Bizzaro Maria (lumpyhead) wrote in weddingplans,
Bizzaro Maria

DIY Gold Mercury Glass

I have a wedding coming up at the end of this month for a client that wants gold mercury glass vases. Shopping around, I saw that they ranged in price from $15 - $75 each depending on style and size. Because the container that I really thought was perfect was more like $75each, I decided to try my hand at making my own.

I combined a couple DIY tutorials I found online. With a little patience and time, it didn't look too shabby.

Tools needed:
- Latex Gloves (I learned the hard way and kinda looked like the tin man.)
- Small spray bottle of water. (Mine says hairspray, but I swear it's just water.)
- Spray bottle of white vinegar.
- Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint
- Gold Spray paint.
- Acrylic clear coat.
- Paper Towel
- Paint tape.

Last year, I had a client that needed silver mercury glass vases. So, I had DIYd those as well.
This is how those turned out using a combo of silver leaf, spray paint, etc.

Fortunately for me, I still had 9 left over that had not been treated, the perfect amount for this project! In it's clear state:

Step 1: Wash and dry the containers.
With a lot of TV watching, I sat there and carefully masked off the outside of the vases and all of my votive holders with painters tape:
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Step 2: Take your water bottle and then spritz the inside so that water beads on the glass but doesn't run.
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Step 3: Immediately lightly spray a layer of gold spray paint.

Step 4: Then spritz on the pure white vinegar.
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Step 5: Wait 1min, then gently blot/rub with paper towel for this result...
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Step 6: Repeat steps 2-5 for a second layer of gold

Step 7: Spray two layers of very thin looking glass spray paint. This is a thin paint, and if you spray too much, it will run.
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Step 8: Now, I did not do this step for the vases because they're going to be filled with flowers and no one will see the inside. However, I did a 3rd coat of gold paint using steps 2-5 for the votives because people will see inside them.

Step 9: Finish off with 2 layers of protective clear acrylic.

It's important to note that vases treated like this are NOT made to contain water, be eaten or drunk out of. The vases will have a small plastic container in them that will hold the floral foam and flowers.

After it dries, remove the tape and admire your work.


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