Step 1: Gather Supplies
a mug (I found this fine San Francisco souvenir item at my local thrift store)
enamel paint (Wal-Mart craft section)
scrap of contact paper
sharp exacto knife
some sort of design
Finally, I'll share the factoids about the San Francisco Cable Car system that are on my dorky mug
Step 2: Attach Your Pattern
Next tape on your design. I drew this (crappy) design but a silhouette image works great and you can find tons online. In fact, if it's birds you want, try here: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/birding123/identify/silhouette
Factoid: The first cable car in San Francisco started in 1893
Step 3: Cut Out Your Stencil
Factoid: Cable cars were invented by a man named Andrew something or other (I can't read it now that I've stenciled over it. Oops)
Step 4: Paint
Factoid: Something about 9.5 miles per hour, maybe that's how fast they go? These are some pretty bad factoids since I can only read part of each one!
Step 5: Remove Stencil
This time I waited until the paint was dry (1 hour) and found that the edges peeled up along with the stencil so the edges weren't clean. It helps if you peel really carefully but is there a perfect time to peel?
Factoid: Operation of a cable car requires 2 people, a gripman and a brakeman
Step 6: Bake
And that's it. It can be put in the dishwasher on the top shelf.
Factoid: I really need to clean my oven.
Happy Valentines Day!