Mercury Glass Hydrangea Project

November 15, 2012 at 10:17 am (Creative adventures)

I have a few favorite blogs I peruse weekly.  One of them is Team Studer — I love reading about Tab’s adventures with her two children and darling hubby.  Another blog I read is One Creative Couple.  I took painting lessons from Paul and Cathy for about 5 years.  They encouraged my talent, encouraged my soul, and offered me friendship.

Paul and Cathy wrote a blog about creating distressed metal, aged pewter, and mercury glass.  The section on the mercury glass intrigued me.  I let the idea marinate in my brain…  Hmmmm…  I bought a bouquet of dried Hydrangeas from a booth at the Potato Festival and didn’t know what I was going to do with them.

I decided to use Paul and Cathy’s tutorial on creating mercury glass for my project. I will describe it here, but for in-depth instruction, follow their blog.

  •  Glass vase (I purchased mine from Goodwill for $1.99)
  •  Krylon Mirror Spray Paint (must use exact paint).
  • Painters tape and newspaper
  • gloves
  • 50/50 solution of water/white vinegar in a spray bottle

Glass vase and dried hydrangeas

I taped the outside of the vase well.

Vase taped to the gills 🙂

The important thing to remember is, you must spray the INSIDE of the vase.  As you can see, I chose a warm November day to take my project outside.  Make sure to wear gloves.  It was a little tricky to get the mirror paint inside a curvy vase, but, with a little effort, I did.  Paul and Cathy say to spray four light coats, giving one minute of drying time between coats.  I must admit that, because of all of the curves, it took me a few more coats to get everything completely mirrored.

Mirror paint applied to the INSIDE of the vase.

I then took my solution of white vinegar/water in a small spray bottle and sprayed the inside of the vase.  I let it sit for a few minutes.  Then, taking a paper towel, which was also soaked in the solution, I started to rub some of the mirror spray off.  I allowed it to happen organically.  It took a little elbow grease because I think I sprayed too many layers of paint on some of the curves 🙂

You can see the distressed areas on the vase (they look black). You can also see me taking the picture 🙂

Ta-Da!!  It is a beautiful addition to our kitchen table.  The blue doily was my Grandma Amelia’s.

The finished project



  1. Estella said,

    That looks great!!!

  2. Paul said,

    Oh wow. That looks really great Mel. It is such a great technique.


  3. Theresa in Mérida said,

    I love it! You did a fabulous job!

  4. Karen said,

    Really beautiful! I love your table and chairs!

  5. A Unique Table runner | Melodyejoy's Weblog said,

    […] The vase is one I “mirrored” myself.  You can see the tutorial here. […]

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