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How to Paint on a Porcelain Cake Topper

    • 1). Purchase an unglazed porcelain cake topper. Unglazed pieces have a matte, grainy finish. If the porcelain appears shiny, the manufacturer glazed the porcelain. While you can paint over the glaze, the color will not be permanent and may crack or flake.

    • 2). Rinse the cake topper in cold water. This will remove any dirt or dust. For stains that do not rinse off with water, use mineral spirits. Be advised,mineral spirits are toxic. Only use spirits in a well-ventilated area. Rinse the cake topper again.

    • 3). Allow the cake topper to air dry for at least 30 minutes to an hour before working. Do not dry with a paper towel or cloth, which leaves lint particles behind. You can paint on the porcelain while still damp.

    • 4). Paint on the porcelain surface using a paintbrush or pen. Purchase paint specifically for porcelain or ceramics. Using a paintbrush allows you to cover large areas faster, but pens allow you fine control for small details.

    • 5). Allow the paint to set for 24 hours. During this time, the paint penetrates the porcelain's porous surface. After 24 hours inspect the painted surface for any inconsistencies in paint coverage and touch up if necessary. Wait another 24 hours for touch ups to dry.

    • 6). Place the cake topper in a room temperature oven. Turn the heat to maximum. The piece will warm up with the oven preventing the cake topper from shattering due to an extreme change in temperature.

    • 7). Bake the porcelain cake topper for 30 minutes or according to the porcelain paint's manufacturer's recommendation, if different.

    • 8). Turn off the heat on the oven, leave the door closed, and allow the oven and cake topper to cool naturally. Only open the oven door once the outside is cool to the touch.

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