I was as excited as all the other crafty people on Pinterest to see this easy craft of using a Sharpie marker on a mug , bake it, and viola it stays! Easy, right? Did it work for me?? NO!!! After washing about 3 times, the picture totally chipped off.
I searched: I tried other markers, oil based Sharpies, different mugs, letting it sit longer, baking it longer, to no avail. Of the ones that DID stay put on the mug longer they said: HAND WASH. Yeah right…. Without a dishwasher, nothing would get washed here.
So I persevered. And came up with a method that stays on and is washed in the dishwasher. Yeehaw! May not be the easiest way, but hell hath no fury like a frustrated crafter. It works darn it. So if anyone else is getting a jump start on Christmas gift ideas, here you go:
- Cheap mug
- Etching Cream (I would not suggest buying the big bottle for this only. Is awesome for glass etching and one bottle goes a LONG way. It is not too nasty- I touch with my fingers and it does not burn in any way) It is never on sale, so use a coupon- and it is about $8.
- Sharpie. (this mug is oil based one. I would think the others would work fine)
- Clear spray.
Step 1: Find your design. Here I was making a mug for tea. Get it?? ( I am a nerd, I know.) I think that thinner lines work better than big filled in spaces. I winged this by hand from pics I saw online. I apologize if it is copying.
Step 2: Clean your mug WELL. I used nail polish remover, but I think a good de-greaser would work too.
Step 3: Break out the etching cream: you want to remove that shiny layer of your mug to draw on. DO ONLY A SQUARE AREA WHERE YOUR DESIGN WILL BE. I SUGGEST TO NOT DO THIS ANYWHERE WHERE YOUR MOUTH WOULD TOUCH. I disclaim here: I have no idea how this changes the safety testing of the mug. But heck, it was a dollar store mug made in China. This design , in retrospect, should have been a bit smaller.
Follow the directions on your bottle. I just used a paper towel to rub it on, thought a sponge brush will work too.
Step 4: Wait about 10 minutes, rinse off the etching cream and dry the area gently. It should be a duller color. Lightly sketch the outline of your design with pencil if you need and get drawing.
IF YOU ARE RIGHT HANDED , START ON THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR PICTURE. Or you will smudge.
Step 5: Bake in oven about 375 for 45 minutes. Ovens can differ, just make sure it does not start to scorch. To avoid burning or smooshing, just shut the oven off and come back in a few hours to take it out nice and cool.
When completely cool, take this baby outside and spray it with a clear spray. I tried to figure out something that was food safe, but I am not positive. In my mind, I do not eat off the sides of the mug, so it is fine. If anyone has other ideas, let me know!
Do a few thin layers of the coating following your drying directions. Let it dry well and you are done.
This mug has gone through the dishwasher about 20+ times since I re-did it. (it is the same mug) Awesome. (just one small chip on the back, see above, where I think the ink was too thick.)