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I have a mug. YAY!

I was snowed in last night, so why not get crafty?

A girl I work with just found out she has mono.
Everyone at work has their own coffee cup, but lazy people are always using other people's mugs so they don't have to wash them. She was laughing about the nasty surprise the next person who uses her mug is going to get.... and i thought of a magical present for her.

I do a lot of painting on glass. I made some money this summer by painting custom wine glass sets, which people commission me to do as wedding gifts. The glass paint can also be used on porcelain and stonewear.

So I made this very special coffee mug:

(I'm sorry some of these photos are fuzzy)

Here's the materials-
paper towels, can o' water, tiny paintbrush, Q-Tips, alcohol swabs, toothpicks, blank coffee mug from the dollar store, and glass/porcelain paint.
I use the Pebeo line of paints, they really are great.
glass- http://www.pebeo.com/asp/prod/fiche.asp?lang=us&id=17
ceramics- http://www.pebeo.com/asp/prod/fiche.asp?lang=us&id=42

Also pictured is my reference sheet for the text.

Before you paint, gotta make sure the surface is as clean as you can get it.
First, wash the thing, then go over it with an alcohol swab. You need the really strong alcohol swabs.
Don't use Windex! It leaves film!

Onto painting!

Before using the brush, I layout the text lightly on the mug using a toothpick dipped in paint. Then i go over it with the brush. The toothpick gives straighter lines, like a sketch.
I got through the first line pretty well. Second line, not so well!

But that's okay! Just rub out the mistakes with a moist Q-Tip, then go over it with another one of those trusty alcohol swabs. Anything you do can be washed off with water, until you bake it. You can even leave things for weeks.

Almost done!!!!

And here's the magical mug.
I can't believe it looks this good. Painting on a curved surface is hard.
It took an hour and a half.

And there's even a surprise on the bottom...

But I'm so sad I have to give it away :(

Now I must let the paint set for 24 hours, then bake in a 300 degree oven for 35 minutes. After that the design will be permanent and dishwasher safe.

I think everyone I know will be getting hilarious mugs eventually.


( 21 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 23rd, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
That is FANTASTIC!! I am sure she'll love it - it's hilarious.
Jan. 23rd, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
OMG I am in love with that mug! LOL!!
Jan. 23rd, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
That's awesome!
Jan. 23rd, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
That mug is *sickeningly* cute! ;)
Jan. 23rd, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
wow, thats awesome..

are there any other brands of that glass/porcelain paint? and where could i get it?

thats such an awesome idea!
Jan. 23rd, 2005 11:56 pm (UTC)
I don't know about other brands, but you can check out your local craft store, and they're also usually carried at stained glass stores too.
Jan. 23rd, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
Excellent work - that's snazzy stuff! If you don't mind my asking, what font did you use and where did it come from? I'm in love...
Jan. 23rd, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
Why that's "Fontdiner Sparkly"
It's a personal favorite of mine :)

It's available in the FREE section of http://www.fontdiner.com
All of their fonts are lovely.
Jan. 23rd, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip - that font will be mine :)
Jan. 23rd, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
For those of us with wonderfully shaky hands :) Do you think it would work to put carbon paper underneath it and trace the letters that way to have the outline to fill in? Or would that affect the paint in some way or show through when baked?

I think this is a really cool project idea - I've never even thought about making our own mugs. I always seem to be buying my husband coffee mugs, and I think it would be hilarious to make some custom ones to make him smile every morning!
Jan. 23rd, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC)
Well, the instructions are quite specific that *nothing* can be left on the surface you're going to paint, and if you touch some part of it with your finger you have to go over it again with alcohol....
That being said, it never hurts to experiment. It might work, but affect the permanence of the paint when you bake it.

I know that you can safely use stencils and masking tape, that's your best bet.

You could email Pebeo and see if they have any suggestions.
Jan. 24th, 2005 01:31 am (UTC)
you could cut out your design in contact paper and stick it to the cup, etc. then you would have a stencil that would stay put.
Jan. 23rd, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
So you just COPIED that font? wow i'm impressed! I could never do that!
Jan. 23rd, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
my thoughts exactly!
Jan. 23rd, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, you!
Don't feel bad, I'm a professional illustrator.
I have trained to do such things.
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Jan. 23rd, 2005 10:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
I'll sure try to leave them up, unless photobucket goes under or something.
Jan. 23rd, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
It would be cool to give one as a gift that just has something on the bottom on the outside, [or the inside,] and they'd be all 'it's just a plain mug' until they used it and the person opposite was larfing.
Jan. 24th, 2005 12:36 am (UTC)

Excellent! I especially like the "YAY" on the bottom!
Jan. 24th, 2005 12:54 am (UTC)
that was a brillant idea.
it made me chuckle...!
and by the way, your AWESOME user name is totally from my favorite book ever.
Jan. 24th, 2005 02:20 am (UTC)
omg. i have to paint on mugs and cups now.
about how much $ did this cost to do?
Jan. 24th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)
The paint is about $8 per bottle, that will last a long time.
Alcohol swabs are $3 for a box of 100.
And the mug was $1.
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