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ragstorichesart
« on: September 13, 2007 07:14:26 AM »

Hope I'm posting this in the right spot. These make me wanna curl up by a fire with hot chocolate ... if it wasn't 80-some degrees outside. Sigh.  Undecided  I painted/beaded these as a wedding gift:



Also, here are some porcelein mugs I painted for teachers' Christmas gifts:



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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2007 07:17:48 AM »

::: STANDING OVATION!::::

Those are *really* cool!

Nice work!

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ragstorichesart
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2007 07:19:20 AM »

Thank you! I kinda wanted to keep 'em for myself. Is that always a dilemma for us crafters and painters?  Huh
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2007 07:28:14 AM »

These are excellent! I love the mugs in particular. I like the darker color with the candy stripe handle.
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2007 07:54:00 AM »

i love the beaded handles on the heart set.
the script on the others is inspirational.
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wondermelon
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2007 07:56:00 AM »

I also like the mugs the most but that's only because with the beads on the handle of the heart glasses, it seems like it would be hard to pick them up, especially if they're full...? Maybe?
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ragstorichesart
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2007 08:16:38 AM »

Yikes. Good point! I didn't even think of that. Good thing it was for a friend of mine ... maybe she won't sue me in the event she drops hot coffee on her lap.  Cheesy I actually never hold my mugs by the mug handle -- I'm a dork, I know. So this gives me a new perspective. Next time, maybe no beads on the handles. Thanks for that!
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Kaissa
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2007 09:50:58 PM »

Very nice. Those mugs are fabulous.
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joyfulheart
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2007 06:07:19 AM »

WOW!  Beautiful beautiful beautiful!

How did you do these?  Especially the one's with the teacher names and candy cane handles... 

Is it a special mug, painted and fired? special paint?

Dishwasher safe?

Please give info.  I ave 3 kids, and they each have ALOT of teachers!!  LOL
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ragstorichesart
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2007 05:22:32 PM »

Thanks for all the kudos! I'm glad you guys like them.

As far as paint, it's nothing special ... just a paint specifically for glass/ceramics. It's an enamel paint, easily found at Michael's, and I've even found it at Wal-Mart. Not especially sure of the brand. Sometimes, the paint is in containers just like acrylic craft paint, but they have a sticker with an "E" (for enamel) on top of the cap.

I clean the glass/ceramic with rubbing alcohol, then paint away. Also on the glass/ceramic paint are instructions about drying the paint by baking. I think you can either air-dry it for three weeks, or bake it for about 30 minutes. There's also a clear varnish for use specifically on glass/ceramic. Sorry I don't remember the brand names.  Undecided  I'm pretty sure that I did not use the varnish on any of the mugs or the pitcher. It always seems to suffice just to bake the paint on. But the varnish would probably give it a different, more satiny or glossy, finish.

Hope this helps! Teachers love, love, love these gifts!
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