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DIY: Faux Mercury Glass Pedestal Bowl (From Dollar Store or Thrift Store Finds)

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I’ve loved seeing a resurgence in the popularity of mercury glass. It’s showing up everywhere these days, but true mercury glass can be prohibitively priced.  

Fortunately, creatives in blogland have figured out a simple technique for mimicking the look so that you can whip up a whole collection for the price of a single piece from a store.
Combining the technique I learned from Katies Rose Cottage, and a popular dollar store craft, I’ve made my own version of a Mercury Glass Pedestal Bowl that I saw HERE for $65.95.  My version cost only $2 (plus the small amount of paint and glue I used in the project). 
Faux Mercury Glass Pedestal Bowl DIY
Glass candlestick
Glass bowl
E-6000 Glue
Krylon Looking Glass Mirror Spray
Spray bottle filled with 50/50 water/vinegar
A soft lint-free cloth (or Viva paper towel)
I purchased these two pieces from the Dollar Tree.  Total cost:  $2
Step 1:  Run a bead of E-6000 around the top rim of the candlestick.  Set bowl centered on top.  Allow to dry 24 hours.

Step 2:  On a covered work area, invert pedestal bowl and spray with a light coat of Krylon Looking Glass.  Immediately spray with water/vinegar solution.  Dab lightly with a lint-free cloth to distress.  Allow to dry (the paint dries quickly). 

Step 3:  Turn bowl over and repeat on other side. 
Step 4:  I did a second coat of paint and vinegar to achieve the look I was going for.  A second coat is optional. 


Once dry, the bowl is ready to display as an elegant accent to your home.  



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    • SharonT

      Do you know if glass transformed like this is food safe and hand washable once dry or should it only be used for display of non-edible items?

    • truthlovingsoul

      awesome! thanks

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