Pinterest Plate — Success!

platesAt my school when teachers leave, a peer-teacher is asked to give them a sendoff on the last day. After working with a science teacher for 10 years, I wanted to do something special and creative. Enter Pinterest… those 12k posts better be good for something!! Find me and follow = Caren withaC 

I started with a plate from the Dollar Tree. I wanted the plate to be personalized for the teacher, and that meant his name in the center. I used Microsoft word art to create the design.

Plates 2Now, how did I get so balanced and centered on the plate? First, I covered the back with pencil graphite. When I aligned the word art on the plate, I simply traced over the letters. This created a faint line to use Sharpies to cover.

Next, I had other teachers write personal goodbyes on the plate. [I made sure to balance the plate with blue and black writing.] 

Now with fingers crossed, it was time to bake the plate. Directions on Pinterest ranged from 250o to 350o and 10 minutes to 30… I decided to go high.

I placed the plate in the center of the cold oven [this precaution should keep the plate from cracking due to heat shock].  I set the oven to 350o and waited until it reached temperature; then I set the timer for 30 minutes. So far, so good.

My big mistake – I was too anxious… When the plate was still warm, I tested the marker – it could be wiped away. Oh no! All that work… But did I give up??? Me?? No way! My next decision was to start over with another 30 minutes. This time I left the plate in the oven over night to cool down. When I checked it in the morning, I could not wipe the writing away. SUCCESS!  

 Now, I don’t know if the plate is dishwasher machine washable. My directions were to hand wash the plate. I guess next time I’m planning on baking, I will write on the bottom of one of my plates to test the durability. I’ll update you when I complete my test. Thanks for reading.

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