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As we wind down on the 30 days of blissful thinking, I wanted to share one of the d.i.y. projects I did for the wedding to add my own touch on a recent trend but also to save money on a product that is not that cheap – mercury glass (or at least the effect).

DIY Mason Jars Mercury Glass on Flee Fly Flown

I had come across a few tutorials on how to achieve a mercury glass effect and learned a few tricks of my own. We used a lot of ball jars in our table décor, both blue vintage (lots of flea market hunting!) and clear, and so to add a third element I added the mercury glass to some of the mason jars.

McWiz Wedding Table | Photo by Bryan and Mae

I’m not going to re-explain the entire process though I’ll share the tips that were helpful to me then point you to the resources I used.

> The brand of paint does make a difference. Use Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. There’s other metallic paints and brands, but this one works the best. It can be hard to find though – I found some around town, but I ordered some as well.

> Paint the outside instead of the inside. I did this because we were putting candles in some of the jars. Since spray paint can be flammable, I did this as a precaution. Though if you paint the outside, handle the jars with care – the paint will rub off more easily.

> The ratio of vinegar to water in the spray bottle is important! (Half vinegar / half water)

> Don’t use these to store food in after they’ve been painted!

> You may need a few coats. Re-spray the water/vinegar solution for each coat you do.

I referenced the Mercury Glass Tutorial on Martha Stewart as well as this helpful one!


- Colleen McIntyre Wisniewski of Flee Fly Flown

As things go lately, it’s been another busy week! I’ve got a few fun things to share in the upcoming weeks, but all are about half done. So for now, here’s a few tidbits and meanderings that don’t necessarily have much to do with the other, but they’ve been on the radar and may make more sense soon.

I’m getting back to my craft roots and picking up those tiny seed beads again. More on this soon, but here’s sneak peek at what I’m working on:

Beaded Flower progress by Flee Fly Flown

Who else is super excited about some of the movies out later in the year? I, for one, can’t wait for Baz Lurman’s latest and the Musical film production of Les Miserables.

And finally, I discovered reCAP on Pinterest last week. Genius!

reCAP Mason Jar BPA-free Plastic Lids

Happy Thursday,

- Colleen McIntyre on Flee Fly Flown

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