Colored Mercury Glass

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Back in September, I fell in love with Decor Chick's awesome Fall Entry Table. I loved the combination of blues with metallics.  I wanted to emulate her look, but I also didn't want to spend too much money. I also saw some colored mercury glass in the Pottery Barn Catalog. The wheels in my mind started turning.

I've been reading all over the internet how to make faux mercury glass using Krylon's looking glass paint. I'd also heard about using a combination of mod podge and food coloring to color glass.

So I decided to try to combine the two tutorials to make my own colored mercury glass votives.

Colored Mercury Glass

First, I cleaned the votives. I picked some cool clear glass ones that have a great texture.


I preheated my oven to 175. Then I combined about a 1/4 cup of mod podge with 8 drops of blue food coloring and 1 drop of green.


I then painted the outside of the votives. I know that most tutorials have you paint the inside; however, I was concerned that the looking glass paint would not interact well with the mod podge (as in...well, remove the color). I placed the jars on a cookie sheet with waxed paper, top down.


I put them in the preheated oven and "cooked" them until the color becomes translucent and dry.



After the votives cooled, I sprayed the votives' inside with the looking glass paint. While the paint was still wet, I sprayed the looking glass paint with a solution of half vinegar and water to get the desired finish.



Once the paint is dried, all that's left is to light the candles!!



I can't wait to show you how I took these and made them into a Christmas centerpiece. Stay tuned, that post needs some more photos!! I'll be posting that one next week. Update: If you want to see that completed winter centerpiece, you can go here!



TDC Before and After

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24 comments

  1. These are great - can't wait to see the centerpiece:) -Lindsey

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  2. whoa! that is amazing! i loooove the blue.

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  3. This is a great idea!! I love the color!!! It's good to see a different take on the mercury glass. Thanks for the inspiration! Pinning this one! :)

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  4. Oh MY! this is amazing! I never would have thought to add the color, I'm so glad you did.

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  5. Those are just gorgeous!!! I will definitely have to try this. Thank you for the great tutorial. Where do you get looking glass paint? Never heard of it.
    Cindy

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    1. I found it at Walmart...but I don't think they all carry it. Look on the spray paint section.

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    2. Mine doesn't I have looked everywhere. What was the ratio of vinegar and water and what do you even need vinegar. I so want to try this. Very pretty!

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    3. Nanci, the ratio of water to vinegar was half and half. You can find out which Walmarts carry the looking glass paint by going online to check for stock.

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  6. happy sharefest...love that glass...it's just so beautiful.

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  7. Coming over from SITS - what a cool idea. I have been wanting to try this with mason jars but I love it with the votives!

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  8. This is so cool..you can match your house decor perfectly!

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  9. A great idea and thank you so much for the directions how to achieve the look.

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  10. SOOO cool, Rachel!!!! I love this little project! They are so very pretty! I want to try this soon! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  11. Aren't you the clever girl and glad you tested it first. I'd wondered why it couldn't be done but was hesitant to try. You did a great job and how it turned out is awesome. They're gorgeous, can hardly wait to see how you used them for a centerpiece. I found you from link with Under the table & dreaming. As soon as I send this comment I'll subscribe to your blog. I enjoy finding new blogs and projects bloggers make.
    Your tutorial for the candle holders was terrific.
    Happy Week

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  12. Seriously beautiful! My tree this year is white, turquoise and silver!

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  13. This is so great and so beautiful! I love the blue! Would love if if you linked up on my blog hop www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

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  14. Love this! I saw a pretty candle holder at the store that had this effect and I was wondering how to do it. Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

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  15. Something so simple turns out to be so elegant. Thanks for sharing

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  16. What a fun idea! They turned out so beautiful - pinning and sharing on Facebook :) Thank you so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout.

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  17. These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing all the steps. This is definitely a project to try.

    Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art.com

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  18. Hi Rachel! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial combining TWO paint techniques for the little votives...I think they are amazing! This looks like a great way to make classy votives if someone needed a specific color scheme for a wedding or party (and then to have to use afterwards of course). I am pinning them right now so I can remember this technique you created. I saw your post over at CSI blog link up.

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  19. Holy wow, this is sweet! What an awesome way to spruce up those old boring glass votives! I've never heard of the Looking Glass Paint, do you think it's a necessity for this project or you just liked the metallic mixed with blue? Did you "bake" the votives just to speed up the drying process or does the heat make the Mod Podge act like more of a glaze? Sorry for the million questions but I'd love to do this project with things I already have around the house. Thanks a bunch for the inspiration and instructions!

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    1. I didn't mix the paint. The looking glass paint is specially formulated to look like a mirror when sprayed onto the "wrong" side of the glass, so I wouldn't replace that. I found the looking glass paint at walmart, and you can go on their website to see if your local store carries it. The store closest to me doesn't. I don't know if the modge mixture will dry clear if you don't bake it; I didn't try that.

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