This is a simple Tutorial on how do beautiful faux mercury glass in almost any color
Faux mercury glass is so beautiful on its own, but wouldn’t it be fun to do it in any color?
From the moment I discovered how to make Faux mercury glass have been trying to figure out how to do it in blue. I love blue. A water resistant blue that was very important to me. I wanted to put water and flowers in my beautiful creation. After sending way too much time Pinterest I figured it out and I want to share.
If you only want to color your glass and skip the faux mercury fun I have a colored glass tutorial here.
You will need:
some glass pieces you want to transform
a spray bottle with 50% water and vinegar solution,
Krylon Looking glass spray. It’s very important you need this exact paint. You can find it at Amazon, A.C. Moore, Michaels, etc.
Pebeo Vitrea 160 Glass paint in the color of your choice. Also very important you need this exact paint. Pebeo has other types of paint but you need Pebeo Vitrea 160.
You also need Pebeo Vitrea 160 gloss medium. This will thin the glass paint without losing intensity.
I chose Turquoise, and I am madly in love with it. I have painted just about every available glass surface in my house. I was lucky and found the Looking Glass spray at my Walmart but I had to order the Pebeo Vitrea 160 on Amazon. I have thoughtfully added links to both these products in an Amazon box to the right of this post.
You might be thinking- Hey I have seen glass paint at the craft store I’ll use that!
I tried those other paints and I wasn’t happy with the color or the finish. The end product looks like you painted some glass with paint. The Vitrea has an intensity that’s just gorgeous. It is intense and transparent. On some on my pieces you cannot tell it is painted.
So let’s get started! First we need to color the glass. The hardest part of this is waiting for it to dry a whole 24hrs. Mix with the Pebeo gloss medium and paint. I have gotten the best the results from painting on the outside of the piece.
Mix your paint with the gloss medium. A little paint goes a long way, you just need a drop. I use much more medium than paint. I mix about 1 part paint to 10 parts thinner. I test the paint on an inconspicuous part of the piece to check the color. If it is too light I add a touch more paint. If it too strong I add some more gloss medium. I use a large flat brush. I brush on the color all around but leave the bottom unpainted. I set the piece on it’s neck to dry and paint the bottom last. Let it dry for 24 hours.You can handle the piece after about 2 hours if you have to move it. The color gets a little more intense as it dries. After you have waited patiently for 24 hours bake it for 40 mins at 325 to make it fully water proof. When you bake don’t preheat, and leave the glass in there until the oven is cool. That way the glass doesn’t experience a big temperature change and crack (that has happened to me).
Now your glass is colored, it’s time to get the Faux mercury look. Clean with a bit of alcohol on a paper towel to clear any bits of lint. Don’t worry about your painted surface it can through a dishwasher on the top shelf now .
Do your painting outside to avoid the fumes. Mist you glass with your spray bottle of water and vinegar solution. Mist you glass piece so it has bubbles. I like to have drips on mine, experiment and see what you like best. You might see other tutorials that say don’t let your water run on the glass. I say let it run! The more texture the better. The instructions on the Krylon looking glass will say spray on the inside, trust me spray on the outside. If you spray on the outside you will be able to use it as a proper vase and fill it with water if you spare on the inside you won’t be able to fill it water. Filling it will ruin the finish. the outcome is just as beautiful on the outside.
Spray the paint over your misted pieces. The water and vinegar mixture will prevent the paint from sticking in some spots. Leave it for a minute of two and blot with the paper towel, repeat until you get the look you want. You can choose to have a very transparent look and just spray once or add more layers of paint. The outcome is gorgeous either way: mist , wait, spray repeat until you love it. It’s easy and fun. I don’t think you can make a mistake. How cool is that. Good Luck. Till next time. And share you pictures with me. Melissa