I've loved seeing a resurgence in the popularity of mercury glass. It's showing up everywhere these days, but true mercury glass can be prohibitively priced.
Fortunately, creatives in blogland have figured out a simple technique for mimicking the look so that you can whip up a whole collection for the price of a single piece from a store.
Combining the technique I learned from Katies Rose Cottage, and a popular dollar store craft, I've made my own version of a Mercury Glass Pedestal Bowl that I saw HERE for $65.95. My version cost only $2 (plus the small amount of paint and glue I used in the project).
Faux Mercury Glass Pedestal Bowl DIY
Krylon Looking Glass Mirror Spray
Spray bottle filled with 50/50 water/vinegar
A soft lint-free cloth (or Viva paper towel)
|I purchased these two pieces from the Dollar Tree. Total cost: $2|
Step 1: Run a bead of E-6000 around the top rim of the candlestick. Set bowl centered on top. Allow to dry 24 hours.
Step 2: On a covered work area, invert pedestal bowl and spray with a light coat of Krylon Looking Glass. Immediately spray with water/vinegar solution. Dab lightly with a lint-free cloth to distress. Allow to dry (the paint dries quickly).
Step 3: Turn bowl over and repeat on other side.
Step 4: I did a second coat of paint and vinegar to achieve the look I was going for. A second coat is optional.
Once dry, the bowl is ready to display as an elegant accent to your home.