I love the look of mercury glass. Whenever I go to thrift stores I see what seems like a million clear glass items. On Pinterest I saw lots of DIY faux mercury glass tutorials, and after reading a bunch of them and trying two different ways, I finally figured out a style I like.
I mostly followed 17 Apart’s Tutorial, they posted an awesome step by step process. The only things I did differently was #1 I sprayed more water/vinegar on the glass because I wanted more texture, #2 I did an extra 2-3 coats, #3 On the final coat I sprayed a less water/vinegar before the coat of looking glass spray so it would cover up and “drips” in the previous coats from spraying more (I liked the extra see through texture, but I didn’t want the drips that come from more liquid).
-Krylon Looking Glass Spray (I tried both regular spray paint and the looking glass spray, definitely use the looking glass spray)
-Spray Bottle: fill with equal parts water and vinegar (both white and rice vinegar will work)
-Clear Glass Item: Mason jars, glass milk liters, etc. all look awesome
#1 Clean your glass item first #2 Spray an even layer of the water/vinegar mixture #3 Also spray an even coat of the Krylon Looking Glass Spray over the water/vinegar mixture #4 Let dry for about a minute (I waited about 45 seconds, but I waited about 60 seconds on the last coat) #5 Pat with a slightly damp paper towel #6 Repeat until you get the effect you like
*The spray gets more metallic as it dries, so let dry a little before doing too many coats.
There you have it, a faux mercury glass finish! I love mine, I have it in my living room now.