can.  If and when you find someone who sells it, you drive and buy all two cans they have.  The cans we found were pretty I bought all two cans they had.  6 oz. cans.  Small.

This is great stuff.  Did you know it was for sale?  I am amazed at the education available on Pinterest.

Then, you have your daughter go into her garage, and when she emerges she has some neat goblets in her hand.  She said, "I have lots of these things and we can learn on them". 

So, we washed them....well, she did....."she" is my middle daughter.  I think I forget to tell you I am at her house.

We went outside and put a cardboard down on the patio table and went to work.

After a few attempts, I got out the camera and let "She" do it.  "She" is better at it than I am.

The trick is to make the coats of paint very light.  VERY light.  It will take 3 to 5 coats of paint, but it dries really fast.

I am going to show you how it looks as we did it.

First coat of paint.  Spray lightly.  Short bursts of paint, on the inside of the container.
When it is wet it looks opaque but it dries transparent.  This is important.  Then you know when it dries.

It is like magic!!!!

Then when it is dry, spray another very light coat.

It will run if you don't spray light enough.  But, don't worry.  It won't show.  Somethings just happen that way, but it turns out fine anyway.

Remember it will spray on cloudy looking, but dries smooth and shiny.

You watch it dry.  Who said watching paint dry was boring???  They didn't know about this Looking Glass Paint.  It is magic!

See how it can see it, right?

Our first attempt doing this we painted about 5 coats.  After doing them I wish I had stopped at 4 coats. But, you have to try it and decide how you like.  I still love them, even with 5 coats.

The next step is a chemical reaction!  Magic, again.

In a spray bottle mix 50% water and 50% vinegar.  The vinegar is like an acid and helps lift the paint.

Spritz the water vinegar mixture on the inside of the glass.
It will look like this.

Do you want to see it closer?  Okay.  Here is another look.

The bubbles form, and they eat the paint off.

Let the solution set for about 30 to 60 seconds. 

Then use a  paper towel to pop the bubbles, and soak up the solution.
We found that it worked better with torn pieces of paper towel in smaller pieces worked easier and had better results.

We dabbed, and spritzed a little more and dabbed some more.  Until, we liked what we saw.

We are going to do more stuff, because, you know me, I can't ever do just one or two of anything.
I find it addicting.
I like the results. Don't love the results, so I am going to practice this a few times.  I think there is a learning curve.  However, it is very fun!

I hope you try it. 

Love, Me

1 comment:

  1. Totally want to do this!!! You know how I am with anything shiny! Better bring home paint!


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