A Party Dress For Mrs. Snow

Ten years of collecting vintage mercury balls and I still don’t have enough to make a decent wreath. Grrr.

I blame Martha Stewart and her “tag sales” for scooping up the loot before the rest of us have a shot.

In fact, I don’t know about you, but I have never even been to a “tag sale.”

In fact, I’m beginning to think “tag sale” is just a Connecticut term for “eBay.” 

I decided to take my small-yet-passable collection out of the box and hang them from my chandelier, Mrs. Snow. She never looked so good.  I’m glad, because she is going to be wearing that dress until Valentines. Lookin’ good Mrs. Snow!

Has anyone out there tried this trick using acetone to make new mercury glass look old? It didn’t work for me. Maybe I missed something. Sigh. Next year….

Comments

  1. PeachesFreund says

    Oh man! You were a smarty pants at 8!

    I would like a tour of ornament Heaven. I hear it’s beautiful. Overpopulated, I’ll bet.

  2. lucasuk82 says

    Not that much of a smarty-pants, I left the tinsel tree in the dumpster. Selling that sucker on eBay could have financed NYE at the Signature Lounge. For some reason, ornament heaven makes me think of the island of misfit toys.

  3. says

    Mrs. Snow’s new “dress” has inspired me to do the same to a little black chandelier that I got from Hobby Lobby and have not used yet. I hope I can find the box of antique chandelier pieces I got from a E-bay a few years ago to use! I just started reading your blog today and look forward to reading more in the future. I like your quicky wit and sassy responses.

  4. nutbirds says

    Take the cap off an ornament and dip a Qtip in nail polish remover. Stick it into the ornament just where the cap covers the neck of the ornament. See what happens. Maybe you could take some new ornaments and add a little nail polish remover to the inside and swirl it around. You may create a new look, or at least something to use in a wreath.

  5. PeachesFreund says

    You’re right. They are probably just painted on the inside. Still… Acetone would wear down paint on glass, you would think?

  6. lucasuk82 says

    I had a HUGE collection; my grandparent’s church was throwing away boxes of them and I as a precocious 8 year old dumpster dove for them. Unfortunately, the bin was dropped in one of my moves and all but a few went to the great ornament heaven in the sky.

  7. nutbirds says

    Tag sale is a Connecticut term for garage sale. Not eBay. Tag sales are cheaper than eBay. I’ve been trying to age a new mirror, but I don’t want to use muriatic acid since I am messy. I guess I have to remove the paint on the back of the mirror, Then try to alter the mirror part. I read that CLR might work. How do you know that the ornaments are mercury glass if they are colored? Christmas decorations are best found at large sales, like church sales, or some organization’s sales. Keep trying, don’t give up.

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