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Make your own mercury glass

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No need to spend big bucks to get the look of vintage mercury glass! Make your own at home with just a few supplies.
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True mercury glass emerged around the turn of the 20th century and was popular long into the 1930s. It was also known as silvered glass and was blown with a double wall that encapsulated a layer of silver. Some was etched, colored or engraved, but they all shared a common, sparkly beauty.

If you are lucky, you may find a piece or two in an antique shop, but they can be pricey and elusive. Luckily you can make your own versions at home in less than an hour.

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Read on for step-by-step photos of how to create your own mercury glass.

Supplies needed:

  • Clear glassware: vases, jars, glasses, etc.
  • Looking glass or mirror spray paint (metallic silver won't work)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Latex gloves
  • Painter's tape
  • Paper towels

Step one

Tape the rim of your glassware with painter's tape.

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Step two

In a small plastic cup, mix a small drop of black acrylic paint with a little bit of water. Stir to combine. Dip a piece of a paper towel in the paint mixture and then dab and splotch the inside of the glass container in a random pattern, being careful not to get too much paint in any area. This helps give the glass a more aged, vintage look. No need for perfection, the more random the better. Let dry. If you prefer plain silver glass, you can leave out this step.

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Step three

In a well-ventilated area, spray the inside of the glass with the looking glass paint. It will likely drip, so spray lightly. Take a paper towel and blotch the inside again to create some areas with no paint on the glass. When that coat is dry, do a final coat of spray paint.

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Step four

When it is dry, fill it with flowers or place a candle inside and enjoy!

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