The game of dominoes is a classic family amusement that is enjoyed all over the world. Not a mere game of chance, this centuries-old pastime involves strategy and skill as well as a bit of luck. Domino sets come in many sizes, but a set of “double nines’ containing 55 pieces is a nice portable size, allowing you to take your game to the park, picnic, or back porch.
Traditional dominoes were made from ivory, bone and ebony. Today, most are made from plastic or resin.
Here, dominoes get an elegant modern update with a vintage twist. Bold typography replaces the classic dots (or “pips”), and the tiles themselves are made from glass.
Faux Mercury Glass Dominoes
- 1 12x12 sheet rectangular glass tiles (approx. $10 in the tile section of the home improvement store) You will need 55 tiles in all to complete the set
- Domino Typography Sheet, downloaded and printed
- Mod Podge Gloss waterbase sealer
- Small paint brush
- Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer spray, gloss finish
- Krylon Looking Glass spray
- A spray bottle filled with a solution of ½ water and ½ white vinegar
- Soft lint-free cloth or paper towel
- Remove tiles from the mesh backing. Soak in a bowl of hot water for five minutes. Then use a soft-scrub sponge to remove the glue from each tile. Dry and set aside.
- Print both pages of the Domino Typography Sheet on plain white copy paper. With scissors, cut out each domino face by trimming inside the black lines.
- Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the white side of a tile. Apply a paper domino face and press out any air bubbles. Repeat with remaining tiles and set aside to dry (approximately 10 minutes).
- Arrange dominoes with the number side face-up on a sheet of newspaper. Spray a coat of acrylic sealer and allow to dry. Repeat.
- When sealer is dry, flip tiles over on a clean sheet of newspaper. Spray backs and sides of glass tiles with mirror spray. Immediately follow with a spritz of the water/vinegar mixture. Allow 2 minutes to set, then lightly blot with a cloth or paper towel to achieved desired level of antiquing. Set aside to completely dry for 1 hour.
- With silver sides facing up, spray the dominoes with acrylic spray to seal and protect the faux mercury glass finish.
- When tiles are completely dry, you're ready to play!
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