Weekend Workshop – Mercury Glass Votives


Dating back to the mid-1800’s, mercury glass was originally created as a replacement for sterling silver, yet actually contains neither silver nor mercury. As traditionally practiced, the process of blowing mercury glasses utilized a double-walled technique which involved pouring silvering solution in between two glass layers. Mercury glass remains a popular material for Christmas ornaments and other decorative household goods. Today, this art form can be mimicked on glass objects using common household vinegar and a spray-can technique.

On Saturday, April 22, from 11 am to 12 pm, Museum Educator Catherine Lipper will hold a mercury glass votive workshop at the Wilton Historical Society. Participants will create their own decorative votives complete with candles, and enjoy a snack of sugar cookies decorated with silver confectionery.

Suggested for ages 6-10. Members: $10 per child; Non-members $15 per child.

Please fill out the form below to register or email info@wiltonhistorical.org

Did You Know?

Silvered “mercury” glass originated in Germany as an inexpensive alternative material for candlesticks, vases, goblets, and other objects. The name “mercury glass” may have originated from early attempts to create the silvery appearance using actual mercury, but the practice quickly disappeared due to the toxic nature of the element.