Metallic Sharpies

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Decorating glassware with Sharpie Paint Pens

Have you guys seen those oil-based paint Sharpies around the web? I bought a pack of the medium tipped silver and gold pens to test out. Here's are some of the featured traits from the Sharpie website.
  • Marks opaque and glossy on light and dark surfaces
  • Use on virtually any surface: metal, pottery, wood, rubber, glass, plastic, stone, & more
  • Quick-drying. Resistant to water, fading, and abrasion

I bought the medium point pens and decided to try them out on these mis-matched glass candle holders. They originally were filled with wax, but after the candle was all used up I just cleaned them out and they were the perfect palette for my new paint pens!

Decorating glassware with Sharpie Paint Pens  
I took care not to touch the glass where I was going to draw the design so the paint would adhere to a clean surface and not smudge. Just hold the glass with a dishtowel while you're working on it. I settled on a retro-style overlapping square pattern and just got going with the gold pen.

Decorating glassware with Sharpie Paint Pens

The paint went on really easily and dried quickly. I made a matching pair to hold brushes and hair accessories on my bathroom counter. Cute and functional! I've seen Pinterest pins about heat setting your Sharpie-decorated items in the oven (though there were no instructions like this on the pen package). To test out the paint's durability, I took the glass to the kitchen sink and gave the pattern a really good scrub with a sponge and dish soap. The pattern didn't budge so I didn't bother with the oven step.

Decorating glassware with Sharpie Paint Pens Decorating glassware with Sharpie Paint Pens  
This one would make a nice flower vase. I'm looking forward to using these paint pens for more craft projects. I think they'll be really handy around the holidays for dressing up glass ornaments and decorations. Have you tried these paint pens yet?


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