Given how much tea itself stains the cups... perhaps you could make some VERY VERY strong black tea and leave it for a few days, throw the liquid down the sink and start again (for hygeine reasons of course)
haha, tis true. Mention tea and we brits shall appear!!!Thanks Scry and Baron. Just mention tea, and the good people from the UK come forth!
I did a little searching for what not to do to china, which is, of course, exactly what I'm going to do to it. I've got one extra saucer and will give it a going over with steel wool and possible a few quick passes with a fine grit sand paper to scratch the glaze. Then I'll dip it in boiling water for a couple minutes, pull it out to let it cool, then repeat this a few times. I might also try it in the microwave oven or conventional oven a bit. Fortunately the cups and saucers were only half a US dollar each, so even if this destroys a setting, its easy to replace.
Regardless of how this turns out, I'll definitely try Scry's suggestion about staining the cups with tea or some dark liquid.
Hey Scry. Just click on my user ID, select View Public Profile from the drop down menu, then click open my album. I''ve got one shot of a cup and saucer as purchased, and a couple shots of aged ones. Sorry, I'm not the forum photo person in the household. But let me know if you have trouble seeing them and I'll see what else I can do (or actually ask my wife to do).sounds like it turned out well. would love to see some pics!