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  • Switch Me

    Designed By Becky Cates

    Personalize your room with these embellished switch plates created with a Paint Works™ paint-by-number kit.  All of these plates were created from ONE painting.  After painting, add dimension with a dimension glaze and tiny glass marbles for a one-of-a-kind work of art!



Directions:

  1. Decide portion of painting you wish to use for each switch plate.   I used a clear plate cover that I had on hand as a pattern and positioned it on various areas of the painting to help me decide what sections to use.  You can either use a pencil and lightly trace around this plate or use the actual plate and cut with your blade butted up to the edge of it.  Cut out sections of the painting using knife, mat and metal ruler.  Press firmly on first pass with the knife blade and continue to carefully go back over area until you have cut through all layers of the chipboard backing. 
  2. Trace rectangular opening in center of each plate with a pencil.  Cut out with knife.Use paint from your kit to paint around the raw edges on each plate.
  3. Use a toothpick to place a small amount of dimensional adhesive inside each sunflower (or rock on stone wall).  Pour tiny glass beads over the adhesive and shake off excess.  Allow to dry THOROUGHLY!
  4. If desired, add more dimension to highlight areas of painting by filling in with clear dimensional adhesive.  Allow to dry completely.
  5. Use thin coats of clear decoupage medium to cover entire surface and edges of switch plate.  You will need to use at least three coats.
  6. When decoupage medium has thoroughly dried, spray or brush on clear sealer.

Tip for Success:  Use several THIN coats when covering a project with decoupage medium.  Allow time between each layer to dry thoroughly before adding additional coats.

Techniques: Although the nozzle on bottles of dimensional adhesive have a small opening, it is still difficult to squeeze out a very thin stream of glue.  I like to squeeze a small puddle of the adhesive on a paper plate and then use a toothpick to color in the sections I wish to cover.  It takes a little more time, but allows for more accuracy.

Plate1 Plate2 
 Plate3 Plate4
 

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Other Supplies

  • E.K. Success Retractable Knife Value Pack – EKCKR03 (knife, mat and metal ruler)
  • Glossy Decoupage medium – I used Mod Podge®
  • Tiny Glass Accent marbles/beads:  Bronze (the ones I used were made by Halcraft USA)
  • Water-based dimensional adhesive:  I used Diamond Glaze™
  • toothpick
  • Sealer
  • Traditional switch plate to use as pattern

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