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Friday, March 7, 2014

The Full Lowdown on Writing on Mugs with Sharpies!

OK all you PINTERESTers! I have been reading all the PINS about writing on mugs with sharpie markers and heating them in the oven... so I pulled out all of my markers and experimented.

First try was to use a regular black sharpie, let it dry, then following all the PINTEREST post instructions I heated it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Although it looked wonderful going in and coming out... if you used a scrubby sponge to wash it, the writing came off.


Next I grabbed an OIL BASED SHARPIE marker (purchased at Michael's)... and wrote on the mug. The ink flowed easily, the pen a dream to hold. Mistakes could be removed with a dab of nail polish remover on a paper towel. I let the mug dry over night and even though the writing stayed put when I scrubbed it... I baked it in the oven for extra insurance.


Lastly I tried a DecoArt Glass Marker (also available at Michael's) which are specifically designed to write on glass, porcelain, and ceramics. The directions read to let it dry for at least 8 hours then put in a cold oven, heat up to 375 degrees, bake for 45 minutes, turn oven off and let sit until cool... Then remove it. BTW I followed the same directions for the Oil Based Sharpie mug above. The paint seemed to drag as I used the pen and wasn't near as smooth as the Oil Based Sharpie. Although the finished project had a bit of a raised surface. The writing is permanent and didn't budge when I tried to scrub it off. I didn't try to remove mistakes so I am not sure the nail polish remover trick works with this, but I don't see any reason why it wouldn't.



So... bottom line??? In the future I would recommend the Sharpie Oil Based Marker. I felt the ink flowed smoothly and gave a darker and thicker line.

GOOD LUCK! Let me know if you make anything with this technique... or if you have any other 'helpful hints'.

33 comments:

  1. So good to know! I am trying it this week!

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  2. Disaster Alert. I tried the oil based sharpie marker on a Walmart mug, let it dry 24hrs. At first if looked great no smudging UNTIL I baked it. It all FLAKED right off. I was so sad. I next tried the permanent sharpie maker and baked it no flaking no smudging. Not sure about long lasting staying power. Only time will tell. I made it as a gift and wrote hand wash only no scrubbing on bottom.

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  3. I read something from another experimenter who said to use BIC markers instead of Sharpies, a Mainstay mug from Walmart and swab it with rubbing alcohol beforehand. Do the usual instruction for baking....start with cold oven and end with letting it cool in the oven before removing. I have not tried it but this is a different method than I've ever seen and might be worth a try. I am always searching for a perfect method for these mugs before I invest money on markers and mugs. If someone else tries this, let us know if it works.

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    1. I have also read this method and it DOES work! I did exactly as you just described and I can even wash my mug in the dishwasher. A few things to beware of: the colors of the BIC markers do change a bit after baking in the oven, and the overall markings may fade over time and use, but if hand=washing and drying, I assume that won't be a problem. I use the Pebeo Porcelaine 150 China pens for my projects that I want to last a long time. They are a little pricey, but they give a raised finish and can withstand almost anything if you follow the directions.

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  4. Used Sharpies, baked at 460o for half hour, no problems!

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  5. Has anyone tried any of the methods in the dishwasher?

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  6. Thank you for pointing out that Sharpie is not the wonderpen Pinterest seems to think it is. I don't understand why people want to give their friends temporary crappy gifts that won't last, no matter how clever it is.

    http://en.pebeo.com/Pebeo

    Use Pebeo. All sorts of paints in all kinds of colors for this purpose. Markers, liners and brushable. Bake for 40 minutes and you have a wonderful dishwasher safe project. but I wouldn't recommend painting any area that comes into contact with food.

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  7. This is great information! I love it so much that I featured it on my Blog post “12 Quick and Easy Christmas Crafts” I would love it if you could check it out :-) http://eclectichandmadecreations.com/2014/12/19/12-quick-and-easy-christmas-crafts/

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  8. I agree!! Thanks for sharing this! There are so many other great alternatives.

