Decorating light switch faceplate: sculpey

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First roll out sculpey with a rolling pen like device, you may have to use clay softener and knead it some to soften it up enough to work with it. Use wax paper under it so it won’t stick to anything. Make it about 1/4 inch thick, and just big enough to cover entire plate. Don’t worry about the switch holes or screw holes just yet, we’ll get to those later.

Cover the metal faceplate with aluminum foil, conforming it to the surface. Cut out the switches and punch out the screw holes.

I actually glued the sculpey down to the metal plate to give more stability in the end. You can find metal switch covers at Home Depot, they are about $2 each. I found a white one. Look for something that will withstand the heat of the oven (325).

Take the sculpey and after peeling it off the wax paper place it onto a foil covered metal faceplate. trim the sculpey around the outside edges. You can shape the edges how you want with your fingers.

Ok, now you need stamps and sculpting tools if you want to create something from scratch. I used pigment powder and those new style clear plastic stamps, but didn’t use the stamp block (you’ll figure that out when you go to look for them) .

Press the stamps into the sculpey wherever you want to make the impressions. Then take a paint brush and randomly (or orderly) apply the pigment powder to the surface of the clay wherever you want the color. I brushed the green color into the dragonfly bodies and wings, then blended the other colors to create a veragated look. You can practice on sculpey before you roll it out. When you knead it, it will blend into the sculpey too.

Once the design is complete, you can cut out the switch holes and small holes for srcrews, use the actual faceplate as the template. You can use an exacto knife for this cutting. I used a scalpel.

Once you have all the holes ready, and the design complete, you can take the whole thing and bake it to the sculpey specifications. The time and heat are on the package.

When done baking, let the item cool, remove the sculpey from the foil covered plate, remove the foil from the plate, and glue the sculpey to the metal faceplate. I used flexible jewlery glue. I think its called 4000, ill have to check the name and comment later. Let dry, and apply 2 to 3 coats of mod podge to seal the pigment powder to the sculpey. Let this dry, and you are done! Yay!

1 Comment

  1. August 4, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Beautiful!


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