Pin Reaper: Sookay
What I Did: I overheard my sister-in-law complain that she wished she had her own mug that no one else would use (she LOVES coffee). I’m broke, and so for Christmas I decided I’d make her a personalized Sharpie mug with drawings of some of her tattoos and her name. Now, I’ve had a few Pinterest fails in the past, so I looked for more than just the get a cheap mug, use a Sharpie, let dry for 1/2 hour, and bake cold (place in the oven before oven heats up) for 30 min at 350°’. I’d thought I’d found some decent sites with people who had recently failed at this, and so I followed their edited directions instead. After hours of drawing samples and then finally putting the sharpie on the mug, I was rather proud of myself (I have next to 0 drawing skills), and the images were super vibrant. I let it dry for 2 days and then baked it cold at 450° for 45 minutes and let it sit in there as the oven cooled… and was appalled at the burned off colors. I ended up making her something else, but I included this mug, with the before/after pictures and told her she could keep it or throw it against a wall, my feelings wouldn’t be hurt. I think she liked it, despite the drab colors.
Next Time I Will: This project is tough because of the glaze on the mug, specifically in that you don’t know what quality glaze they used – cheap mug or not. Most of the sites say get the cheapest mug you can, and I found this one at Target for $2.99, so I thought I was on the right track (the cheaper the mug, usually the lower quality the glaze and the easier it is to melt/reform it over the Sharpie). I might look into more sites next time and see if the type of sharpie really does make a difference. I read mixed reviews on oil-based or regular markers, so I just used regular Sharpies. I kind of doubt the temperature difference from most blogs of 350° made that much of a difference as the choice in Sharpies did. But, I wasn’t willing to buy a bunch of mugs and markers just to try it out.