I am excited to share with you this Dollar Store Craft, a lovely DIY mercury glass candle holder. I made it from the stem of a dollar store martini glass and a dollar store candle holder! Read on to see how I removed the stem and attached it to the holder, and how I created the mercury glass finish with Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint.
Butane Micro Torch or candle and lighter
Bucket of cold water
Coarse sand paper or grinder with diamond bit for glass
Make a score line around the stem of the martini glass at its top where the stem meets the upper part of the martini glass.
Apply heat to score line and submerge in cold water to separate the stem at the score line like I showed you in this DIY Wine Bottle Rings tutorial.
Sand or grind top of separated stem to give a flat surface for gluing to the bottom of the glass candle holder.
Here is the glass I used to glue onto the stem of the martini glass. I used E6000 on to attach two pieces, and placed the glued pieces against the wall for support while drying. Let dry several hours before applying the mercury glass finish in the next steps!
Mercury Glass DIY
Pour Epson salt into the glass so that to about one inch from the bottom. It is not important to be exact here.
In a well ventilated area with protected work surface, spray looking glass paint inside of the glass at the rim. Make sure to follow instructions on label. You want to shake the can vigourously before using.
Shake the glass a snow globe (holding your hand over the top), so that the salt grabs the paint and drags it around. This will create the mercury glass look.
Repeat steps 5 and 6 a few more times, allowing each coat to dry for about 5 minutes before applying the next. Stop when are happy with the look!