How-to: Refurbish Thrifted Dishes with Ceramics Markers

bake the decorated dishes according to the markers' instructions
bake the decorated dishes according to the markers’ instructions

After decorating the dishes, let the marker cure for 24 hours, then put them in a single layer in a cold oven. Preheat the oven and bake the dishes for the time and temperature noted in the ceramic markers’ instructions.

Once the dishes have been cured, baked, and cooled, they’re ready to enjoy.

You’ll definitely want to use ceramics markers for this project. I’ve seen some projects floating around the internet that use baked-on Sharpies to decorate coffee mugs, but I don’t get why. Ceramics markers are designed to be baked on, whereas baking on Sharpies is more of a DIY hack, and it doesn’t always work. I’m not super skeezed out by weird chemicals, but I know that many of YOU are, and although I’m not writing about the chemical make-up of various markers here, I’m just going to assume for the moment that a set of markers that is designed to be baked onto foodware is safer to use than a set of markers that is not designed to be baked onto foodware.

Anyway, off my soapbox.

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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