For this week – I am going to be showcasing a couple of the holiday crafts I have been working on around the house. One of my big projects has been my outdoor decorations – and as soon as I saw these is the Pottery Barn catalog – I knew I wanted to do the same thing. And it is a good thing – because they were sold out of these almost immediately.
Photo via Pottery Barn
So I was super excited when I found some BIG blue ornaments at a yard sale in late September. I got five of them for $2.50. A couple of weeks ago I gathered them up and decided to try my hand at a faux mercury treatment. Here are some before pics! Like my lovely spray painting set up? Who said you can’t use a shepherds hook off season!
Ok – so there are a there are literally a ton of different ways out there to recreate mercury glass. I am going to show you guys how I did it. First, I sprayed the ornament with silver metallic spray paint that I happened to have on hand.
Then to create the mottled, aged look – I did quick burst sprays using some silver hammered metallic spray. It created the “spots” you see on mercury glass pretty well. And if you ever oversprayed on the hammered spray – you just needed to recoat with a little of the metallic spray and start over.
So here is a final shot of them drying. I think they turned out pretty well.
Now – I will have to say that they would have probably looked a little more like PB’s version if I would have used the mirrored spray paint. But I still love how they came out. I will have to show you my full outdoor display later this week.
So what do you think? Have you ever done a faux mercury glass project? What technique did you use? I wanna know!
Linking this up to
Before and After Party with Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick
Christmas Crafts Party with Kate @ The Centsational Girl
Get Your Craft On with Kim @ Today’s Creative Blog
Power of Paint Party with Mary Ann @ Domestically Speaking
Weekend Wrap Party with Jen @ Tatertots & Jello