How to Make Mercury Glass Votives
Mercury Glass Votives
Vintage items feel traditional, and Christmas is definitely a time to celebrate tradition. But instead of spending a fortune scouring flea markets or estate sales for goodies with old-fashioned holiday charm, consider creating your own DIY faux "mercury glass" votives for the mantel.
- glass votives and hurricanes
- 1 package silver leaf
- 1 package gold leaf
- leaf adhesive
- 1" artist brush
- soft, mop head brush
Clean and dry glass. Using a one inch artist brush, apply leaf adhesive to inside of votive or hurricane. Allow to dry until adhesive is clear and tacky. Tip: Use a thin coat and brush over adhesive after about ten minutes of drying time to prevent drips and pooling.
Add Gold Flecks
Tear gold leafing into small pieces and sprinkle inside votive in a random pattern. Use a finger tip to gently smooth down gold leaf.
Apply Silver Leaf
Gently apply full sheets of silver leaf to entire interior of votive. Smooth down with a finger tip or mop brush. Once leafing is applied, buff with mop brush in a circular pattern to remove excess leaf. Insert candle or tealight and light as usual. Never leave a burning candle unattended. Tip: Gently remove some silver leaf with a finger nail to create a "crackled" effect.