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  11. Thank you. I made a mug for my fiance with the sharpie, since all the Pinterest posts, but it came off. Your tips were very helpful!

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  12. i'm not sure, that baking mugs with oil base sharpic is ok, becasue its oil base and could be toxic (if youre using your oven to preparing food!). i bought some special markers (water base), so theres no toxic fumes during baking :) xoxo

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  13. i'm not sure, that baking mugs with oil base sharpic is ok, becasue its oil base and could be toxic (if youre using your oven to preparing food!). i bought some special markers (water base), so theres no toxic fumes during baking :) xoxo

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  14. Bummer - I found this post a year too late. I made mugs last year (last minute) with regular Sharpies. After I took them out of the oven - some of the colors have faded or even changed. My dishwashed my test mug to find out that those mugs with regular Sharpies are just to show and not for use :( - too late, they were wrapped up and ready to give away.

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  15. Thanks for this share. I tried the regular sharpies also had the same thing happen. Glad someone had this figured out.

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  16. Thanks for sharing this post! We used the Sharpie method - found that it changed color, wiped and washed off when using the 425° for 30 minutes method. Then we tried the 250° for 2 hours method. The color stayed vibrant and didn't wash off with "gentle" hand washing. However, some of the colors washed off in hot water with a little scrubbing . We ended up spraying with a high gloss finish since we didnt have time to completely redo 20 plates We'll definitely be using the oil-based Sharpie the next go round!

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  17. Thanks for sharing this post! We used the Sharpie method - found that it changed color, wiped and washed off when using the 425° for 30 minutes method. Then we tried the 250° for 2 hours method. The color stayed vibrant and didn't wash off with "gentle" hand washing. However, some of the colors washed off in hot water with a little scrubbing . We ended up spraying with a high gloss finish since we didnt have time to completely redo 20 plates We'll definitely be using the oil-based Sharpie the next go round!

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  18. do you still bake the ceramic mug after using the oil based sharpie?

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  19. After baking your creations, coat with dishwasher safe mod podge. Cure according to package directions, and you should be good to go.

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  20. The DecoArt glass markers are perfect for this! I have used them multiple times on various projects. You don't even need nail polish remover to erase mistakes. Just grab a paper towel and carefully wipe off whatever portion you messed up on (I usually go through 2 paper towels when I do ceramic projects!) I've never had any problem with the marker dragging or not depositing color on the ceramic, except for on dark mugs - the gold and silver are perfect, but I usually don't have success with color. The color does work fine on white mugs, however. Once dried for the 8 hours and then baked, I've never had any problem with the paint coming off the mugs/plates.

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  21. I work at Michael's - BTW - you can also use any acrylic paint and bake it on as well. Also, you can "bake " it in the dishwasher by just using the heat/drying part of the dishwasher. It gets hot enough to bake it on.

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  22. Thank you!! A few of my friends and I are going to do this, and I am so glad you posted this. I appreciate the advice :)

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  23. Guys this is fantastic I have had these questions for so long and want to try it now that it know. Thank you!
    One more question, I have a gas stove is that going to be a problem? Oil based sharpie wise? Just wondering.

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  24. Can you do this on glass? If so can you bake glass?

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  25. So many options. Nice to know which one worked best. Thanks for the input....can't wait to try it~~!!

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  26. I think I would spend the money on the markers meant for porcelain& glass. I go to dollar tree & stock up on mugs, but I haven't bought markers yet. But I was skeptical of sharpie lasting. But it never hurts to experiment. Thanks for sharing :)

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  27. When you want to get something special for your loved ones, you must look out for the personalized photo mugs & coffee mugs online

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  28. I lightly sanded some of the original clear coating off of the mug before I cleaned with alcohol and painted. Then baked, then sealed with a Krylon clear coat. . . . .worked great.

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  29. Yup tried it didn't work, it washed off.. I got posca pens even they washed of until I baked it in the oven on a higher heat 195-200 celsius fan assisted oven. Now it's fine 160c for 45 mins does not work

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