Sep 11, 2012

Personalized Porcelain Ware

The holidays are around the corner. We all love giving home made gifts but we do not necessarily want to spend hours on just one masterpiece for the neighbor 5 houses down the street. How about making some pretty custom porcelain ware to give this year that takes just a bit of time? All you need is some simple white or solid color plates, mugs or bowls and Porcelaine 150 pens. I found the pens at Michaels and the plate at Walmart.

Here is what I did:

Grab your pen, this is how it looks brand new.

You need to shake it well and push  in the tip several times to get the ink flowing. I am going to be honest with you. Only one of the pens started working right away, the blue. It took about 15 minutes of vigorous shaking and I had to repeatedly push in the tip before the yellow ink started flowing. I got the red pen working by putting it in warm water for about 10 minutes (make sure the tip is not in the water!) because the ink flow was chunky at first. No amount of work helped the black pen. Hopefully you will not have any problems, but you never know. Just keep your receipt! {When you are buying the pens, shake each one gently, and if you hear the small metal balls that are there to help the ink flowing, rattling inside, the pen should work.}

I made sure the plate was clean and drew my design with a pencil. I used a cloth under my hand to keep from smudging my work or getting oil from my skin on the plate. Then I just went over the pencil lines with the Porcelaine150 pen.

If you make a mistake, no problem. Just use a soft cloth to wipe it away. The ink will not dry for a few minutes so you have some time. When you are done, set your design aside and let the ink set and dry for 24 hours. Wipe away any pencil marks. Then bake it at 300 Fahrenheit for about 30-35 minutes. The colors are dishwasher safe!

Put some cookies on it, or just wrap it up! The possibilities are endless. You can personalize mugs, have the kids decorate something for Grandma or Grandpa, make Santa plates...make coasters using tiles!