How Mercury Glass Turns into Tarnished Silver

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A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a fairly simple mercury glass tutorial. I say simple because I am certain 9/10ths of the rest of the world could get it right the first time. Since the writer of said tutorial wasn’t there to hold the paintbrush in my hand or lead me through it a’la Patrick Swayze in Ghost,  I am not surprised the whole business would take a wrong turn before I even left the craft store. However, I am stubborn and had reached the limits of my Christmas decoration spending for the year.

After reading the Faux Mercury Glass Ornaments tutorial by Stephanie Lynn, I thought I have this schnitz locked down. I owned this tutorial, so much that without even trying it first I “knew” I could adapt it.  That’s what happens when people see a tutorial created by a talented person- said talented person makes it look easy-peasy, and said reader (ahem, me) gets cocky.

So, in owning faux mercury glass making, I decided I was going to make this:

Look like this:

but way awesomer.

However, that would require mad skillz, and something that was reflective and metallic to start with. Rather, we had someone with mediocre skills dangerously wielding paints in the hopes of it magically becoming reflective and metallic.

In my defense, the spray paint cap did have a mirror-like quality to it.

Instead it turned out looking like this:

Krylon and I would have had words, but the paint fumes kinda took the edge off my anger.

I followed the tutorial by stippling grey and black paint all over the business because I am nothing if not stubborn, and I ended up with this:

Which, kinda, if you squint your eyes and turn your head to the side, looks like really old, tarnished silver. I’m going with it. Yea… tarnished, really old silver. Not awkward at all when you think about it.

After Christmas I pilled ivy in it and left it on my mantle… dead center, just so people can ask the Mister which of his special friends made that for him. He can say, “my wife,” and then a lot of things will be forgiven, like when I talk with my mouth full all.the.damn.time. (C’mon, we all do it. I just happen to more often than it is considered polite because what I have to say waits for no food.)

The CraftyPants End.

ZOMG – I don’t have a costume!

Let there be no mistake, it is super-Halloween-fun-time this year. 2009 has truly been the year for vampires, werewolves and zombies in music, books, tv and movies. To cap off the year of the macabre we have Halloween falling on a Saturday and lasting an extra hour longer this year because of daylight savings time. It’s like October 31st is going to be sitting there right next to all the tiny witches, Spidermen, and ladybugs eating an entire pillowcase full of candy and running around in circles until it throws-up on itself Saturday night. In both the holiday and childrens’ defense, I wouldn’t doubt if there were a number of adults who will become reacquainted with their dinners as the clock strikes 1am, twice.

So there are technically only a couple of full shopping days left until you are relegated to dressing up as a gangster for the fifth year in a row. Not that you don’t look great in that flapper dress and the tommy-gun isn’t any worse for wear, but remember how much thought and excitement went into picking out the perfect costume for your class party when you were little? And remember how disappointed you were when your parents came home with a store-bought, Wonder Woman costume painted on a pair of cheap pajamas and that was probably inspired by the tuxedo t-shirt instead of the shiny blue, plastic bodice and red leather boots you thought they were getting you? Yeah – you do, don’t ya? You vowed then to never have a crappy Halloween costume again and, my friend, even though there are only a two days left, this is the best Halloween to start honoring that vow.

To help here are a few last minute costume ideas that I found while crawling the web, and that you can whip up in no time.  And I also added some recommendations on what to avoid for Halloween 2009: Continue reading