How to Write on Porcelain Mugs

by Katie Kenig, Demand Media
    With a computer-printed stencil, intricate designs can be created on a porcelain mug.

    With a computer-printed stencil, intricate designs can be created on a porcelain mug.

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    Once you know how to write on porcelain mugs, you will be able to create a variety of designs suitable for gift-giving, school and church fundraisers and home use. Whether you choose to create a stencil or free-hand your design, the one-of-a-kind nature of the mug makes it a cherished possession and keepsake. Corporate logos, sarcastic slogans, names or nicknames and inside jokes can be used to create an item which will be a perpetual favorite for the user.

    Step 1

    Create a stencil for your writing with a font on your computer, if desired. Print out the stencil and cut out the design. Tape the carbon paper to the mug with the carbon side facing down, and tape the stencil over the carbon paper. Trace over the stencil heavily with the pen until the design is visible on the mug. Remove the stencil.

    Step 2

    Trace over the pen lines created with the stencil or draw your design on the mug freehand with a Porcelaine pen. Allow mug to dry for at least 30 minutes.

    Step 3

    Place mug in a room temperature oven. Turn the oven on and set the temperature to 300 degrees. Bake the mug for 30 minutes. Remove the mug from the oven and allow to cool for 24 hours.

    Tips & Warnings

    • Add decorations such as flowers, symbols or abstract designs to your mug to further personalize it.
    • Porcelain cracks from sudden temperature changes, so the oven must not be pre-heated before baking the mug.
    • Do not use abrasive cleansers or dish scrubbers to clean your mug as they will remove the design.

    About the Author

    I have taught classes in writing and ASL, but teaching crafting techniques has been my passion for many years. I have had one-on-one tutoring classes and have taught groups as large as 60 in various seminars. I consider myself an expert in a wide range of crafts, from soap-making and jewelry design to crochet and needlework, and my teaching experience gives me an edge when it comes to sharing knowledge in a friendly and understandable way.

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