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June 9, 2013

PINSPIRED: Sharpies and mugs -- don't believe what they say

Tonawanda News — Some weeks the only good thing I think that comes from these Pinterest projects I test out for you, dear readers, is that I’ll save you all the time I managed to waste.

I’ve seen this project several different times and completed by several different DIY-crafters out there. 

The idea is that you can create personalized designs on ceramic mugs, plates or bowls using a permanent marker — they all suggest using a Sharpie. After completing your design, you then “set” the image permanently into the ceramic by baking it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

I was inspired by one blog post in particular to put my initials on a couple mugs using a stippling effect with the markers. I bought some stick-on letters sold in a package meant for kids’ science fair projects — boy I wish they had those when I was a kid.

It took several tries before I got the letters on the mugs straight. I used “DH” on one and simply “D” on another so both my roommate and I could feel comfortable using it. 

I then dot-dot-dotted all around the stickers heavily. By the way, this is not something done idly while watching a more plot-intense television show like, say, “Homeland.” A couple of my dots turned into lines, but hey, no one said I was a perfectionist.

After completing the two mugs, I popped them in the oven and let them bake as I watched the remainder of that particular “Homeland” episode (basically long enough for me to change my mind twice about whether or not I think Brody is, indeed, a terrorist). 

I set the mugs out to cool and just before bed threw one in the dishwasher and set it to run. I’d heard rumors that the Sharpie-decorated ceramics aren’t dishwasher safe and wanted to test that out for this column. 

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