Introduction: "Mercury Glass" Spooktacular Halloween Votives

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I've been seeing DIY mercury glass projects everywhere, but wanted to create something a bit different with the technique. I came up with these Halloween votives using simple jars or old candle holders.

Step 1: Collect Your Materials

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Materials Needed:
Jars (any shape will do. Check out
Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint,
Black Paint/Paint brush
Spray Bottle with 1/2 vinegar/water solution
Printed Halloween Images to act as a template...the simpler the better.

Step 2: First Coat of Spray Paint

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Clean and dry it thoroughly. Lightly spray one coat of Looking Glass Spray Paint on the OUTSIDE of the jar, let dry just a few seconds. You could spray the inside but it's difficult to do and you won't be able to place a real candle or water inside...

Step 3: Vinegar/Water Solution

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Then lightly spray your water/vinegar mixture on top. Let sit for a minute or so then gently wipe off the water droplets to remove some of the Spray Paint. Repeat entire process a few times.

Step 4: Start Decorating

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Once the jar is dry, I cut out my skull image and wanted to lightly glue it to the jar...WRONG! It took the paint with it...duh. SO, I smeared a bit of vaseline on the back of the paper and pressed it onto the jar. Held in place perfectly.

Feel free to freehand a design as well which is what I did for the spider web...

Step 5: Start Painting

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Now, start painting around your image. I brushed one coat of black paint, let it dry and then added another coat. When the second coat was still wet, I sprinkled glitter on top. Once dry I peeled away my image.

Step 6: Light Up the Night

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The votives look pretty even when they're not lit. But to enjoy a frightful night, place a candle inside and light away.


GASHLYCRUMBTINY (author)2014-09-21

OOOOO ahhhh nice! and Nice Ible too! I shall have to try this one =D

I wanted something a little bit different...and I think this will take the cake!

Thanks for the ideas!

Gashly =D

oh thank you so much! have fun with the project.


suziehotbox (author)2013-08-14

I really love this instructable. Thanks so much!

thank YOU so much. Did you make one??

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