For best results, clean the crockery thoroughly (ideally in a dishwasher) and then wipe with methylated spirits. This is important in order to remove any invisible protective film from the manufacturer, and also fingerprints and traces of grease. The porcelain brushpens are ready to use: the ink is really smooth, so it can be applied without dripping. As you decorate, make sure there are no unnecessary fingerprints underneath the ink as you apply it.
When adding your design, only paint the outer rim of plates or the outside of cups, avoid painting the inside of any crockery. The highly flexible tip of the porcelain brushpen means you can make fine lines or broad strokes. We recommend that you draw the outline of your chosen design with the fine brush tip first, before holding the pen flatter to colour in the rest of the design. Fine details, such as dots, are easy to add using the fine brush tip. If you make a mistake, simply wipe away any unwanted ink with a damp cloth or cotton buds. You can still make changes at any time until the design is heat fixed by baking in the oven.
When you're happy with your design, let the porcelain dry for 15 minutes before baking at 160°C for 25 minutes in a pre-heated oven. Leave to cool in the oven afterwards. After heat fixing, your crockery will be dishwasher-safe. Daily cleaning: avoid friction and rubbing by positioning the item in the dishwasher so that it's not in contact with other items of crockery or cutlery.
Products and materials
- White or light-coloured porcelain or ovenproof ceramic
- Methylated spirits to thoroughly clean the porcelain prior to decorating
- Water and damp cloth or cotton buds for correction
- A conventional oven
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