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Instant Antique Candleholders

Created By: Johnny Miller, Raymond Hom


Like magic, you can turn clear vases and candleholders into "mercury glass" and make plain framed glass look like an age-worn mirror. Just use mirror paint, and add water for a result that looks authentically old.




  • Glass candleholders
  • Vases
  • Picture frames with glass
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Mirror paint (


  1. Step 1

    Work on a protected surface in a well-ventilated area. Clean glass before starting. Cover vessels' exteriors with paper, or remove glass from frame.

  2. Step 2

    Spray interiors of vessels or frame glass lightly with water and then with mirror paint (the water will make the paint mottled).

  3. Step 3

    Turn vessels upside down on a drying rack (so air circulates inside). Let dry completely, at least overnight. Repeat if too sheer.

  4. Step 4

    For flowers, arrange in a glass and place the glass inside the vase.

Martha Stewart Living, January 2010

Reviews (9)

  • 28 Jul, 2013

    I have been wanting to try this for awhile- so today I did! One thing they do not caution you on is this: that mirror spray paint is probably one of the most toxic smelling paints/finishes I have encountered in quite some time! So, using a respirator is almost a 'must' even though I was standing outside in my back yard doing this. Also, the paint has sort of a 'blow back' effect out of the vessel, so wearing nitrile gloves is helpful. Other than that it was fun!

  • 1 Jul, 2013

    No one ? about rctophobby

  • 27 Jun, 2013

    By the way ,will it breach when it dry?like
    Esky Heli

  • 18 Jun, 2013

    Can't wait to try this! Found the paint at Walmart, but pricey and smaller can than other paints. No Hobby Lobby within 50 miles of me - a great tragedy, as I love their stores!

  • 16 Jun, 2013

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  • 26 Feb, 2013

    Glass paint seems very cool,I never hear before.I'll try to buy some.But someone told me it is hard to buy,I am upset.Could someone tell me a URL which is selling the kind of paint?

  • 2 Jul, 2012

    never heard mirror paint before...
    are these glasses transparent?
    how to make these effects,i just don't understand.

  • 15 Jan, 2012 didn't ruin anything! I just used fingernail polish remover to remove the mirrored paint I put on some wine glasses. Now if anyone has any hints I can use for spray painting the inside of a wine glass please let me know. I want it to be a perfect and even coat without the "mottled" appearance. And I want to do it now, in the dead of winter. which doesn't seem to be working well in the cold temps! can I spread it with a brush to even it out and still get the mirror effect?

  • 17 Jan, 2011

    Glass paint proved impossible to find at my local craft and hardware stores, so I used a "chrome" paint. I was pretty generous with the water because I wanted to make sure I had plenty of sheer spots, but the paint still looks like it gave almost full coverage. Hoping once my glass vessels are completely dry the paint will flake off where the water was to create that mottled appearance. As of right now it looks kind of like I just ruined two vases and four glasses. . .