If you have been on Pinterest at all in the last few months I am sure you have seen lots of sharpie projects on ceramic mugs, ceramic plates and lots of ceramic stuff. There has been lots of talk as to whether this technique worked. So I thought I would put it to the test.
My kids were very excited about the idea too so I went to the local Dollar Store and bought 4 white ceramic plates.
Step 1: Make sure the plates are nice and clean and free from any smudges.
Step 2: Start coloring
Step 3: Do a little dance and have some fun!
Step 4: Put finished plates in oven and the set to 350 degrees. When the oven beeped saying it was preheated that is when I started my timer for 30 minutes. When the timer went I turned the oven off but left the plates inside to cool in the oven. I left them there for several hours.
When the plates were completely cooled we all had a good laugh as we were pulling them out of the oven. A lot of the colors had changed quite drastically. My daughters blue sky turned a weird green and a lot of other colors became much darker as well.
They were all very excited to use them the next night at dinner. So of course they got dirty and where all put in the dishwasher. The first trip through the dishwasher there were a couple spots that looked like it was coming off. But the second trip proved that this method is not permanent, at least the way that I did it.
I really am bummed because I thought this would be a great way to keep their art work and make it fun.
So I did not find success with the Sharpies and my ceramic plates, but if any of you know a better way that it DOES work, I would love to hear.