Recently, I've had a bit of window shopping envy over all the mercury glass that decor that's currently in all the high end stores, because it's definitely out of my budget.
Plus, you know me, it looks like something I even think I could do myself, I'm going to try it first. And nine times out of ten, I'll be able to do it at a fraction of the cost.
When I received this huge package of Martha Stweart Crafts supplies a few weeks ago, it was like Christmas Day for the crafter in me!
Plus, pumpkins are the perfect decor item, because they can last through the Halloween season straight into Thanksgiving.
I found these pumpkins at the dollar store. I snatched up quite a few of them for various project ideas, and I'm sure the cashier was curious, but she tactfully didn't ask why I had so many.
Before using the gilding, I gave them a coat of standard white primer. Just for good measure because they're a porous surface, I let it dry overnight.
The next day, I used one of my older flat paint brushes, and simply followed the gilding instructions, painting it onto the pumpkin. I've never used gilding before, because I thought it might be difficult to get a nice even coat, but this worked amazingly well!
Only one coat gave the pumpkins an even, shiny look.
One noteworthy tip, be sure that you have paint thinner on hand to clean the gilding off of your brush, or else it will be ruined.
Now, for the mercury glass effect, which is actually very easy to achieve.
I simply dampened an old washcloth, and dipped a corner into regular black craft paint, then dabbed it onto the pumpkin, working a small section at a time.
By using a second dry washcloth, and a series of dabbing and rubbing off the paint, so that only a bit is left on the surface of the pumpkin, you now have the illusion of the highlights and shadows, as well as the texture of the mercury glass.
Because the gilding doesn't absorb the craft paint very quickly, it gives you a little time to get the exact depth and textured look you want.
I think it also helped that my pumpkin had a bit if texture to it already, with lots of little dents and nooks and crannys for the black paint get into.
As you can see, the transformation is amazing!
I turned a few glass candle holders (also from the dollar store) upside down so that the wider base is on the top for stands for the pumpkins.
And now, you can too, enjoy!
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