Friday, January 25, 2013

Pinterest Friday: The Infamous Sharpie Mug (of doom)

I'm sure everyone has seen these Pins on how to make decorate ceramic dishes with Sharpie all over Pinterest by now, they're one of the most common Pins I've seen out there. And I've also seen mixed reviews, because about half the people who try this say it works perfectly, and half say it completely doesn't work.

Hil and I are both in love with fun coffee mugs, so I decided to try this out for her birthday present. I found a perfect mug at a thrift store for $.49, grabbed my Sharpie and got to work! I chose a cool quote by Sherlock Holmes because Hil is obsessed with him, and this quote perfectly describes her.

 "My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work."
      --Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of the Four

I followed the instructions to a T. I wrote on my mug with Sharpie, baked my mug in the oven and then send it through the dishwasher to see if the Sharpie would stick:

using sharpie pens on mugs

Yeah, not so much.

As you can see, the Sharpie comes off in the dishwasher! Although not completely, so you can still read the quote. I tried everything to make this work the way it's supposed to. I went over it again (and again) with more Sharpie, I baked it twice, then I baked it for much longer then called for. Nothing worked!

using sharpie pens on mugs

The only thing I can think of that may have gone wrong is that some people say you're supposed to choose a dish with a rougher finish, and this mug had a really glossy finish to it.

This would have been really cool if it had worked! My solution is to buy a real ceramic pen and trace over the Sharpie, and re-bake it. Once I do that I'll give it to her, just a couple of months late for her the meantime this doesn't stop my husband from using it whenever it's clean.

Want to see our awesome redo that actually worked?  Check it out here!


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