Have you seen Pottery Barn's fall catalog? They have some gorgeous grouted, mercury glass pumpkins. The pumpkins are blown mercury glass with ribbed sides and grouted with concrete. I loved the look of the mercury glass pumpkins but I wasn't sure about the grouted part.
So off I went to the thrift store to find a glass pumpkin. I was actually looking for a lidded pumpkin jar but when I saw the glass light fixture globes, I thought they would be perfect. (I didn't take a before pic so pretend with me that the above pic hasn't been finished, ok?)
To give the globe the mercury glass look, I used #Krylon's Looking Glass spray paint. I love this stuff! The process is super simple and there are tons of how-to's on it. Basically, you spray a glass item from the back side of the glass and the mirror finish will show on the front.
For the mercury glass effect, spritz the glass with a little water before spraying. Give a quick spray. Allow to dry a minute then pat the water dry with a paper towel. It really does look like the old mercury glass.
Now, it was time for the grouting. I had unsanded grout on hand but I wasn't too sure I wanted to commit to covering up that beautiful mercury glass look. So, I took the safe route. I painted the entire globe with a white chalk paint and wiped off the ribbed areas, leaving the paint in the grooves. I was pleased with the final look but I still prefer the mercury glass over this one, that's why I decided not to paint the other globe.
Now what to do for a stem. I looked around my work room and thought about using small glass knobs. Hmm...didn't quite look like a pumpkin. I needed something that was kind of clear but malleable.
Oh wait! Glue stick! It was right in front of me.
(UPDATED: I added these two photos to help explain how I did the stem.)
The last thing I needed to do was to make some leaves. I had already cut out some book page leaves for another project so I tried those and I really liked the combination. Ready to see the two pumpkins together?
I hope you give these a try. I paid $.99 for each globe and had the other items on hand. If you purchase the Looking Glass paint, it is somewhat costly but it goes a long way!
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