12 Feb

Fail: DIY Sharpie Dinnerware

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Name: Abby @ Trial & Error Creativity

My Blog: http://trialanderrorcreativity.blogspot.com

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Original Inspiration: http://www.thesweetestoccasion.com/2012/07/diy-sharpie-dinnerware/

What I Did: I knew what I was getting into when I started this. I had heard almost universally that this project was doomed. Besides, it sounds too good to be true. You’re telling me I can make whatever design I want using nothing but Sharpies, and all I need is to bake it for a little bit?

I decided that I’d have to go big or go home with this project: 400*? Try 450*. Thirty minutes? Try an hour and a half. I decided that I’d risk burning the porcelain (if such a thing is possible) to really, really, *really* bake the Sharpie in.

I should have known I was in for it when, after the porcelain was cool, I picked it up with damp hands, only to smudge some of the porcelain. I gave it the benefit of the doubt: maybe I had just smudged the excess Sharpie.

The benefit was squashed when I gave it a gentle cleansing with soap and water. No sponge, either — just my hands. Half of the design came off as a result. The above picture is the result of washing with a textured sponge. It came off completely when I put the pitcher into the washing machine.

Oh well — at least I still have a cute pitcher!

Blog Post Detailing The Experience: http://trialanderrorcreativity.blogspot.com/2013/01/pinterest-fail-baking-sharpies-onto.html

My Result:

Next Time I Will:  Buy porcelain paint, because this project does NOT work with Sharpies!

Comments on this post
  1. Michaela says:

    I did this project too! In Sharpie’s defense, there are Sharpie® Oil-Based Paint Pens that would work for this project, but not many people on Pinterest bother to mention that! Personally, I used the generic paint marker that was on sale.

    1. Misty says:

      The sharpies will work on coffee mugs. I have done a few of those and it’s never came off.

      1. Gina says:

        This actually does work. You have to bake it at a lower temperature for a longer period of time. There is a pin explaining this on pinterest. I have done it and it is dishwasher safe.

        1. Sarah says:

          I wish I could bake my walls at 450 for hours. Maybe my toddler’s artwork would come off !!

          1. Ashley says:

            Sharpies worked for me!

            1. Jessica Kues says:

              I made one of these for my dad, and you have to put the mug, or vase in a cold oven and heat to 450. I let it bake for an hour once it heated, and then I turned off the oven and let the mug cool with the oven. The sharpie has stayed on wonderfully since then.

              1. Tina says:

                There’s another type of pen, similar to a Sharpie, called a Laundry Pen that does hold up at high temps. I used them as an intern testing circuits at high temps (labelling purposes). I’m not sure how commonly stocked they are at office supplies, though. And I don’t think they come in a lot of colors.

                1. Tina says:

                  Edit for my previous post: I just Googled it. It’s the Sharpie Rub-a-Dub marker and it only comes in black.

                  1. Hannah says:

                    Sharpie is not food safe after baking, so be careful of where you put it on you piece. There are food safe alternatives such as pebeo pens.

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