Sunday, 30 April 2017

Sharpie Pen–Birthday Plate

The original idea for this plate comes from Pinterest
Sharpie Pen Birthday Plate 5This plate, originally from Ikea measures 19.5cms in diameter, so I would think I would probably describe it as a large tea plate.
Sharpie Pen Birthday Plate 1There’s not a great deal to it really, I started off by drawing the basic design on the plate with a black Sharpie pen ……..
Sharpie Pen Birthday Plate 4……. and then gradually filling it in with all the other Sharpie colours I have, adding random doodles and and spots as well as filling in the candles.
Before baking in the oven I let the plate dry thoroughly about 48 hours to make sure it was really dry, then I baked it slowly in the oven at 130c for two hours after reading several articles on the net on the best ways preserve/secure the ink from the rigours of washing up -
Sharpie Pen Birthday Plate 7

Post Note: I had to experiment with the baking time and temperature of this plate after the ink failed to adhere on a previous plate.  I increased the temperature between 180/200 in an electric oven, baking for about two hours. The ink set ……. but the colours faded considerably, as the picture below illustrates.

Birthday Plate after ovenMe thinks more experimentation needed …… perhaps a high temperature but a lot less time? I won’t let this beat me!


Di said...

Oh you clever girl - I just love this Helen! A super idea and great result. The thing is, only you could do it so well.


Di xx

Cheryl W said...

That will be a fun plate for the birthday celebrant to use on his/her special day.

Silvia said...

Hi Helen - Here is a link to a site where the lady did testing for different temperatures/time:
I went through all of this last year for Christmas and one big thing is that there you have to use different sharpies for this. They are oil based sharpies and once baked they withstand washing. Here is an Amazon link to what they look like in the box:

I'll e-mail you shortly!! This will be a really fun project for you.
(from Kansas)