DIY: Gold Mercury Glass Votives

     It’s “How To’s Day” and today we are dressing up your old votives and vases with some metallic love that goes a long way to add a warm, vintage feel to any room or event.

What you will need:

1) Clear glass votives ~ I got these from
Michaels and they were 16 for $8.00
2) Gold Metallic Spray Paint ~ from Michaels 
(If you want to make the classic silver Mercury votives use ~ Krylon’s Looking Glass Spray Paint)
3) Glitter Paint ~ from Michaels
4) Vinegar and water
5) A kitchen sponge
     Now, I have to admit this DIY involved a little improv and trial and error.  The way you make the classic silver mercury glass is with Looking Glass Spray, but Michael’s was out, and I wanted to make gold ones anyway.  So, I bought gold metallic spray and decided to wing it!

Step One:

Spray the votives on the inside with gold spray paint.  Make sure to shake the can well before you use it, and in between sprays.  Start your spray on the drop cloth or paper you laid out first, and then do a quick pass on the votive.  Spray about an inch away from the votive in a circular motion.  The shorter the spray the better.  It’s always better to use the “less is more” approach when it comes to spray paint, so you don’t end up with streaks and drips.  Once you spray the votive, wipe around the top edge to get off any extra paint that may have gathered.  Do about 3-4 coats, taking a couple minutes to let it dry in between each.  
*Helpful tip: When you are done using spray paint give it a few sprays upside down to clean the nozzle, so the paint doesn’t dry in it, and it’s ready to use for next time.

Step 2: 

This is where the trial and error part started.  When you use the correct type of paint, you put 1 part vinegar and 1 part water on a paper towel and rub it on the paint until it begins to chip and flake off.  The vinegar did not eat through the gold metallic spray I used, but I do think it weakened it, so I still used it, but I pulled out a kitchen sponge from under my sink and used the rough side to scratch away paint.  That worked great.
If I were to do it again, I would have cut the sponge so that it was a smaller more controllable piece. 

Step 3:

Drop candles in the votives and enjoy!


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