I think mercury is fascinating (it’s also an awesome song by The Counting Crows.)
Arguably the most beautiful heavy metal in existence, it kind of loses its appeal when you find out it happens to be deadly, so that’s kind of a downer. But it’s just so crazy to see a metal be a liquid at room temperature. This is also probably one reason mercury was used anciently, because it didn’t require heating to make it liquid and easily incorporated into the manufacture of other goods. That’s just my guess. I could be way off.
Mercury was originally used to make the reflective surface of mirrors, which would probably be considered the first mercury glass. But what we know and reference as mercury glass didn’t actually use mercury. Instead, it was made by blowing double-walled glass and filling the center with a solution of silver nitrate and grape sugar and then sealing the object to contain the silver solution.
This tutorial is meant to mimic the effects of this silver nitrate solution on glass, but eliminates the hard parts, like, you know, blowing double-walled glass, and obtaining silver nitrate, etc. Continue reading
In true fashion, I never have all the before photos I should have. But I got this awesome table from Craigslist. I had been looking for a small round table that could expand with leaves. I found one that was pedestal style, but my husband worried that our crazy little family would knock over something that essentially only had one leg. So, this table won out with a 4-leg advantage and it’s super sturdy.
About 99% of the furniture in my house has come from Craigslist or garage sales. I can rarely justify buying something new when I can buy something used and for much less money and make it exactly how I want it. I’m not always sure what I’m going to do with a piece when I buy it, however. I usually let it sit for a little while until I finally decide what color/style I want something to be.
This particular piece I bought from Craigslist from a furniture staging company. It’s built on a wood frame so it’s very sturdy, but it seems to be made of some sort of molded plastic for all the decorative carvings, and the top of the coffee table was like some sort of fake leather with nicks in it. I knew I planned to paint it with home made chalk paint since it would adhere nicely to the weird plastic-like molding. But I didn’t know what I wanted to do with the top, since it had the nicks in the fake leather. It still wouldn’t look nice painted.