I’ve seen this project so many times on Pinterest that I couldn’t resist jumping on the bandwagon. I use Sharpie markers for work so there are always have a few to hand and plain ceramics are easy to come by from second hand shops and market stalls. So what was I waiting for- time to get to doodle making!
After the fun part of decorating my mug I left it for 24 hrs to “set”. Then I placed it in my oven for an hour at 200˚C. I have read some online projects that use a higher temperature – I guess it depends on the ceramic piece you are using. I have also read that the cheaper quality the mug the more permanent the design but couldn’t verify that. It’s important to place your ceramic piece in the cold oven and then switch up the heat so that it doesn’t crack with the sudden change in temperature. Just use a black Sharpie as other colours fade a lot and don’t appear to be as permanent. You can see from my before pic (above) and after picture (below) that the red has faded to a very light pinky brown after baking. I switched the oven off and let the piece cool down completely before removing. The mug is definitely wash proof but I would be nervous to put in a dishwasher and would avoid all abrasive pads on the design.
It’s a great project for personalising presents for friends and family or even for updating some of your own pieces to give them a new lease of life. Did I mention how much fun it is?
The mug is a present for my mum to thank her for all the lovely Beauty of Bath apples and Conference pears that have come from her garden into my kitchen. A token of my appreciation for all the crumbles, stewed and poached fruit that have been consumed in our household over the last few weeks. Thanks mum!
UPDATE: 3 months later the lovely design looked very raggy despite careful washing. So, I’m disappointed to report that the Sharpie method is not as permanent as I hoped. I also decorated the outside of a teapot and now almost 5 months later it doesn’t look so bad. This method is only really suitable for decorative ceramic pieces or those that only need occasional wipe.