So I really like the look of mercury glass and all the super cool ways it is being used out there in crafty land; thus, I started a faux mercury glass project using Looking Glass paint. I found a tutorial, which I’m sure clearly states the correct way to apply the product and proceed to make it look like old mercury glass; however, I only viewed one tutorial and may have even got those steps wrong.
The directions I followed advised to paint the underside or opposite side that will show, and that is what I did. Here is how the bottles and jars currently look and so far. I think they look nice, but it just wasn’t exactly the look I was trying to get. These don’t seem agey looking enough to me, but it might just be me.
NOTE: all of the jars and bottles have been painted on the inside only
Helpful mercury glass info
After going back and reading through several more tutorials, such as this YouTube video from Vintage Fragment or this helpful mercury glass tutorial from 17Apart. I now realize that I could have also painted the outside or side that will show when the project is done.
NOTE: all of the small plates have been painted on the up facing side. Please disregard the larger plate on the below-left, as the larger plates were painted on the back side. That is why that one does look dull.
So I can leave them as is, painted on one side, with the shiny sides showing in the finished product, or I can paint the second side and add the aging technique, which would make the finished project look overall much older and dullish.
Here is where I need your help. Which look do you like?
A) Shiny (vintage-y but clean looking)
B) Dull (more aged and even a bit dirty looking)
NOTE: Option A is painted on the reverse side, or the side not showing. Option B is painted on the side showing.
I like both, really, and I think I have an idea about which one I’d rather do for the upcoming project. I would just love to get some more input before I proceed.
And of course I don’t have to do just A or B, maybe a combination of a few tricks, or perhaps someone has a suggestion ——–> Thank you for helping me out.
Hope you are having an awesome day ~ Amy
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