How to Make a Colorful Light Switch Plate

Make a colorful, intricately detailed light switch plate from extruded polymer clay canes with these simple steps.
Related To:
hclvr142_4final4

hclvr142_4final4

Materials and Tools:

2 ounces of polymer clay in each color: lime green, white, chartreuse, alizarin crimson
metal light-switch plate
polymer clay extruder
pasta maker
clay cutting blade
ruler
parchment paper
spoon
needle tool
brayer
craft knife
oven

Steps:

1. Condition the clay and roll each color into snakes the size of your index finger. Slice each snake into random-sized slices, and randomly layer slices of different colors to create a cylinder. Roll the cylinder so that it will fit into the barrel of a clay gun.

2. Extrude the clay with a square die. Cut extruded clay into 16 equal lengths and stack them four across and four down, making a square cane approximately 1 inch across. Use a brayer to compress the elements and slightly reduce the size of the cane. Cut the cane into slices.

3. Prepare a sheet of white clay rolled to the No. 5 setting on the pasta maker and ½-inch larger on each side of the switch plate. Carefully cover the sheet of clay with thin slices of the extruded cane. Smooth the cane slices with parchment paper and a spoon. Run the clay through the pasta maker on the No. 3 setting in one direction, and then run it through on the No. 4 setting in the other direction.

4. Apply the decorated sheet of clay to the switch plate, making sure not to trap bubbles between the plate and the clay. Gently wrap the clay around to the back of the plate and trim the excess, leaving about ¼-inch wrapped around the back. Working from the back, locate screw holes by poking a needle tool through them. Then, working from the front, use a pencil to clear the clay from the screw holes.

5. Working from the back, use a needle tool to cut around the rectangular switch hole. Turn over and work from the front to remove the excess clay from the rectangular hole. Bake at 270 degrees for 30 minutes.

Keep Reading

Next Up

How To Embellish Party Lights With Colorful Streamers

Take your basic patio lights up a notch with sheer ribbon embellishments. These pretty colors will blow in the summer breeze, making those nighttime BBQs much more festive.

How-to: Pendant Light Wallpaper Shade

Follow the directions below to complete this DIY wallpaper craft from HGTV Magazine .

How to Carve a Light Switch Plate

Carve a unique design in linoleum, imprint it in clay and add an iron oxide finish to create a one-of-a-kind light switch plate.

Light Fixtures 101

Nothing affects both the mood and the function of a room quite like lighting does, so consider these 6 tips when deciding what fixtures to buy.

Create a Lighted Holiday Gift Box

Illuminate your holiday display with glowing presents.

How to Make an Enameled Switch Plate

Use copper wire, enamel and etching techniques to create a stylish touch for any room.

How to Make Patio Lantern Lights

Use die-cut boxes and vellum paper to create unique hanging lantern lights.

How to Install a Light Fixture

Step-by-step guide on how to install a new light fixture -- no handyman necessary!

How to Install a Dimmer Switch

Adjust the ambience and save energy with this project.

How-To: Vintage Egg Basket Lighting

Upcycle flea market finds to create exciting new pieces courtesy of the DIY experts at HGTV Magazine .

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.