Homemade Mercury Glass Ball Ornaments
There are a few tutorials out on the blogs regarding how to make faux mercury glass. I have been wanting to try it, but I really wasn't wanting to have my first project be on something of any value. What better way to experiment, but on relatively inexpensive glass ornament balls?
I grabbed a box of basic clear glass ornaments when they were 60% off at ACMoore. I also picked up Krylon's Looking Glass Mirror-like Spray Paint and my mini-water bottle.
The basic idea here is to mist the glass with water and then spray the paint over the bulb. I started on the inside, which did nothing but waste paint. So, I started spraying the water and paint on the outside of the ornaments. Everyone says to let them dry overnight. I did that, but then realized that for the look I wanted, it was going to take a layering effect.
|You can see how the water makes the mirror paint|
Here they are dried after three layers of paint and spritzed water.
I placed them in an arrangement of greens and assorted natural balls, pine cones and such. I like the little bit of shiny they lend to this arrangement.
After the New Year, I will try and tackle this technique on something else and will bring you the results. This is a relatively simple process, but I think it takes a little practice. I had some issues with dripping, which in the end actually lent visual interest to them.
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