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Today I am so happy to introduce you to my adorable friend Claire. I first “met” Claire over two years ago when she discovered my goofy You Tube videos and became an expert coupon-user, regular blog reader, and frequent commenter. I was lucky enough to meet her in person this past January at the Beech Retreat, and then again at Blissdom, and she is a joy to be around. Be sure to check out all the amazing recipes and thrifty craft projects on her great blogA Little Claireification.

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Hi there! I’m Claire! I am so tickled to be here at Living Well Spending Less, today. I have followed along with Ruth for over two years now, so this is such a treat! I am also super excited to share this easy DIY Mercury Glass tutorial. Just like Ruth, I too love easy and budget-friendly ideas and this one definitely fits that bill!

There are so many Mercury Glass projects out there all over Pinterest and and I have always wanted to try it myself . I actually cannot believe I waited so long – it’s just really “stupid easy” but… the caveat is this:

WARNING {danger, danger!}:
Making your own mercury glass is HIGHLY addictive! You might just be tempted to transform every piece of clear glass in your house so, please. Proceed with caution. 😉

You’ll need the following things to get started:

  • “Looking Glass” mirror-like spray paint by Krylon (this is the most expensive part of the project as a can costs about $10 BUT… if you take a coupon to your favorite craft store, you can most likely get it get it for 40-50% off – yay! I actually had a $5 off coupon for Ace Hardware so that is where I purchased mine.
  • White Vinegar
  • Water
  • A clean spray bottle
  • Paper towels or a soft rag for blotting
  • Clear glass pieces you want to transform (I am a little obsessive about candles so I already had all sorts of things on hand, but you can also easily thrift some clear glass items for .50-$1.00 each)

First, I looked around the house and rounded up my little glass collection.

The supplies you'll need for your DIY mercury glass project - clear glass and Krylon "Looking Glass" spray paint.

You want to make sure the items you will be painting are clean and completely dry {clearly I had to wash these after the picture!}.

In the spray bottle, mix 50% water with 50% white vinegar. I used about 1/4 cup of each and that was plenty.

I started with a mini glass “hurricane” – I have at least 20 of these that I bought years ago and I use them for outside parties. You can find something similar at the dollar store.

A mini hurricane glass is the perfect starting point for a DIY mercury glass project. It's small and can be used for a lot of different things.

Now, if you read the directions on the “Looking Glass” spray, it says to spray the INSIDE of the piece. Well {little, redheaded rebel that I am} I bucked THAT whole system after loads of research online and I decided to apply it on the OUTSIDE. Not only is it more manageable to distress but, hello? I’d also like to actually USE these pieces for flowers or candles, etc.

I placed the glass upside down on some newspapers and got ready to go. You want to do one piece at a time since you have to work fast, so have your vinegar solution and {well shaken} “Looking Glass” spray standing by.

Start by lightly misting the glass all over with the vinegar solution. You want little beads, not a runny mess so this was a little bit of trial and error for me too. Immediately spray a very thin coat of “Looking Glass” spray, lightly coating the outside of the glass.

Here is the result of one coat of spray paint and vinegar solution on this DIY mercury glass vase. .

You can see I did have a few drops that were running on this first attempt, but that’s ok. Each piece is going to look very different which is the cool thing about mercury glass. After one minute, lightly blot the glass with a soft rag or paper towel. You can use a light circular motion – I pressed a little harder in some areas to distress the paint. In some spots it even removes the paint, giving it a very worn or crackly look.

I repeated this process three times – mist with the vinegar, spray with”Looking Glass”, allow to set for 30 seconds to one minute and then distress. Wait a minute or two and repeat. I turned my pieces right side up for the last 1-2 coats to cover the lip of each. You can add as many coats as you would like. I stuck with 3-4 on all of my pieces.

Here’s a look at the Hurricanes before and after. Love.

Before, in progress, and after two coats of spray paint. This DIY mercury glass tutorial is so easy to follow.

Next up, a random glass vase that was under my kitchen sink. I could not even tell you where it came from but I know I did not buy it so it must have come with some flowers I received at one point. I used the same method, working quickly to distress between coats.

Look at this great transformation on this DIY mercury glass project! It's so easy to follow and looks great!

The possibilities are pretty endless! I also used a glass votive and a jam jar since I have been saving those (repeat after me: “I am not a hoarder, I am a crafter.”) But I AM just a smucker sucker for before and afters:

You can transform just about any clear glass with this easy DIY mercury glass tutorial - a jelly jar, mason jar, or mini hurricane glass!

The glass on the votives already had a pattern so I used the least amount of spray on these. Very “Anthropologie” like! And I still have a little “Looking Glass” spray left after these 4 pieces so now I am keeping an eye out for which thing I want to cover next.

I hope you have a chance to try it out out soon – it really is so easy to do! You can find out a little more about me {& my cheese addiction & crazy obstacle course mud run obsession & more} HERE, so come on over and say hello – I would absolutely love to hear about any mercury glass projects you make, or have already made, too.

Thanks so much again for having me over today, Ruth!!

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Thank you SO much Claire for this awesome tutorial!  If you are interested in guest posting at LWSL please email me at ruth@livingwellspendingless.com for guest post guidelines!

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Isn’t that the coolest DiY project ever? I am so excited to try this!! Have you ever made your own mercury glass?