Sunday, January 6, 2013

Mercury Glass - Faux Beautiful

A lazy Sunday -- I just got back from church, and delivering eggs. (The chickies now have two regular customers.) Daughter #1 is spending the weekend with us, which is lovely. She's already bustled around, loaded and unloaded my dishwasher, and cleaned the refrigerator out. (She's quitting smoking -- I'm so proud of her for doing that! -- and says keeping her hands busy helps. Hey, I'm just glad to have a cleaner kitchen out of it.)

Just saw a simple-but-effective way to copy mercury glass, that silvery stuff you see in antiques. Pricey antiques. (A nice visual guide is here.)

This version can make modern plastic and glass look surprisingly like the real stuff! Jill from Create.Craft.Love came up with it, using Krylon's Looking Glass Paint. She transformed a polar bear kid's toy into a beautiful glass Christmas ornament:



Take a look here for the full process. Can't you see using this technique to transform vases, jars and decorative pieces?

English mercury glass, from Wikipedia -- the antique stuff.Wonderful, when you can afford it.



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