Hey y’all! Today we are creating a vintage mirror, complete with a technique that “mirrors” old mercury glass!
Here she is! And to think she is no longer waiting all sad and alone at a thrift store! She’s gorgeous!
Iron Orchid Designs transfers from Milton’s Daughter. The transfers I used are from “Whispering Willow”
Lowes: Looking Glass Silver spray paint. (I have also seen it at Hobby Lobby and Michaels).
Thrifted: Frame and glass
Lizzy and Erin: Water Girl Continuous Spray bottle
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This is the book of transfers I used. It’s called Whispering Willow.
Here are some pieces I created using this same technique! These frames were also thrifted and are metal.
This is a Dollar Tree jar and I just spritzed the inside with water, then sprayed the Looking Glass paint inside.
Let’s get started!
I removed the glass, pulling four tiny nails out of the wood frame. I cleaned the glass with vinegar to prepare it for the next steps.
With the glass clean, I chose my transfers. That plastic thing is a burnishing tool and is included with the IOD transfers.
Next, I separated the design from the backing sheet. This exposes the transfer and allows perfect placement with a grid printed on front and a low tack adhesive to hold your design on to your surface. In the final two pictures, you can see the grid on the front and the back of the transfer.
In the first image, you’ll see I placed one design on the glass and gently pressed to allow the transfer paper to temporarily adhere. Next, I used the burnishing tool to allow the design to join the surface, peeling up the grid paper as I went.
In the last image, you’ll see how it looks on the glass. I’m loving it!
And I wanted to add more, so I chose these flowers. You can overlay your designs if you want, just like I did with that flower on the top!
Once the transfers were done, I took the glass outside and spritzed the BACK of it with water, then sprayed on the Looking Glass. While still wet, I dabbed it here and there with a paper towel. This whole process gave it a mercury glass effect!
I took it inside and began drying it with my heat tool. It may be best to let it air dry, but after all, it was a live video, so heat tool to the rescue!
After drying, I decided it needed a second coat of the Looking Glass, so I repeated the process of going outside, spritzing with water, spraying the paint and bringing it inside again so I could heat dry it.
And THIS is the final result!
I carefully placed the glass back into the frame.
…and added those four nails back in. I hot glued it for extra hold. Later, I’ll cover the back with foam board or something similar.
And here she is, y’all! I absolutely love this project! She’s a rags to riches story!
Have you tried IOD transfers? Let me know in the comment section! I read all of your comments, and want to thank you so much for stopping by!
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