So, I currently make and create mugs with paint pens. I've use basically all there is out there, I bake them in the oven at 360* for 35 minutes, and I even slightly sand them with fine grit sandpaper before drawing the designs. However, NOTHING makes them dishwasher safe, and even just hand washing them gently seems to scratch the design off. I've been trying to think outside the box to make them more durable. I've tried a top coat, but those easily wash off. I am now contemplating between getting a kiln and getting a sublimation heat press. Of course I would use the mug press the way it's supposed to be used, but could I also use it to set the ink for mugs that I've drawn on with paint pens? Also, for a kiln, can I use that to set the paint pen ink? Or would I have to put a glaze over that for optimal results. Would I even be able to reglaze an already glazed mug?
Sorry for all these questions! Any and all input is greatly appreciated!! Especially if you have a type/brand of heat press or kiln that you love.
Oh, and one last question! For the heat press, I heard that you could add something to the mug if is not a sublimation ready mug. What's the best and does it work?
I hope I'm in the right place! I just discovered wetcanvas and decided to give it a try