Beard Mugs

Welcome to the new Spiderduck, Nerdburgh merger! Though the website may be a bit different we are still the same old Nerdburgh, just with new friends. I do want to apologize that last month there was no Nerdcraft. I swear I did the craft but when I intended to post it, Comic Con distracted me and then the merger was happening. Eventually, I’ll post that particular craft as a random extra in some month.

This month we are going to do something a bit on the simpler side of crafting to get our new Spiderduck family used to what we can offer: Sharpie Mugs! Also, since the newest Hunger Games movie was just released last weekend, it is the perfect theme for our Nerdcraft this month. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t want a mug that I could easily buy in almost any store, with the same mockingjay symbol on it. So I went with something a little different. How many out there think Seneca Crane’s beard was epic? This girl right here! So we needed to make a mug that paid homage to that beard.

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For this craft you will need:

  • Plain Ceramic Mug
  • Oil Based Sharpie Paint Marker
  • Pattern
  • Exacto Knife
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  •  An Oven
  • Tape
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Step One: The Pattern

Since I wanted to put Seneca Crane’s beard on the mug I spent a good amount of time looking for an image of the beard that I liked the most. This took a good amount of time searching Google. Finally, I found what I was looking for in a good beard.

Print this out to fit on the mug you got.

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Use the Exacto Knife to cut out the beard, keeping the blank part of the paper to use on the mug.

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Trim around the pattern to make it fit better on the mug for taping.

Step Two: The Mug

Prep the mug by cleaning it not only with dish soap and water but rubbing alcohol to ensure its cleanliness. Tape the pattern in place taping the edges down.

Taking your marker, color in the beard sticking to the pattern and staying in the lines.

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Note: Please make sure when you pick up your marker you are getting the oil based kind. If it isn’t oil based it will wash away.

Step Three: Bake

Place the mugs in a non-preheated oven. Set the temperature to 425 degrees F. When the oven reaches temperature set the timer to 30 minutes. Honestly this was the smelliest part of the process.

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After the 30 minutes is up, turn off the oven and leave the mugs in there while it cools completely.

Note: This is to help keep the mug from cracking from drastic temperature changes.

Step Four: Enjoy

Feel free to fill your mugs with your favorite teas, coffees and hot chocolates.

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Your mug will be ok to hand wash but I really can’t tell you if it will be okay in the dishwasher, I sadly do not have one to test this out with, but I was fine with washing them in the sink.

I thought that making a custom mug was way more fun and interesting than just picking up a mug at any store. Also since Christmas is less than a month away great gift idea for your fellow nerds. Even some of us nerds prefer the handmade gifts to the store bought ones…. Except when it comes to games…. Yea just buy those.

See you next month when our Nerdcraft will be themed to Mario… not Mario himself but something from his games. Feel free to leave me comments, images of your completed craft and any suggestions you may have for the future. Love you all!