Detailed tutorial explaining how to make faux mercury glass. This is probably the best tutorial I've seen, lots of pictures and a great explanation of all the steps. Not too hard, but should be done outside because the paint is spray paint. How beautiful.
Outdoor lighting idea from Martha Stewart -gather clear apothecary bottles and fill them with lamp oil and wicks. Arrange the bottles under a large glass hurricane jar for protection and place on a sturdy glass cake stand.