I've been wanting to try doodling on cups and dishes for a long time now and I keep coming across posts about using Sharpie pens to write on ceramics. I found two white mugs at our local coalition last week for a whopping 25 cents apiece and thought it was time to give it a try. So, off and on Saturday, I stopped and doodled a little here and there until I had covered one mug up pretty much with doodle flowers and birds.
There were a great many mixed reviews as to whether or not the whole Sharpie on ceramics + baking at 350 degrees for 30 minutes even works. Well, I baked at 450 degrees for about 2 hours and then let it cool in the oven overnight. It seemed pretty sturdy and I even drank a cup of coffee from it this morning. But, if I scratched really hard, it looked like some of the ink came off just a wee little bit.
So, I baked it again today at 450 for another two hours. I figured it couldn't hurt. Again, I left it to cool in the oven for another few hours before taking it out again. A little preliminary scratching around seems to show that the ink is pretty well set, but I'll let you know how it holds up in the long run.
I did, however, purchase an ultra-fine Sharpie paint marker today and am planning to try it out on the other mug I have this week.
More to come....
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