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.