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Mercury Glass Globe-Making a replacement light globe from a pickle Jar

Installing a lighting fixture over a staircase can be difficult so when the light globe slipped effortlessly from my hand and dropped to its death below I cringed. Finding a replacement should of been an easy task but after looking in multiple big box stores, I selected the closest fit.To my dismay it was too big and the others too small.

The idea of completely replacing the light fixture crossed my mind and I began considering a new one.

That is when I noticed that many of the new lights were using a jar like globe giving an industrial look, which would fit perfectly in my decor.

What you will need:

  • 2 recycled pickle jars; one is for practice
  • denatured alcohol
  • white vinegar
  • Krylon Looking glass silver spray paint
  • a spray bottle


After making sure the jar fits, clean it with hot soapy water and completely removed all the label adhesive. Use the denatured alcohol to polish it up and make sure all oils and finger prints are removed from the inside of the glass jar.

Spray a coating of the looking glass paint inside the jar. It will pool up some. Twist the jar to coat the sides, drain the excess out of the jar. Using the spray bottle sprits the inside of the jar with a mixture of white vinegar and water while the paint is still wet. I used about 2 tablespoons to a cup of water. It took two or three squirts to get the look I wanted. Drain out the extra fluid. Let it dry.


The cost of this project was minimal because I had everything on hand except for the paint which cost about eight dollars.

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