Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Mercury Glass

I have always been a fan of Mercury Glass. It reflects glam, it reflects light, and it reflects a strong memory of my home back in México. Every Christmas we displayed old mercury glass ornaments in our Christmas tree, and we used to have lots of big oversize spheres made of mercury glass around (a trend that Luis Barragan the architect initiated back in the 60's and is still a common decorating solution today). Mercury Glass is also becoming a trend in table lamps and light fixtures that can be used all year round.

What is Mercury Glass ?

According to Wikipedia .- Mercury glass is the common term for silvered glass, which describes glass that was blown double walled, then silvered between the layers with a liquid silvering solution, and sealed. Although mercury was originally used to provide the reflective coating for mirrors, elemental mercury was never used to create tableware. Silvered glass was free-blown, then silvered with a solution containing silver nitrate and grape sugar in solution, heated, then closed.

My Favourite Mercury Glass Ornaments

Mercury Glass Drop Ornament
West Elm

Mercury Spheres
Pottery Barn

Mercury Glass Finials
Jayson Home & Garden

Antiqued Mercury Glass Birds

Mercury Swirl Ornaments

Sea Urchin
Jayson Home & Garden

Gazing Globes
Antique Mercury Glass

Antique Mercury Glass Tiebacks
Country Living

My Favourite Mercury Glass Lamps

Mercury Glass Table Lamp
Vintage and Modern Inc

Robert Abbey Wavy Collection
Lamps Plus

Minna Table Lamp
Pottery Barn

Accuatinta Specchiata - Michele de Lucchic

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Alkemie said...

I love mercury glass and collect some of it myself too. Great post!

qerat said...

Love all the pieces, especially the lamps they are amazing. defenitely would add a lot to a room.
Thanks Ivan for the info

Maria Killam said...

That is very interesting to see all the different applications it comes in. That first lamp I like and also the ornaments, they are fab!

Unknown said...

How beautiful and how nice that mercury glass evokes memories of home for you. Thanks for the explanation of how it is made.
Seasons greetings to you!!!

Anonymous said...

Mercury glass is beautiful -- I love the Minna Table lamp.

Anonymous said...

Really nice entry, I had no idea about the story behind mercury glass and the pieces you've shown are beautiful too! I love the sea urchin one the most I think :)

Michelle said...

Really, really pretty. Love the teardrop shaped ornaments.

Great post...as usual

Happy Happy Holidays to you, and all at your office :)


Thanks! Patricia & Michelle - and Seasons Greetings for every body

Anonymous said...

We love that Robert Abbey table lamp, too! We have a large selection of gorgeous Robert Abbey designs. Thanks for mentioning us, and come over to the LAMPS PLUS LightPost blog for more decorating tips and ideas. Happy Holidays!

Paul Pincus said...

this was very, very beautiful!

ps happy christmas!