When I recently saw this summer themed switch plate using EnviroTex Jewelry Clay, I had to try making my own. Using sea shells, sea glass and pebbles collected from the beach, I made new beach-themed decorative switch plates for my bathroom.
Hello! Jane here from Sustain My Craft Habit and I’m so happy to be back here on the Resin Crafts Blog sharing a fun coastal-inspired craft with you. On the small area of wall by the door in my bathroom exists switch-plate palooza! There’s the electrical outlet, a large plate with three switches and an additional switch plate for a light fixture above the large bath tub.
The bathroom is not very large and we rarely use that extra light fixture. So, much to my husband’s chagrin, I decided to sea-dazzle that extra switch plate.
The EnviroTex Jewelry Clay makes a fantastic adhesive so the embellishment possibilities were endless. I used a few pieces I had collected at the beach: tiny sea shells, pebbles, quartz pieces and sea glass (I actually raided my daughter’s collection for some pieces – don’t tell her!).
Materials Needed to Make these Decorative Switch Plates:
- Decora electrical light switch plate(s)
- small beachy embellishments (sea glass, pebbles, sea shells, white decorative sand)
- EnviroTex Jewelry Clay®
- a release agent such as vegetable oil, olive oil or Castin’ Craft Mold Release and Conditioner
- gloves, wooden craft stick
How to Make Beach-Themed Decorative Switch Plates
Read all instructions on the packaging before starting and work in a well-ventilated area.
1. Thoroughly wash the switch plate and all the beachy embellishments. Let dry completely.
2. Practice arranging the embellishments on the switch plate – play around until you achieve your desired look. (Tip: Take a photo to refer back to.)
3. Scoop out equal parts of the 2 Easy Sculpt Clay components using two wooden sticks (avoid cross-mixing the materials in the containers).
4. Spread some of the release agent on your gloves to keep the keep the clay from sticking. Completely blend the two components together until a consistent colour is achieved (no ribbons or marbling; about 1-2 minutes).
5. Separate the clay into three small balls and then roll each between your hands to create long cylinders.
6. Use the cylinders to create a rough “rim” on the top surface of the switch plate, about ⅛” thick. Spread out the clay to a thin coat.
7. Use straight edge of craft stick to make edges look nicer all the way around the plate.
8. Start reassembling your embellishments. We started with the seashells, then pebbles, then filled in any gaps with the teal and white sea glass pieces for a mosaic effect.
9. Finally, pour some white decorative sand over the entire surface. It will adhere to the clay but fall off the other areas of the plate. Let cure fully.
I must admit I had some doubts about the practicality of this project, but it turned out so nicely, like a little piece of art. I think our Graystone Beach coastal cottage bathroom, which we’ve been renovating over the past few months, may need one of these embellished switch plates too!
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Jane and Sonja are sisters, moms and lifelong craft addicts both living near Toronto, Canada with their families. They share their love of creativity, nature and coastal DIY ideas on their blog Sustain My Craft Habit. They craft and decorate their homes using repurposed and upcycled items and materials found in nature.