I've been playing with paint again!
Have you seen the movie It's Complicated, with Meryl Streep? Do you remember the bathtub scene in that movie? She had the most gorgeous mercury glass votive candle cups in her bathroom...LOVE! I've been dreaming of perhaps scoring some mercury glass in my thrifty adventures, but so far....no such luck.
Enter my friend, Blogless Kimm. She mentioned that she was going to try and create some faux mercury glass. She specifically wanted to make her own version of a mercury glass pumpkin she had spied at Pottery Barn a while ago.
I've seen several tutorials on recreating the Pottery Barn pumpkin online...but our endeavor is a bit different in that we aren't using a solid glass pumpkin....nope. We're using a pumpkin candy dish! I'm sure you've seen them! We each picked one up at G'Willy's on the cheap!
I found the Krylon Looking Glass paint at Hobby Lobby ...and it is imperative that you get the Looking Glass paint, because otherwise you'll just end up with something silver. I also picked up another candle cup for cheap to practice the technique.
Basically you tape off your container.
LIGHTLY mist the inside with water....a FINE mist is best...ask me how I know! ;o)
And then...SHAKE the can of Looking Glass paint VERY WELL...and begin to spray on the INSIDE of the container....you must spray on the inside, so whatever you're making in to mercury glass will NOT be food safe, but that was fine with me...I'm thinking candlelight! Turn the container upside down and allow to dry between layers of paint. The paint, the water, and the gravity will all work together to give you the look of mercury glass!
It takes quite a LOT of layers of the Looking Glass paint to get this effect. I like it!!
This weekend I tackled the pumpkin. Who knew that creating your own mercury glass could be so fulfilling...yet cause marital strife?
I cannot help it if we are living in the frozen tundra...there's creative work to be done! So I cracked open the window in the store room of the basement and set to work. Thus the marital strife!
Apparently one should use only a UL Approved paint booth for such endeavors! HA! I'm being sarcastic, but hubs was NOT happy that I was spray painting in the basement.
We weren't overcome with fumes.....there was just a strange scent in the air for a bit.
Of course this sent a certain someone over the EDGE, but hey...like I said...creative work to be done and a climate that does not cooperate with outdoor activity...deal with it!
I really like the way this turned out.
Again...many coats were sprayed......(ahem....it's nice to have a fan going)
I am sold.
The glow of candlelight...the look of mercury glass.
I still have quite a bit of paint left in that can! I'm going to collect some small votive cups and spray a whole little collection....when it's warmer outside and I can do it in a well ventilated area, of course! ;o)