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Polymer Clay Light Switch Cover

Amy Wallace attaches colorful polymer clay strands onto a white light switch cover.

Materials and Tools:

white plastic light switch cover
2 colors of polymer clay
liquid polymer clay
water-based polyurethane
cordless rotary tool
clay cutting blades
latex gloves
clay extruder
toaster oven
craft knife

Steps 2-3

Steps:

1. Using a rotary tool, sand the smooth surface of a plastic light switch cover using a sanding bit to create a rough, porous area.

2. Randomly chop one or more colors of polymer clay into smaller pieces, approximately the size of a blueberry for a total of about two ounces of clay.

3. Using your hands, press the mixed colors together into a log shape and roll it out so that it is thin enough to fit into the clay extruder.

Step 4

4. Insert a multi-holed disk in the extruder to create very long spaghetti-like strands of polymer clay.

Step 8

5. Carefully lay out the polymer clay strands on a flat working surface.

6. Put on latex gloves. Squeeze liquid polymer clay onto the surface of one half of the light switch cover. Spread it evenly over the sanded, rough surface with your finger.

7. Lay single strands of polymer clay onto the liquid polymer clay covered area vertically from top to bottom. As you add strands, make sure they are touching each other. None of the original surface should show through. Trim off excess strands at the ends.

Steps 9-10

8. Cut holes through the clay to match the outlet holes in the switch plate using a craft knife.

9. Bake the switch plate at 275 degrees F for 20 minutes. Let it cool completely before proceeding.

10. Cover the remaining rough surface of the plate with liquid polymer clay and cover with strands of polymer clay. When finished, bake the plate again at the same temperature for the same amount of time. Let cool.

Step 11

11. Create flat disks of varying circumference with leftover stands of clay. Set them aside.

Steps 12-15

12. Apply a drop of liquid polymer clay to the textured, colorful surface of the plate. Place the pre-made disks onto the drop, pressing lightly to anchor them in place.

13. Bake the switch plate a third time at 275 degrees for 20 minutes. Allow to cool.

14. Apply and spread a thin layer of gloss medium to the surface with a fine paintbrush or the tip of your finger. Allow to dry. Apply a second coat.

15. Mount the polymer clay light switch plate on a selected wall.

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