October 17, 2012

Faux Mercury Glass Skull

I have been wanting to try the faux mercury glass look for ages.
It makes glass feel like it has a story to tell, don't you think?

And it also is a technique that is perfect for Halloween!

I found this big glass skull votive at Home Goods last month. 

I thought it was so cool, though the glass really makes it difficult to see all of the features.
Regardless, for $5 it had a LOT of potential in my eyes.
I've been debating every since I purchased it what to do with it.

After seeing Jenn's faux mercury glass dominoes, I was convinced to go in the same direction with this skull!

For this project you need two things:
A spray bottle containing 50% H2O and 50% vinegar
Krylon's Looking Glass spray paint

I decided to test out my technique on some cheap glass votives before taking on the skull.

The process is pretty basic.
Clean the glass, spritz the water/vinegar solution, spray paint.
After a minute or so you can blot off the water droplets.
Repeat as necessary.

I did two rounds of spritzing/painting/blotting with these votive holders.

Time to try it on the skull!

I ended up doing three rounds of spritzing/painting/blotting.

There were a few places on the skull where the coverage was a little too good.

I simply sprayed some of my water/vinegar solution on a paper towel and gently rubbed to remove some of the paint.
Don't rub too hard or you will remove more paint than you probably want to.

I put a small battery power tea light in the skull to see how he would look at night.

What a great effect!

The paint really helps bring out the features of the skull.
And the faux mercury glass makes him look even spookier!

I'm itching to paint everything in my house now... ;)

I link to these fun parties!


  1. Hey, that's pretty cool! Thanks for sharing. I've been eyeing a pricey mercury glass pumpkin at PB...maybe I can find a cheap plain one somewhere else and do this.

  2. Wow! This turned out so great!! It totally looks like a high-priced piece now! And I think your little votives turned out super cute too. I think I need to do this technique - maybe for my Christmas display!

  3. Oh Michele, this is so fabulous! I'm with Bev about trying this for Christmas!

  4. Love the Mercury Glass look. I am definitely going to try the votives for Christmas!

  5. I love this idea. Thanks for taking the time to give such great instructions and showing something for Halloween and then the votive holders. I got lots of Christmas ideas running through my head!

  6. What a great idea! I really love mercury glass too, and I also have been wanting to try it for a long time. Christmas is coming.......Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower.

  7. I have to try that! It looks so cool and I love it on the votives!

  8. I have some of that paint, and you have inspired me to finally take it out for a spin! Great project!

  9. That is super cool! Pinning for future reference :)

  10. Oh that is so fabulous! You have got that technique down girl!

  11. The skull looks so great in mercury glass but I especially like your practice votives!

  12. Just wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my link party wrap up today!

  13. I would have never of thought to make a DIY version for mercury glass! I love it!

  14. They look so cool and spookyish with the candle. I LOVE the votives!

  15. This is such a great idea!! I have those same votives, too... maybe they need a little paint... hmm. Sharing on our FB page!

    Take care,


  16. Scary, indeed! All a-glow or not! I've never seen that kind of spray-interesting effect!

  17. OhMYheck the skull looks WAY better! I love it! Those jars are also super duper cute with your technique! Pinning ;)

  18. Ah! I love this! It looks amazing! Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring you on my blog tomorrow!


  19. Love, love, love it! Both the skull and the little votive buckets came out beautifully! I love the mercury glass technique and am definitely going to keep my eye out for some glass skulls!


  20. I love this and want to try it..but I'm curious. did you spray paint the inside of the skull head or the outside?

    1. The outside, Angela. I couldn't even get to the inside. This guy was solid glass except for where the indent for the tea light. :)


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