I first posted this tutorial 5 years ago and It surprised me by going viral. I took a break from blogging and refinishing. Here is a link to the original post. There are some really interesting comments. It is still an awesome tutorial and technique. This Tutorial is simple. Faux mercury glass is beautiful on its own but wouldn’t it be fun to do it in any color?
When I first found out how to do Faux mercury glass, my first question was how to do it in blue (blue glass is my not so secret obsession)??? I figured it out and I want to share it
If you only want to color your glass and skip the faux mercury fun and just do colored glass, I have a Colored Glass tutorial here. Or If you only want to do the faux mercury finish check out this tutorial Mercy Glass tutorial.
Here is what you will need for this project:
- Some clean glass pieces
- paper towels
- a spray bottle with 50% water, and 50% vinegar
- Krylon Looking glass spray (very important you need this exact paint)
- Pebeo Vitrea 160 Glass paint in the color of your choice
- Pebeo Vitrea 160 thinner
Unfortunately, both of the paints can be hard to find. I took a peek at both Michael’s and Joanne’s recently and they weren’t there. You might think, “Oh I’ll get that glass paint I saw at the craft store.” Don’t! I made mistakes with all those other paints so you don’t have to. Your piece won’t come out the same. Vitrea 160 is very transparent and gives the illusion that the paint was made in that color. It’s worth the trouble. Get Pebeo Vitrea 160 from Amazon here. Get the Krylon Glass paint from Amazon here.
1. First, you are going to color the glass.
2) Mix with the Pebeo thinner and paint on your piece. Use a wide brush and work quickly. The brush I use is about 3/4 inch wide. Paint the outside of your piece quickly. Hold it inside the neck; flip it over and paint the bottom.
Let it dry for 24 hours. No touching! If you would like it to be waterproof, bake it in your oven for 40 mins at 325. If you don’t care if it is waterproof you can skip this step.
Keep in mind the paint doesn’t go on perfectly. You will probably have some streaks and unevenness in the color. To me, it doesn’t matter but just a warning for you perfectionists out there. Also, It does not have to be perfect; The color will be covered with your faux mercury finish.
When you bake don’t preheat your oven, bake at 325 for 40 mins and leave the glass in the oven until it’s cool. That way, the glass doesn’t experience a big temperature change and crack.
Now your glass is colored, time to get the Faux mercury look.
3) Clean your glass against stray lint. Don’t worry about your painted surface it is now stable and can handle a cleaning. Your next step is should be done outside to avoid the paint fumes. Remember, this is spray paint.
4) Mist your glass with a 50% water and vinegar solution from your spray bottle. Spray your glass piece enough so it has water bubbles and is running. You might see other tutorials that say don’t let your water run on the glass. I say let it run! The running water creates more texture and the more texture the better. The instructions on the Krylon looking glass will say spray on the inside, trust me spray on the outside. If you plan on to using it as a vase you will want to fill inside with water and if you spray it on the inside you will ruin the finish.
6) Spray the paint over your misted pieces. The liquid will prevent the paint from sticking. Leave it for a minute or two and blot with the paper towel. Then repeat until you get the look you want. You can choose to have it very transparent or add more layers to be more opaque. The outcome is gorgeous either way.
So that is – mist, spray, wait, blot, and repeat till you are thrilled. It’s easy and fun. I don’t think you can make a mistake. Finally something I can’t screw up. So try it! let me know how it goes and share your results!! Until next time!