Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Switch Plate ReMake!

 I have now figured out a way to decorate the most boring item in my studio.
The light switch plate.  
It is such a blank canvas I don't know how I didn't think to paint or collage it sooner.
 Colours come together by themselves in my studio.  
All summer I have been drawn to yellow and orange.  I had some fun deciding which of these might go onto the switch plate.  I didn't even need to worry if they were flat because
I was not using traditional glue.  I used Jewelry Clay to adhere everything to the plate.

 I made a good size ball of clay for this project.
 I applied a fairly thick layer on the switch plate cover.  Some of my items (like the tiny dolls) would need to be deeply pressed in order to attach permanently.  
TIP:  I was very careful to ensure that none of my embellishments were near the area the sitch would need to operate.  I also kept the screw in area clear as well.
 I added beads in any open area.  
Jewelry Clay air cures, so no oven required.
I could have left the clay as it is because the cured colour is quite nice...but that would not be fun.
 It just so happens I have this gorgeous orange Pearl-Ex!  I dusted it across the entire switch plate.  
I always allow my clay and Pearl-ex to cure together overnight.  Pearl-Ex will only cling to the clay, so there is no rush to brush it off.
 The next day I use a fairly stiff stenciling brush to sweep away the excess powders.  
Now my light switch fits in my studio.  I have it hanging next to one of my bigger painted collages.

This post was designed, photographed and written by me.
It appeared on Resin Crafts Blog.


Carol McCready said...

So fun.

Renee M said...

What a fun idea! And I could use all these little cute leftover bits & pieces I have that I don't know what to do with. Thanks :)

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

What a gorgeous collage! Now it's not so lonely on that wall ;-)