Project: Mercury Glass Vase

18 Jan

I started my first project!

I like the look of mercury glass for candle holders and vases, but I’m having a hard time finding the sizes and shapes that I want.  I attempted to make a faux mercury glass vase.

I bought a kit that has gold leaf, adhesive and sealer.  The kit was only $10 at Hobby Lobby and I had a 40% off coupon.  I would have rather used silver leaf to get the look of mercury glass but they only had the kit with gold leaf, they do sell silver leaf and the adhesive and sealer separately but I wanted to test it out before I put more money into the project.  It was $4 for a jar of sealer or adhesive and $8 for the spray, I think the silver leaf was $10.

To start I washed a clear, cylinder glass vase and dried with a paper towel.  Coated the inside of the vase with the adhesive, the instructions said to let it sit for 30-60 minutes until it was tacky but it only took about 5-10.  Next I tore small pieces from a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ gold leaf sheet and applied it to the inside of the vase with my fingers.  It’s a little tedious, but I really like how it came out.  I used 3 of the gold leaf sheets to fill in the vase.  The vase is about 5″ tall and 5″ wide.  After I finished putting the gold leaf on I ran my finger along the inside of the vase to break off any loose pieces and make sure everything was pushed down. Then I applied a layer of sealer with a paint brush.  Now I just have to wait until it dries and I can test it out with some water and see how it holds up.  I’m assuming the adhesive and sealer are flammable so if I do this for candles I’ll have to do it on the outside of the glass or find another way of adhering the leaf to the glass.  Here are some photos of the process.

UPDATE:

My FI gave me flowers yesterday, he brought them home after work! I took this as an opportunity to test out the gold leaf vase.   Unfortunately the sealer doesn’t do well with water, it looks like it did when I first put it on the vase before it dried clear.  It’s foggy where the water is but fine above the water level. (See photos above)  If I do the gold or silver leaf for vases and candle holders it will have to be done on the outside of the vase.  I’ll try it on a candle holder next.

 

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2 Responses to “Project: Mercury Glass Vase”

  1. laurel January 29, 2011 at 4:18 PM #

    that is really pretty…. i think you’re right, in that it would work much better on the outside. i have so many boring simple clear vases, and this look is gorgeous.

    waiting to see what packer ideas you have for decorating! i came here via google because i’m looking for ideas for this weekend, i’ll add you to my google reader so i can see when you update…

    • moderndaysoiree January 30, 2011 at 9:04 PM #

      Thanks Laurel, I’m glad you found my blog!
      I found a few ideas for the Super Bowl, I’ll post those for you since I don’t have any projects done yet.

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