Blogland and Home Decor store everywhere are buzzing about Mercury Glass. I've been watching the trend and truly feeling like a numbskull because really?... Glass with mercury? It sounds like something on the list of things to NOT have around in a home of toddlers. Then I saw THESE in my Pottery Barn catalog.
Here's what it says on Wikipedia.
"Mercury glass is the common term for silvered glass, which describes glass that was blown double walled, then silvered between the layers with a liquid silvering solution, and sealed. Although mercury was originally used to provide the reflective coating for mirrors, elemental mercury was never used to create tableware. Silvered glass was free-blown, then silvered with a solution containing silver nitrate and grape sugar in solution, heated, then closed"....."Vases, goblets and all form of tableware were decorated with a variety of techniques including painting, enameling, etching, and engraving. Silvered "mercury" glass is considered one of the first true "art glass" types, that is, glass that was made for display and for its inherent artistic value, rather than for utilitarian use."
BHG has a tutorial that uses vases, but in my opinion the metalic spray paint doesn't quite give the vase enough of the bright whitish silvery luster of Mercury Glass.
Krylon has a great tutorial and shows off their Looking Glass mirror finish product. This paint seems like the obvious better choice. You can see both tutorials and decide for yourself.I think I'll be working on a few Mercury Glass project this Christmas for my own home decor as well as for neighbor gifts.
What do you think about the Mercury Glass trend?
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