I have discovered the miracle that is a Sharpie pen, a ceramic mug, and an oven, and I have seen the light!
I have seen lots of pins on Pinterest, but always doubted that it would work, but it does-hallelujah!
Sooooo, this is what I made for hubby’s niece for Christmas-a hot chocolate kit in a personalised mug:
The process is really quite simple, and if you are better than me at writing and drawing, it would be even simpler.
I am not very good at writing neatly, or drawing anything that looks as it is supposed to, so I used my super-duper Silhouette cutting machine to make the ‘design’ which it then cut out on vinyl, and I could then use this as a template on the mug. Basically you then draw/colour in with your Sharpie pen, remove any stencils, and place in a cold oven.
Turn the heat up to 230C, and when it has reached temperature, leave it in for half an hour, then turn the heat off and leave the mug in the oven to cool down. (I think all these precautions are to limit the chances of your mg cracking).
And it’s done!
Here are some tips/precautions before you dive on in:
- Apparently cheaper mugs are better than more expernsive ones-something to do with the glaze. Mine was £1 in the charity shop 🙂
- De-grease the outside of your mug with something like surgical spirit beforehand and then give it a good wash and dry
- You might need to do 2 coats with your Sharpie pen (leaving it to air dry in between coats) to try and minimise the appearance of the brush/pen strokes
- Don’t put them in the dishwasher even once your design is baked on!
I am happier about this than it is probably reasonable for a grown woman to be, but there we go, it’s the little things!
I filled the mug with some hot chocolate on a stick things I made, which I will tell you all about tomorrow 🙂