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I’ve been noticing a lot of mercury glass items over the last couple of weeks. I’m loving the sparkly antique look of these lovelies, so thought I’d do a little research on this beautiful glass.
Mercury glass, or “silvered glass” originated in Bohemia around 1840, and was also produced in England starting in 1849 and is considered one of the first true “art glass’ products. It is basically free-blown double-walled glass that is silvered in between the two walls and sealed. Although it is called “mercury” glass, the silvering is produced by coating the interior with with a solution containing silver-nitrate and grape sugar. Once coated the glass was heated and then sealed in various ways, ranging from cork to metal discs.
The first pieces I noticed were at Chapters, in their home gifts section….
And ever since then I’ve been seeing the glass everywhere. I love the variation in colour on this pendant – a very aged silver.
The following beauties were found on Pinterest.
And this last one is actually a DIY mercury glass. Check out the tutorial here: www.takethesidestreet.com/2010/11/faux-mercury-glass-tutorial.html. Hmmm, I may just give this a try if I can find Krylon Looking Glass spray paint in Canada.
The other night, I even picked a couple of pretty little mercury glass birds for our Christmas decorating. No pics yet, but once I get to decorating, I’ll share.
Have you included any mercury glass pieces in your decorating – Christmas or otherwise? If so, let us know….