Make your own mercury glass
No need to spend big bucks to get the look of vintage mercury glass! Make your own at home with just a few supplies.
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.
- 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
Tape the rim of your glassware with painter's tape.
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.
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.
When it is dry, fill it with flowers or place a candle inside and enjoy!