There's nothing like a little silver in a display, whether it's real or something fake - ahem - I mean 'faux'.
Mercury glass, the real kind, is usually only found in expensive antique shops, but it's easy to make your own with some thrift store glass dishes and vases, and a can of Mirror Effect spray paint.
are several brands, I used Rustoleum, but lots of people swear by
Tremco or Krylon Looking Glass spray other similar - make sure to get
mirror finish spray paint, not chrome.
This is one I've seen lots of tutorials for, but they're all similar; Krylon Looking Glass Silver-Like Aerosol Spray Paint 6 Oz..
I've used this one, and my only complaint is the smell of the VOC's - use it outdoors! Rust-Oleum 267727 Specialty Mirror Spray, 6-Ounce
For a water based option, this one looks promising; next time I buy this kind of paint, I'll try this one; Tattered Angels 18168 Glimmer Glaze Water Based Paint, Mercury Glass.
There are lots of tutorials online, but the gist is that you want to spray the glass item with a mixture of vinegar and water (some just use water) and then spray with the mirror spray paint.
finished project will look old and like an old mirror, complete with
thinner spots, dark age blotches and streaks. Throw perfection out the
window for this one.
I tried this technique on a flat glass serving platter, two or three
small dessert dishes and a large glass jar which could have originated
in Pier 1 Imports or a similar source.
Now to try it on some glass Christmas balls and baubles.
I'm not so into colorful these days, so I decided to paint them with the Faux Mercury Glass technique. Go bling or go home, I always say.
Some of the Christmas ornaments were pink pointy things, others were shaped like pine cones - and to top it off, two in the shape of bells.
The shiny paint has worn off or faded with the years, so it's time. I know, they're probably worth more left in their original state, but I'm not going to be selling these.
Sticking short bits of wire into a cracker box makes an impromptu paint booth. The first coat didn't look like much, but then the second covered all the shallow spots.
Clustered in a bowl from the thrift store done in the same mirror
effect technique these ornaments give a lustre to the collection.