Christmas Crafting – Mercury Glass Ornaments

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Welcome to Ten Days of Christmas Crafting. Today we are making Mercury Glass Christmas Lights Ornaments.

I love mercury glass and discovered a way to make my own mercury glass ornaments. Want to learn how?

Mercury Glass Ornaments

Welcome to Ten Days of Christmas Crafting! 

Today is Day One and I am very happy to share my Mercury Glass Christmas Light Ornaments. 

These were so easy to make and I can’t wait to share with you a LIVE tutorial! 

My live craft demonstration will take place today, December 1st, at 10:00 am PST (12:00 noon CST, 1:00 pm EST).

Just click here to go to my Facebook page to watch the replay! 

Mercury Glass Ornaments Handmade

Before I tell you more about the ornaments I made, I thought I should answer an important question.

What are mercury glass ornaments?

Mercury glass (or silvered glass) is glass that was blown double walled, then silvered between the layers with a liquid silvering solution, and sealed. … Sealing methods include metal discs covered with a glass round or a cork inserted into the unpolished pontil scar.

I love mercury glass and I have always wondered when it first became popular. This type of glass became popular in the mid 19th century. ‘The technique was patented by Edward Varnish and Frederick Hale Thomson in 1849.

So why do I make my own? 

The answer is listed below.

Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments

Is mercury glass expensive?

Authentic mercury glass is kind of expensive. A vase in perfect condition might cost between $80 and $100; painted pieces can sell for $200 or more; colored, engraved, cut, and labeled pieces can fetch more than $1,000. Exposure to air causes oxidation of the silvered inner surface and makes it flake off.
Mercury glass ornaments can be expensive, so I made my own that look just like the handblown ones. 
Red and White Mercury Glass Ornaments

I made 18 of these ornaments in less than two hours. Of course, this was way faster than when I made these Rose Gold Ornaments. It was faster because I have figured out how to make these. It’s so much easier the second time around!

Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments

I really do love these ornaments. I strung them on some wire because that’s what Christmas lights look like when you buy them. 

Can you believe how the light captured the colors in these ornaments? Isn’t this photo amazing?

Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments Handmade

I used traditional Christmas colors to make these. Which ones do I like the best? 

The white/cream ones.

Mercury Glass Ornaments

In case you are wondering, here is the list of what you need to make these mercury glass ornaments.

Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint

Metallic Acrylic Paint

GLASS ornaments (the Christmas lights shaped ornaments I used are from Joann)

Spray bottle with water

Hair Dryer

What You Need to Make Mercury Glass Ornaments

I hope you like these ornaments and come back for more Christmas crafting projects!

If you missed it, here is the live tutorial!


I hope you liked my first DIY.

Tomorrow I am making the most amazing snowflakes you have ever seen!

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Mercury Glass Ornaments

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  1. My Christmas DIY TO DO list for this year includes a bunch of “mercury glass” ornaments. I’ve been wanting to make some for several years now but for whatever reason it hasn’t happened yet! Well, this year is the year for mercury glass!

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