Metallic oil-based Sharpies = nice | How About Orange

September 26, 2011

Metallic oil-based Sharpies = nice

I bought a couple of oil-based Sharpies at Michael's recently—the package says they'll write on metal, pottery, wood, rubber, glass, plastic, and more. I chose a two-pack with gold and silver pens and tried one out on this ceramic cup. Nifty! The paint is opaque and shiny and didn't bead up. Now I'm plotting what else needs gold and silverizing. I'm like Midas with markers.

30 comments:

Tricia said...

Midas with markers...bwahahaha nice.

Kim C. said...

Why thank you for feeding my Sharpie obsession!

D said...

I recently bought a 5 pack of the paint sharpies so I could decorate my roller derby helmet, and I want to paint over everything now too!

spiffykerms said...

Love the design you drew on your cup. I'm linking you in my blog post tomorrow - decorating my office! I think I'm going to have to purchase a mug + sharpies :)

BeadsAndBarnacles said...

Ohh how interesting. How well does this wear tho? as I find that my normal sharpies have a tendency to rub off somethings.

Jessica Jones said...

Yep, I wondered that, too. So I tried scratching off one of the little dots with my fingernail. I scratched hard, and the paint wouldn't come off. It did make slightly darker lines through the paint, like the light was hitting it in a different way so it appeared darker where I scratched, but I couldn't get any white to show through. I think normal handling won't affect the paint at all; you'd have to scratch with something sharp to get those dark lines to appear.

Kate said...

I've been wondering how long they take to dry. What was your experience?

Grace from the Shoplet Blog said...

I've never tried those but always wanted to! Now I have to get some. My latest obsession is with these Sharpie Mean Streak Markers - http://www.shoplet.com/sharpie%20mean%20streak%20markers/usrch They write like big, permanent, wet crayons.

Another option to try is this pilot silver marker - http://www.shoplet.com/Pilot-Creative-Art-amp-Crafts-Marker/PIL41800/spdv It's not quite as permanent though

Jessica Jones said...

Thanks for the suggestions, Grace. Kate, I didn't even notice the drying time. A minute or two? It was dry by the time I was done drawing. Unlike my Christmas light project!

Beckie@Cubicle57 said...

Yes, I saw these the other day and wondered if they were too good to be true! Thanks for testing the waters!

Grandma G said...

Nice! Are they dishwasher-proof? (Not that it would matter to me, of course.)

Mum

Jessica Jones said...

Ha. So true. I'd hand wash, since dishwashers can be abrasive.

Poppyprint said...

ooooo, you could go all 80's Madonna and do your front tooth!

Jennifer said...

Nice, indeed! I'm glad to see that they're also Xylene-free... I hate all the nasties that are usually in permanent markers.

Heather Joy said...

Beautiful! What a great idea and you're an amazing free hand artist! :)

Ine said...

What a greate thing to do to pimp up your mugs and other pimpable things!!! I think I will let my son go crazy before xmas.
Love your blog!!!
- Ine

sew{very}creative said...

Awesome Jessica! Love your mug!

I'd bear in mind, though, that they're likely not food-safe (since Sharpie isn't touting them as being so and I'd think that would be a selling point for them to mention if they were). So I'd restrict them to areas mouths won't touch!

Love your blog, Jessica! And your fabs! *drool*

Jessica Jones said...

SVC, very true! Fortunately I don't plan to lick my pencil cup. Very often.

Jacki said...

I bought those a little while back, and love using them for designs on black and dark colored paper, it shines on those.

Ridgely's Radar said...

Love sharpies! Would've never guessed you used sharpie on the cup!

Elsa said...

Oh, YES! I can imagine a great many projects I can use these for.

Thanks for posting this; I would never have known about them otherwise. (The scents at my local craft store gives me a headache, so I do quick targeted trips there: zip in, pick up [_____], and get the heck out.)

Sarah said...

Nice and sweet idea. Nicely executed too. It gave me the idea of taking a $2.50 string of lighted skulls (halloween cheapie dec at Target), breaking out the Sharpies, and making them dia de los muertos skulls. I think the silver and gold will give them zing. Your site is so awesome...consistently awesome.

Jackie said...

I heart Sharpie! I used a white oil based one for some doodling on my sons' school water bottles (metal). I wasn't sure how long the paint would last but so far, one month in, they look the same as they did on the first day! Of course, I've been hand washing them but even with all the other abuses they get during the day, the paint hasn't worn off at all, yet.

http://living.weelife.com/2011/09/personalized-water-bottles.html

Emma said...

I've been thinking of decorating mugs or cups and I thought these would be the solution. But maybe not! Does anyone know of a pen that would be dishwasher safe and non-toxic?

Jessica Jones said...

Try Pebeo Porcelaine pens and paints—I've dishwashed cups decorated with these before, and the paint doesn't budge. Some of the colors I tried weren't as opaque as I'd have liked, though.
http://www.dickblick.com/products/pebeo-porcelaine-150/

Dani Marie said...

I just wanted to let you know I included this in my 2011 Ultimate DIY Gift Guide (101 tutorials/recipes)! :) http://danimariedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/10/2011-ultimate-diy-gift-guide.html

Raspberry said...

I'm looking for something to write on wood and last a long time - would these or the 'stained on fabric' ones do better? I'd like a fine point if possible.
Anyways, I figured if anyone knew it'd be you. :) Thanks!
rae_sunshine4(at)yahoo.com

Jessica Jones said...

I'd go with the oil-based sharpies, not the fabric ones—the fabric markers might be more likely to bleed a tiny bit.

Anonymous said...

i used these to decorate mugs & i baked them at 450 degrees, they've held up pretty well!!

Brita M said...

Do you need to bake them?

ShareThis