Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Todays Show

I am so, so excited to offer this to you today. You would not believe the trial and error that has gone into this DIY mercury glass technique. I could open a small paint store with all of the products that I have purchased and tried to create this amazing looking glass.

I have always LOVED mercury glass and I am one of those people every year who is out the day after Christmas purchasing what is left of the spectacular and very expensive mercury glass ornaments to add to my collection for the next Christmas. However this year is different. I was inspired by Pottery Barns giant orbs. (The one I had my eye on was $56 dollars) Somehow while I was out thrifting, a little light literally went on in my head, while I was looking at all of the old light fixtures. No pun intended. I knew these would make the perfect D I Y orb for me.

and also here are some detailed instructions:

First things first make sure you wash all glass with soap and water.
Use Deco art glass conditioner only in spots on your glass. ( I used a natural sea sponge and just dabbed it randomly)
Then cover the exterior of the glass to get it ready to spray. You only are going to be spraying the inside of the container at this point.
Because of the random application of conditioner you should have a mottled looking and irregular looking paint job.
with this step do NOT paint over and over you want this light and also done in one quick swoop. If you over paint it will then become too opaque and it will look like overpainted diy glass. We are trying to trick people remember.
Also the product that needs to be used is KRYLON looking glass. (Looking glass is the color)
I tried many a silvers and many a brands. This is hands down the BEST and most authentic looking by far.
It can be purchased at Wal-mart, Lowes, and Jo Anns.
Trust me on this, this is why I said I could open my own little paint depot. Lots of paint in the old garage.
Moving on............
After the little whisp of paint you are going to let it cure. Maybe 10 minutes or so.
The next step is to add Liquid Silver Agent. I purchased this at my local JoAnn's. It retails for about $5.
I pour a very small amount in and begin turning the glass or rolling it back and forth. This will create depth and further spotting in the glass. (Another look of professional mercury glass) As soon as you have rolled the agent around take 100% isopropyl alcohol and lightly mist inside container. I then prefer to use an old plastic grocery bag crinkled up to dab and take off any excess paint. Last of all make sure to tip your vessel over and allow to fully dry. I recommend several hours without picking up over and over to prevent rolling drip marks.

There you have it. I would love to see any of your finished products.
Wishing you many a happy glass projects to you this Holiday.

The Quirky Sophisticate

Thursday, November 18, 2010


A very special welcome to House of Turquoise visitors. It is a delight to have you for a visit. Take a look at my latest projects as featured on KSL's Studio 5 show.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Thrill and Adventure of the Hunt

Okay........ so I haven't had the chance to tell you how I find my treasures.  Well the truth is sometimes they just find me.  As I was thrifting a couple of weeks ago my eyes caught onto a horrific aztec or santa fe style vase.  I thought eeeeew, and went on my way.  Well let me tell you what, I could not get that ugly little thing out of my mind! That night when I got in bed I was still thinking of that vase and regretting that I had not purchased it earlier that day, even though  I had no idea what I would even do to it. (Usually I have a very open mind and can see beauty and potential in most things).  Long story short, I went back two days later hoping to buy that vase.  As I walked up and down the aisles, I felt disappointed when I could not find it any where.  Really, I had a pit in my stomach as ridiculous as it sounds.  I thought, "oh my gosh someone else recognized that it was special."  As I was leaving I thought I should just check out the furniture and as I turned around there was that little tree vase winking at me, ready to jump in my cart and be turned into its own Cinderella.  So now the most thrilling part I painted it and put it together with some moss and twigs in my family room it has a "faux bois" quality and I love it.  But when I looked at the Anthropologie web sight to look at Christmas ornaments what do I find but a collection of white tree vases.  AMAZING.  I was over the moon.  Okay so there you have it.  I have to say I almost like my version better.  What do you think?  Check out my makeover below.  You can also see the vase at Anthropologie--it's the last picture below.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


As featured on Studio 5, Monday, November 15, 2010. The Thanksgiving Corn and Turkey vintage pictures are from