As you may know I have been bitten by the Mercury Glass Bug. Mercury glass has the abilty to add glitz and glam with vintage appeal to your home. Vintage Mercury glass can be quite expensive. Reproduction mercury glass has been popping up everywhere but even that can be expensive.
I wanted a mercury glass lamp for my livingroom and decided I wanted to try and make one myself, or atleast faux finish one that looked similar to the real thing. I began researching it online figuring SOMEONE must have tried this already. I did find a few different techniques and decided on trying one that consisted of using a spray bottle of water and silver metallic spray paint.
I went to my favorite local thrift store and found this clear glass lamp for only a few dollars.
As you can see it was full of seashells and I swear I pulled a muscle lugging it over to the checkout counter!
I brought it home and began by dismantling it and removing all the shells. I was left with two BIG bowls of seashells. Living on the coast I am sure I can come up with some ways to use them in future projects.
I layed out the rest of the lamp outside and sprayed the base and hardware with the silver spray paint.
The next step was to lightly mist the INSIDE of the glass with water and then lightly spray (unevenly) the inside with the silver spray paint. The water droplets keep the paint sticking to the surface of the glass in some places, mimicking the look of mercury glass.
When completely dry I reassembled and rewired the lamp. I added a brand new shade I picked up at a local discount store. So…What do you think of my Faux Mercury Glass Lamp
Faux mercury glass? I am not quite sure about that but I think it came out looking pretty cool!
I was a little disappointed that the paint was not as shiny as the cap on the can had led me to believe. I chalk it up to “Ya live and learn” I read about another technique gals are using with applying silver foil to the surface. I think next time I will have to give that a try.
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