Color Changing Mugs – Design Disappears with Heat!

July 1, 2017Allison Murray
These color change mugs are the coolest! Pour in hot coffee, or whatever you please, and the pretty marbled design disappears!

This is a post brought to you by SolarColorDust.com. I was provided product to create this tutorial with. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

These color change mugs are the coolest! Pour in hot coffee, or whatever you please, and the pretty marbled design disappears!

In all honesty it’s been a while since I’ve made hot coffee at home. I have a coffee maker it’s just that I’ve been all about these little refrigerated espresso drinks that give me a caffeinated jolt sufficient to what I need in just a few sips. When it’s summer I truly have very little desire to drink coffee that’s hot so this works out super well.

But Rob still likes a good, hot beverage from time to time. Unlike me, he doesn’t do caffeine because he is far healthier than I am. And when he does do caffeine because my drink looks fantastic enough that he wants a sip, he typically bounces off of the walls or he gets kind of pissy :) He’s a go at your own pace kind of laid back dude and he’s just not a creature made for going super fast :) Now me, I have to go, go, GO!

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These color change mugs are the coolest! Pour in hot coffee, or whatever you please, and the pretty marbled design disappears!

Though it feels like a freaking dishwasher on the dry cycle outside right now it will eventually cool of to, like 70, and I’ll bust out my cardigans because I’ve gotten used to this sub-tropical climate, and I’ll be begging for a hot cup of something good. And when that day comes (and oh, my it cannot come too soon!) I’ll have teh coolest mugs on the blog that just might encourage me to accidentally overcaffeinate entirely.

These color change mugs are the coolest! Pour in hot coffee, or whatever you please, and the pretty marbled design disappears!

Why? Because these bad boys change color with heat. BOOM! At room temperature they are bright and colorful but they lose most of their tint when filled with a hot liquid. The secret is in the thermochromic pigment I scored from SolarColorDust.com that changes from a color to clear at 86°.  Want to make your own?

For this project you will need:

These color change mugs are the coolest! Pour in hot coffee, or whatever you please, and the pretty marbled design disappears!

Place a small amount of pigment in a small, disposable cup. I love using these medical measuring cups I score at Amazon.

These color change mugs are the coolest! Pour in hot coffee, or whatever you please, and the pretty marbled design disappears!

Add clear nail polish to the cup and stir to incorporate well.

These color change mugs are the coolest! Pour in hot coffee, or whatever you please, and the pretty marbled design disappears!

Fill a small tub with distilled water and clean a white mug with alcohol to remove all residue.

These color change mugs are the coolest! Pour in hot coffee, or whatever you please, and the pretty marbled design disappears!

Pour your tinted polish on top of the water slowly so that it pools up on the surface.

These color change mugs are the coolest! Pour in hot coffee, or whatever you please, and the pretty marbled design disappears!

Mix colors, if you wish, and use a stick like a toothpick to swirl the paint around and create a marbled pattern.

These color change mugs are the coolest! Pour in hot coffee, or whatever you please, and the pretty marbled design disappears!

Dip the cup as you’d like it, carefully lowering it straight down and pulling it straight back out again. I say this but I totally didn’t manage this myself :)

These color change mugs are the coolest! Pour in hot coffee, or whatever you please, and the pretty marbled design disappears!

Collect the extra nail polish from the surface with a needle. Swirl the needle around and the paint will glob onto it and then onto itself. Take care to remove as much as you can before using the water for another marbling session.

These color change mugs are the coolest! Pour in hot coffee, or whatever you please, and the pretty marbled design disappears!

Allow your mugs to dry (I have a bowl in there, too since I had extra pigment in the water!) Remove any polish that is too near the lip of the mugs or where you might accidentally make contact with your mouth as this is not considered a food safe decoration.

Now I put way too much pigment in my paint and it balled up on the surface of the water. Rather than deal with the grit on top of the mug’s surface I picked each little glob away and then used nail polish remover to try and make it appear to be a part of the design rather than a mistake. If you’re better about your pigment to polish ratio you shouldn’t have to worry about this. I tend to suffer from a more is better mentality and it doesn’t always work out for me :)

These color change mugs are the coolest! Pour in hot coffee, or whatever you please, and the pretty marbled design disappears!

 

Use dishwasher safe Mod Podge to seal your mugs, taking care not to get it on the white part of the mug because it will be visible once dry.

These color change mugs are the coolest! Pour in hot coffee, or whatever you please, and the pretty marbled design disappears!

Once your mugs have had plenty of time to dry (I gave mine a few days for the Mod Podge to cure) you’re ready to use these guys. Now the pink/orange combo is more vibrant but I’m in love with the better swirl/marbling pattern I got from the blue and green. Isn’t it so pretty?

These color change mugs are the coolest! Pour in hot coffee, or whatever you please, and the pretty marbled design disappears!

And this is how they look when filled with hot liquid. Cool right? But I bet you want to see it actually happen, right? Well, I’ll work on getting a video up ASAP!

Are you loving it? Are you wanting to make your own color change dishware? Huzzah! Snag that thermochromic pigment over at SolarColorDust.com and the rest of the supply list you can conveniently pick up at just about any store you visit. Happy color changing!

These color change mugs are the coolest! Pour in hot coffee, or whatever you please, and the pretty marbled design disappears!

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