Searching for Permanence: Engraving Glass and Ceramic

Searching for Permanence: Engraving Glass and Ceramic

Before investing in an engraving machine, I was determined to find a lasting, permanent option for marking glass and ceramic pieces. Through my experimentation, I discovered that oven bake markers like the Pebeo Vitrea 160 Glass Markers or Uni Posca Markers are among the most durable choices on the market for hand decorating. 

Take a peek at one of my first projects from way back in 2017 - custom Santa plates and milk glass pieces. I hand lettered these with oven bake markers and then baked them in the oven to set the design permanently onto the glass and ceramic surfaces. The markers adhered beautifully, creating a smooth, glossy finish that could withstand washing in the dishwasher without fading or scratching.

However, I did notice that if the marker was applied too thickly or unevenly, those areas were more prone to scratching over time. For the best permanence, it's important to apply the marker in thin, consistent layers.


While oven bake markers provide an affordable way to engrave ceramics and glass at home, if you're ready to invest in true, industrial-strength permanence, mechanical engraving is the way to go.

Check out our engraving blog for tips on using rotary engraving tools and machines to create incredibly durable, deep engraved designs that will truly stand the test of time.

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