Thursday, April 19, 2012

Dollar Tree Blue Mercury Glass


When I saw a challenge at The CSI Project to create something with items from the dollar store, I knew exactly what I wanted to try:  painting glass!  This tutorial will show you how incredibly easy it is to paint a dollar store glass candle holder to match your home decor or party theme.

Heidi over at Mom's Crafty Space  did a tutorial on how to DIY mercury glass, and I was itching to see how it would look with other colors.

I started with a very nice block candle holder from Dollar Tree.


I sprayed the inside with water.



 Then I sprayed the wet glass with Krylon Ocean Breeze spray paint.  The blue wasn't dark enough for me, so I spritzed again with water and added a second spray of paint.

Next time I will cover the exterior of the glass with tape.  It was easy to scrape the overspray off, but still annoying.


 Finally,  I diluted some Deco Art white acrylic paint with a clear Americana gloss varnish and painted the inside, to help highlight the contrasts and seal the finish.


 I filled my pretty new decorative glass with colored glass stones, also from the Dollar Tree.

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14 comments:

  1. Super cute! I'm totally loving the white behind the blue too - great job!

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  2. I've been seeing mercury glass everywhere and I think I'm finally inspired to do it myself. I love how it turned out!

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  3. Thank you, Janny! I was really surprised at how easy it was and now I want to make them in lots of colors!

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  4. I can't wait to try this ....

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  5. This looks so great. I've been totally wanting to try mercury glass, too!

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  6. Well, that is just too neato! Good Job!

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  7. Wow! That turned out really well! Who'd have thought dollar store plus spray paint and water would equal something so cool? Thanks for entering One Crafty Contest; good luck!

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  8. Very cool! I had no idea that's how you made mercury glass. I like it!

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  9. Thank you for all your encouraging comments!

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  10. I love this and the color is perfect. Thanks for entering One Crafty Contest and Good Luck, xoxo

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  11. I suggest you get a copyright before someone would stole your idea.

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