October 2, 2012

Vintage Parlour Game DIY:
How to Make a Faux Mercury Glass Set of Dominoes

The game of dominoes is a classic family amusement that is enjoyed all over the world. Not a mere game of chance, this centuries-old pastime involves strategy and skill as well as a bit of luck. Domino sets come in many sizes, but a set of “double nines’ containing 55 pieces is a nice portable size, allowing you to take your game to the park, picnic, or back porch.

Traditional dominoes were made from ivory, bone and ebony. Today, most are made from plastic or resin. 

Here, dominoes get an elegant modern update with a vintage twist. Bold typography replaces the classic dots (or “pips”), and the tiles themselves are made from glass. 


Faux Mercury Glass Dominoes
(Double Nines)


  • 1 12x12 sheet rectangular glass tiles (approx. $10 in the tile section of the home improvement store) You will need 55 tiles in all to complete the set 
  • Domino Typography Sheet, downloaded and printed
  • Mod Podge Gloss waterbase sealer
  • Small paint brush
  • Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer spray, gloss finish
  • Krylon Looking Glass spray
  • A spray bottle filled with a solution of ½ water and ½ white vinegar
  • Soft lint-free cloth or paper towel

    1. Remove tiles from the mesh backing.  Soak in a bowl of hot water for five minutes.  Then use a soft-scrub sponge to remove the glue from each tile.  Dry and set aside.
    2. Print both pages of the Domino Typography Sheet on plain white copy paper.  With scissors, cut out each domino face by trimming inside the black lines.
    3. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the white side of a tile.  Apply a paper domino face and press out any air bubbles.  Repeat with remaining tiles and set aside to dry (approximately 10 minutes).
    4. Arrange dominoes with the number side face-up on a sheet of newspaper.  Spray a coat of acrylic sealer and allow to dry. Repeat.
    5. When sealer is dry, flip tiles over on a clean sheet of newspaper.  Spray backs and sides of glass tiles with mirror spray.  Immediately follow with a spritz of the water/vinegar mixture.  Allow 2 minutes to set, then lightly blot with a cloth or paper towel to achieved desired level of antiquing.   Set aside to completely dry for 1 hour.
    6. With silver sides facing up, spray the dominoes with acrylic spray to seal and protect the faux mercury glass finish.   
    7. When tiles are completely dry, you're ready to play! 
 *Tip:  Experiment with creating the mercury glass finish on a few blank tiles before antiquing the pieces with domino faces.

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  1. Such a Cute idea! I like how it turned out. :D

  2. These are amazing Jenn!! I am so impressed with how they look - I thought they were real metal!

  3. you amaze me my friend!!! xoxo

  4. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBB Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 3 post on Oct. 03, 2012. Thanks again.

  5. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 4 post on Oct. 03, 2012. Thanks again.

  6. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 4 post on Oct. 03, 2012. Thanks again.

  7. Wow wow wow! Saw these on Twitter and just had to stop by. My husband's father is from Puerto Rico and loves dominoes. I think I will be making a set of these for his Christmas present!

  8. Amazing. This looks like a high-end set of dominoes that you'd find in a pricey boutique. Truly amazing!

  9. Such a great, original idea! My kids love to play dominoes with their grandma. I'm going to help them make a set for her.

  10. These are seriously the most beautiful dominoes I have ever seen!

  11. Egad Jenn!!! You are a sensationally clever girl!! I am so making these...not that I play dominoes but I would love to have a bowl filled with these for my coffee table....these would be great for my apothecary jars too! I better start cranking these out soon :) Shared it!!

  12. These are simply beautiful, Jenn. I've been wanting to try the faux mercury glass technique for a while now. This is definitely giving me that push!

  13. Love these! Saw you at DIY for October....

  14. Jenn, Your vintage dominoes are so fabulous! I ended up making 5 sets - four for Christmas gifts and one set to keep. Your instructions were so easy to follow. Thank you!!!

    You can see a photo of a set, with drawstring bag on my blog at www.desiree-at-play.blogspot.com/2013/01/dominos.html


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