DIY Copper Mercury Glass

I know that you have seen the beautiful trend of mercury glass at weddings and in decor already.  Even if you have, I have a little twist on the classic mercury(silver).  Let’s spice things up for the holidays with copper and bronze mercury glass!

AntiqTextDotBallCpr3inF11 Here are the DIY instructions:

-You need highly reflective spray paint in whatever color you want.  For the copper I would choose:

Valspar Brillian Metal (Not cheap at $35.00 but will go a long way) or

Krylon Premium Metallic in Copper (way better value)

Krylon 1020A 8 Ounce COP Met Spray Paint

Valspar 465-66011 12 oz Brilliant Metal Spray Paint, Copper (6 Pack)

-You will also need a spray bottle mixed with 50% water and 50% white vinegar.

-Paper towels.

-Painters tape


To get started collect glass vases from your local hobby store or even a dollar store.  Clean them very well and make sure no lint remains.

Lay down newspaper to protect any surfaces from paint

Wrap the painters tape around the top exterior rim of  your vase. {I don’t know about you, but I am very messy with paint}

Spray the interior of your vase with paint.  Go slow here.  Small bursts of paint.  Irregularity is perfect.   Let it dry no more than two minutes.

Now spritz the interior again with your vinegar/water mixture and let it work for about twenty seconds.

Grab those paper towels and lightly start rubbing off the paint in sections.  Get a feel for how much light you want peeking out of the glass.

Let dry entirely and Voila!


Posted on November 4, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Gorgeous! I love it! I have a TON of plain vases that are about to get a facelift thanks to you!

  2. So cool. Love the romantic vintage look!

  3. I have actually been thinking about this for a few days, wondering about developing a DIY project, as it’s what I want for my own wedding. Thanks a mill for doing the hard work for me! Delighted, will give it a go this weekend.

  4. Thank you SO much for this tutorial! I’ve been wanting to do mercury glass upgrades to some vases around the house!

  5. Amazing! LOVE these, and I never knew you could DIY! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. what a fantastic DIY! Definitely doing this for some holiday decor!

  7. this is so cool. i hope mine turn out as well as yours!

  8. I never would have considered this!

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