Tools & Materials
A plain hurricane imitates antique mercury glass with a mottled-mirror paint finish. A simple spray of special paint will create a metallic coating that harkens back to old-time materials.
Prep Glass Piece
Wash and dry the glass piece. Lay the piece on its side, and spritz the bottom of the interior with water so that beads form on the glass.
Spray a Coat
Shake the spray paint for 2 minutes before using for the first time. Wearing a protective face mask and gloves, angle the can into the vase at the wet surface. Spray one coat lightly in short spurts.
Spray a Second Coat
Let dry for about 10 minutes. You should see, from the outside, the color turn from a dull silver to a mirrored finish. Spray a second coat for more coverage as desired.
Once the paint starts to dry, dab the inside with a paper towel to absorb the water and enhance the mottled finish. You can also use the paper towel to sop up any remaining paint pooling at the bottom of the vase.
Repeat and Let Dry
Turn the vase and repeat for the other side. If desired, add another coat of paint to the inside of the hurricane for a more opaque finish. Let dry for at least 24 hours before using the piece. If you’re using it as a vase, like we did, place a jar or glass inside the hurricane to safely hold cut flowers.