How to Make a Switch Plate
Here is a great way to make some "jewlery" for your house! This tutorial shows a very basic design for a single switch plate using two different Silly Millies. You can expand on your switch plate design by using many different canes or just a single design if you want. To make larger switch plates you will need one small Silly Milly more for each additional switch. To make a double switch plate will require 3 small Silly Millies and a triple switch plate will require 4 small Silly Millies. Watch out - once you decorate one switch plate all the rest will cry out to be decorated too!
Steps and Supplies to Create a Silly Millies Switch Plate
Supplies You'll Need
- 2 Small Silly Millies
- 1 Single Switch plate (any kind even plastic. If you use plastic test it in the oven at 275 first, most new plastic plates work but older ones may melt)
- A thin blade to slice
- A dowel or other cylinder to roll (a fat marker works!)
- A Needle or Toothpick
- Slice your Silly Millies into thin slices about 2 mm thick.
- Lay your slices out in an every other pattern.
- Don't worry about the spots of the switch plate that show through.
- Cover over the holes and all the way to the edges.
- When the entire switch plate is covered use your dowel or roller to smooth out the surface.
- You'll notice as you roll the slices will squish together to cover the whole switch plate. Roll it until you're satisfied with the coverage.
- Remember it won't melt together anymore as it bakes.
- Use your fingers to pinch the clay over the sides of the switch plate.
- Make sure all the edges are covered.
- Use the blade to slice along the back of the switch plate to remove any excess clay that was folded over.
- Poke out the holes where the screws go with the needle or toothpick.
- Trim any excess clay that is inside switch hole.
- Use an oven thermometer to be sure your oven doesn't run hot. You may want to test a small scrap of clay first.
- Bake the entire switch plate at 275 degrees.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Let cool for 10-15 minutes.
- And TA-DA you have a fun Silly Milly Switch Plate!