Do you long to have elegant mercury glass in your home, but gasp when you see the pricetag? For less than $1.50 each, I claimed a little of the glamourous life and stayed happily within my budget by making Mercury Glass for myself. I would love to share with you how I did it!
A few years ago I became smitten with mercury glass. That elegant shiny finish just screamed “buy me” and I was helpless to resist! My first pieces were tealight holders and were not really expensive, so it was okay. As my love grew, so did the size and the cost of the pieces I wanted to buy. To satisfy my desire for more, and to salvage my budget, I decided to learn how to make this beautiful glass myself.
Glass dinner plates I bought at IKEA became the base for my mercury glass dinner plates. You can see HERE how the plain glass plates looked in a Spring tablescape. I followed these steps to make my own Mercury Glass Dinner Plates.
1. Gather the materials you need for the project
8 plain glass plates
1 spray bottle with 1 part water to 1 part white vinegar solution, mixed well
paper towel for blotting
2. Lay out the plates with the back of the plate facing upward. The spraying will all be done on the back of the plates.
3. Working one plate at a time, spray each plate with a fine mist of the vinegar/water solution.
4. Working one plate at a time, spray each plate with several thin coats of Rustoleum Mirror Effect.
5. Use the paper towel to blot off the vinegar/water solution, and some of the mirror effect if you wish to create a design. ** The Mirror Effect dries very quickly, so complete the misting, mirror effect and blotting one plate at a time**
6. After the Rustoleum Mirror Effect is completely dry, coat the back of each plate with a thin spray of Krylon Fusion Flat Black. Allow to dry completely.
7. Apply a thick coat of Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating to the back of each plate to protect from scratches. Let the plates dry for 48 hours before using.
Do you like the plates I made? Do you have any questions for me? Please leave any questions in the comment area and I wll answer them for you. I hope you have a wonderful week!
Till next time – Christine
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