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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Your Input Needed ..

Hello my dear friends,

today's post is not a sharing post but a post where I am asking you for advice ~ help ~ information ~ input!

I have many metal stars hanging in my house. Some are rusty, some are painted and some are plain metal. I have decided to change my style a little and my stars are the thing I would like to start with. I would love to give them a unified look in a special way. Now if this way is possible or not I don't know and that is where all you lovely bloggers come in hand.

The look I would love to achieve is the look of mercury glass! Yes, I think it would look amazing to have all my stars look like or at least get very close to looking like mercury glass. I have seen several tutorials on how to give glass this look, the lovely Lori from Katie's Rose Cottage did a short tutorial on glass. Unfortunately so far I didn't find anything on giving metal this look.

So .... your input is so needed right now. If any of you have any idea how to give metal the mercury glass look.... please drop me a line and let me know!! I would be so very grateful for any type of information.

I hope you are all well and life is treating you kind,

Have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. I don't know if this is what you're going for...but I had this "pinned". Hope it helps you!


  2. Well Karen, I first had to google what IS mercury glass to see what you mean. Then I read Marie's link and now I know but I wouldn't know why you'd want mercury glassed stars for.... I love things made from metal and it the most I think I'd spray them white. Why white? So boring! No, it goes with everything and you can use them all year round without getting tired of them as you add colour with other stuff.
    I also think that Marie gave you the one really helpful hint - that site gives a lot of useful info which might easily be adapted for your stars.
    Bye my star, have a good day!

  3. I haven't looked at Marie's link yet, but my first thought would be to do silver leafing. Paint your base color maybe ivory or white...or maybe even rust and then apply the silver-leafing. It wouldn't look exactly like mercury glass, but it might at least coordinate. ...Just a thought. Good luck.

  4. I like the silver leafing idea and believe that the end result will be quite rich.

  5. First I would paint them black, then brush with hide glue and then spray with aluminum paint. To get the look of silver, aluminum is the way to go. Or, after painting black, you could paint them silver and then dab with a crinkled piece of plastic bag. Hope this helps.

  6. Here you go. I this on my Pinterest board. TIP: To make your own mercury glass simply spritz glass with water then spray with Krylon "Looking Glass" spray paint and voila! -

  7. I have tried the Krylon Mirror spray paint with great success. A little expensive but it does a nice job.

  8. I have recently heard about Krylon Looking Glass Paint and was searching the web for information on how to use it. According to this website: http://www.takethesidestreet.com/2010/11/faux-mercury-glass-tutorial.html, DIY mercury glass looks much better using the Looking Glass Paint because it is shinier. I don't know why you couldn't use this woman's technique on your stars.

    I wish you luck, and I hope you will show us your "new" stars when you have finished with them!

  9. Maybe you could add a little bit of interest and mercury some stars and maybe use paint and glitter glass on some of the others to add a little bit of interest and contrast. I can't wait to see what you create. Have fun !