Sunday, 9 December 2012

DIY Cat Tea Set

As you know, I've been busy making my best friend's Christmas presents (like the galaxy shoes I made). She's very fond of cats and tea, so I decided to combine both her loves and get her a cat-themed tea set. After much searching, I couldn't find a set that I really liked, so I decided to make my own. It turned out to be very simple.


Tea cups + saucers
Porcelaine paint, fine and thick tip

Give your cups and saucers a good clean and allow to dry.

You can buy a stencil or draw freehand. I printed and cut out two images that I liked and traced around them on the cups using pencil. I drew all the paw prints by freehand, which is why they kind of vary in size. I think it adds to their unique appeal ;)

I decided to use Pebeo Porcelaine 150 paint pens, both the thick and fine tips. Using the fine tip pen, go over the outline of your design. Then, using the thick pen, carefully fill in the inside. It's going to look a bit streaky, so you'll want to go over the design another 1-2 times. Wait at least 24 hours each time you go over your design.

After your final design has been allowed to dry for 24 hours, place your cups and saucers in a 
cold oven and set it to 150*c. After 35 minutes, turn off your oven and allow them to rest in the oven until it's completely cool.

Give the cups and saucers a quick wash and your done! The pens say that they're dishwasher safe, but I'd stick to gentle hand-washing just in case.

I have a pretty shaky hand, so I think mine turned out ok considering! The design possibilities are endless, so let your imagination run wild.

My friend's present is now wrapped and ready to go :)

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