Favorite Wilde Quotes

~I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.~

~Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.~

~I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know
anything about.~

~Oscar Wilde



Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Painted Glass Ornaments and Faux Mercury Glass

A quick and fun way to spruce up your ornament collection! Above are small ornaments only. I made a few of the larger ornaments as well, individual pics follow. You get to be as creative and daring as you want! All you need for adding your color is water and spray paint. Just spray the paint directly into the bulb by holding the nozzle almost touching, and then hold a finger over the hole and shake it around a bit. I found the clear glass ornaments at Joann's Fabrics at 60% off, and used spray paint that I already had. Well, I fib..... I did buy 2 new colors. :)

Inspiration for this project came from Birgit Kerr at Scrapalicious Bytes. She uses Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Paint to create her Mercury Glass. Her post shares 3 different awesome tutorials full of pictures, ideas, details and humor. Thank you, Birgit!

An example of the Mercury Glass look~

Same ornament, different angle~

You start out by adding water to the inside of the bulb, and pouring most of the water out. (Trial and error here as to the look you want.) For this red and gold one I experimented with acrylic paint too. If you use too much of the acrylic, it can take over -I know, this happened to me! Not to worry, add a bit more water and "rinse" out the extra. Below are 3 examples of what a first layer may look like.

First layer of green...

First layer of black...

First layer of blue...

A layer of blue, then I let the paint dry for awhile. Added a dash of water and sprayed in some white.

These bulbs are in "Stage I" of my drying system!

Stage II~ After they are dry, you can decide if you want to add more color, or a different color. Most of mine are only 2 colors.

This bulb is the exception ~3 colors (blue, white & gold) give it that "globe" look. :) I sprayed in quite a bit of the gold and swirled it all around so that it would show through enough.

Another Mercury style~

This is one of my favorites! Black first, then gold~

An nothing is complete until you get some help from a furry friend! Tigger is happy to oblige~

Linking to:
The Shabby Chic Cottage
Savvy Southern Style
A Glimpse Inside
Poppies At Play

UPDATE: I came across another method of creating Mercury Glass using silver leaf, adhesive and umber glaze. Bethany at Remodel This House shares with you her trial and error and has even posted a video. She has great results!


  1. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I love your ornaments. You did a really fabulous job. I am your latest follower. I would love if you would follow me back. www.diybydesign.blogspot.com.

  2. Those are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this idea.

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  4. These looks great! I love using these clear ornaments and decorating them!
    Thanks so much for linking up to my holiday open house! Always nice to see a new face.

  5. Hey lady! What a fantastic idea! I love how elegant they end up looking!!

  6. I love all the possibilities with clear ball ornaments!

  7. The results of the ornaments looks beautifull.
    Thank you for sharing.


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