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« on: August 30, 2011 03:58:06 AM »

Hi all!

After getting completely overwhelmed at Hobbycraft earlier looking at all sorts of paints and other sparkly delights I thought it be best to come ask you talented people for a bit of advice and guidance!

I've two (of what I'm guessing) ceramic dishes which I'd like to repaint, I have no idea of what kind of paints / technique I need to use, both dishes seem to have a gloss coat on them - so I guess my questions are a) is it at all possible to repaint these? And b) if so what steps do I need to take? Also I should point out that these dishes are to use in the kitchen so have to be food friendly paint etc etc

Thank you for reading and happy crafting!  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2011 07:09:06 PM »

If you find something that works please post it:) I planned on painting mugs for christmas presents last year and spend weeks trying to find something that didn't scratch off. The best I found was using paints for ceramics and sharpies and then putting a clear topcoat over them. It didn't last very long, if you scratched at it with your finger it'd eventually come off. I ending up doing something else and now I have a bunch of plain mugs that I'd love to paint!

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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2011 12:33:03 PM »

I am looking to do something similar with some very plain dishes. I found a product that may work -- Delta Creative's Air-Dry PermEnamel. Their website says you can use it in the oven (up to 350 degrees) and dishwasher, so I assume that means it's food safe. You have to use their Surface Conditioner before using the paints. The products run under $5 at Jo-Ann. I'll let you know how it works.
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2018 08:30:13 PM »

If the pieces you want to paint are pottery and you want them to be food safe you will need to look for lead free china paints and overglazes. Here is a really good book that tells you about China painting (painting on a Prefired piece).


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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2018 01:20:30 PM »

unfired paints (even those that are baked in the oven at 350) are not usually food safe.  The could be used on the outside of the dishes, but not in areas that come in contact with food.

I used the Martha Stewart glass paints (they should work on glazed ceramics; glaze is pretty much glass) on some glass dishes, and after they set (3 weeks at room temperature or some time in the oven at 350), they were pretty durable.  I used them on the bottom of clear plates and the outside of glasses, with an unpainted border at the top where your lips go. 

Since those are vintage pieces, they may not be considered food safe today.  Lead glazes used to be more common than they are now.
If you want food safe you could try reglazing them and having them fired in a kiln (not a home oven).  There are many things that could go wrong with that, so I don't recommend it. 

If you want to get creative with ceramics, an easy way is to find a "paint your own" place.  They have unglazed bisque pieces; you glaze them as you like, they fire them, you take them home.

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