Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Faux Mess--Maury to the Rescue

Am I the only person who didn't know not to wash faux mercury glass? And, I don't mean put it in the dishwasher. I mean wash it by hand in dish detergent.

Trying to put a super sparkle on my store-bought mercury glass votives recently sent me into a panic and made my husband feel really bad. I set all my pieces out to clean them up and he offered to wash them for me. An offer I gladly accepted because he's nothing if not thorough. When he was nearly done washing all of them, he realized there were chunks of silver floating among the detergent bubbles. Pretty to look at, but not good.

As you can see, not all of the faux mercury washed away--just the majority of it. I quickly regained enough composure to turn my focus from what could have been a total loss to what I hoped would be a solution.

I remembered Maury at Life on Mars had shared a tutorial on creating your own faux mercury glass. I had always intended to try it--on a piece of my choosing, not on a reclamation project. But, what the heck, this could save me from my own stupidity.

Maury's tutorial is excellent. I wrapped the outsides of my votive glasses in wide masking tape and sprayed and spritzed away.

I gave each glass two light coats of Krylon Looking Glass paint, which, when combined with the scraps of mercury that remained on each one, created a nice layered look. Once the glass votives were incorporated into the rest of the holiday decor and the tea lights lit, no one would be the wiser.

Uh . . . except that I just confessed to the world.

Make it a great day!


  1. Found you over at Busy Martha's! Thanks for the confession...we have all been there at something that went awry!

  2. You are not the only one because I didn't know that either. Thanks for the lesson and I'm so glad you were able to make them beautiful again!

  3. These look great. Now that's what I call a happy accident. Nice job!

  4. Nice recovery...They came out really nice...Lemonade out of lemons...I was trying to think of something witty using silver but my mind blanked out!! LOL

    I am going to have to try this technique...

    Happy Holidays Ann!

    Linda :)

  5. Beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing the season at Potpourri Friday! May you have a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays!

  6. I did not know that either! Thanks for the warning I'm using mercury glass in my decorating this year too! If you get a chance stop by and see my pink & white holiday. Love your white tree, have a wonderful holiday season, Laura

  7. These ended up looking great. Just right for the holidays!

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog. If you're interested, I have a few giveaways going on now too, that I'd love for you to enter:

  8. Great post Ann. I can really relate to this and love that you turned a mistake into an opportunity to learn something new!


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