My Pinterest challenge came from this tutorial on faking mercury glass that I found (via Apartment Therapy, who re-posted it) on the blog Take the Side Street by Anna. Below are 2 of Anna’s photos of her finished product.
I really like the way it looks in the photo above. All authentic and antiquey.
Here they are all lit up with candles. They get a bit splotchy, but I know that subtle effects can be tricky to pick up with a camera.
And here is my attempt.
Nailed it! Ok, not quite. Her tutorial said to spray the inside of the glass, but I definitely got some drips because its pretty hard to spray at the appropriate 18-24 inch distance in such a narrow space. I think if I try this again I will stick to doing the outside of the glass to have better control. Anywho. When its not illuminated it looks like a fairly flat silver, only lit up can I see the drip marks and the subtle distresses that I added intentionally.
Yeah, hard to get a detailed photo with my point and shoot. (But that brings me to another goal – use a real camera and not the iPhone camera, see the 2012 page). So the distressing isn’t nearly as dramatic, but I was wiping away fairly big smudges and I got skeered of wiping too much. I could keep distressing and then re-spraying, but I was almost out of spray paint. I may finesse them a bit more when I’m feeling spray-painty. Do you ever get surprised at how fast you go through a can?