So simple and exciting if true- but it made me wonder why anyone would bother to buy real ceramic pens if a sharpie works just as well.
With such a fun idea though and all the materials already in our house...definitely worth a try. First, I used a black sharpie to draw a bubble letter outline for "I Love Dad" on one side and a blank face on the other side of a plain white, ceramic cup. I baked it at 350 for 30 minutes, waited for it to cool and let my preschooler use our colored sharpies to decorate.
So what were the results from our little experiment?
1. The marker does not smudge when it is handled. It didn't even come off when we ran it through the dishwasher.
2. If you work at it with your fingernail or with a rough sponge, you can get some of the marker to rub off. Rubbing alcohol erases it completely.
3. I imagine ceramic pens work better and don't rub off, but for a child-made mug for Daddy I think the sharpie is just fine!
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What a super cute idea!
That is a really cute idea! Do you think the sharpies stay on better after being baked than they would before?
That's a good question, MaryAnne- to me they seemed to, but I didn't go about testing it scientifically; so I can't say for sure.
I love his expression in that photo - almost a grimace of accepting love!
Thanks for posting this. I was wondering how it worked. I had a disaster of a time using those ceramic pens last year- half the ones i bought were dry and unusable (but Michael's on brodie took them back anyway - yay!). I tried a few of my scrapbook pens and have had the best luck with my Identipens. I bought some more on ebay.
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