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How to Make New Glass Look Like Mercury Glass

Give plain glass a mottled mercury finish

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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.


Steps // How to Make New Glass Look Like Mercury Glass
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Prep Glass Piece

 
Step One // How to Make New Glass Look Like Mercury Glass

Prep Glass Piece

make glass look like mercury glass wash glass piece
Photo by Lisa Shin

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.

 
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Spray a Coat

 
Step Two // How to Make New Glass Look Like Mercury Glass

Spray a Coat

make glass look like mercury glass spray paint glass piece
Photo by Lisa Shin

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.

 
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Spray a Second Coat

 
Step Three // How to Make New Glass Look Like Mercury Glass

Spray a Second Coat

make glass look like mercury glass apply second coat of paint
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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.

 
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Dab Dry

 
Step Four // How to Make New Glass Look Like Mercury Glass

Dab Dry

make glass look like mercury glass dab dry
Photo by Lisa Shin

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.

 
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Repeat and Let Dry

 
Step Five // How to Make New Glass Look Like Mercury Glass

Repeat and Let Dry

make glass look like mercury glass repeat spraying paint on outside of vase and let dry
Photo by Lisa Shin

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.

 
 
 

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