Mercury glass votives DIY

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Recently we made a ton of “mercury glass” votives. We wanted to share the process…

Start by collecting glasses. I prefer flat bottomed, tumbler style glasses. the taller and thinner they are, the harder the job will be. Glasses with etching or cut designs are especially appealing.

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You’ll need silver, gold, or copper leaf. It’s easiest and less wasteful to buy the sheets and not the loose leaf.

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You will also need paint-on adhesive and a paint brush.

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Ready to begin. Wash out all glasses and dry completely. Paint a thin coat of adhesive on the interior walls of the glass (no need to paint the bottom)

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Wait for the adhesive to dry, when completely dry it will become clear. Begin pressing the metal leaf against the sides of the glass, it will adhere to the walls.

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The orange paper is what is left as the leaf attaches to the glass, you may have to smooth the leaf down against the walls with your finger.

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I usually want pretty heavy leaf coverage

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Next comes the metallic paint. This adds a two tone effect.

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I try to pool the paint in the corners in order to have no brush stroke marks

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Let it dry and voila! Mercury glass.

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