Angel Wall Switch Plate

ornament measures 4" x 3"
 

If you’re the kind of person whose motto is “if it doesn’t move decorate it”, this is the holiday project for you.  The elegant angel switch plate will dress up any wall in your home and delight anyone who needs to flip on a light.  Pick up some clay and print out the template and you’ll be on your way to this easy completed project in a little more than an hour.

Directions

step 1 - Print out the template page.  Cut out the five pieces (#4 and #5 are not pictured here).

step 1 - Print out the template page.  Cut out the five pieces (#4 and #5 are not pictured here).

step 2 - Blend gold clay with white clay until you achieve the coloring you like.  Roll the clay flat to about 1/8 inch and cut out pieces #1 and #2 following the templates.

step 2 - Blend gold clay with white clay until you achieve the coloring you like.  Roll the clay flat to about 1/8 inch and cut out pieces #1 and #2 following the templates.

step 3 - Place a stencil on piece #2 and roll across it to transfer the design onto the clay.  Do the same with piece #1.

step 3 - Place a stencil on piece #2 and roll across it to transfer the design onto the clay.  Do the same with piece #1.

step 4 - Remove the stencil.

step 4 - Remove the stencil.

step 5 - Use template #5 to cut out a piece of gold clay. 

step 5 - Use template #5 to cut out a piece of gold clay. 

step 6 - Use template#4 to cut out a piece of gold clay. Cut the wing #3 out of white clay.

step 6 - Use template#4 to cut out a piece of gold clay. Cut the wing #3 out of white clay.

step 7 - On a sheet of aluminum foil, arrange clay pieces #1 and #2 together, pressing on edges that meet.  I made the mistake of attaching the wing (#3) at this time also and had to redo it.  The wing should not be attached until it has been textured (see step 8-9). Place the hair #5 in position and texture it with a wavy tissue blade.

step 7 - On a sheet of aluminum foil, arrange clay pieces #1 and #2 together, pressing on edges that meet.  I made the mistake of attaching the wing (#3) at this time also and had to redo it.  The wing should not be attached until it has been textured (see step 8-9). Place the hair #5 in position and texture it with a wavy tissue blade.

step 8 - Cut scallop edges out of a strip of card stock.  Lay the strip diagonally on the clay wing piece.  Roll across it to transfer the scallop design.  Remove the strip and create another row below it.  Continue this until the top half of the wing is scalloped.

step 8 - Cut scallop edges out of a strip of card stock.  Lay the strip diagonally on the clay wing piece.  Roll across it to transfer the scallop design.  Remove the strip and create another row below it.  Continue this until the top half of the wing is scalloped.

step 9 - Angle a slightly curved piece of 18 gauge jewelry wire into the lower wing section.  Press.  Remove the wire and continue pressing along the bottom half of the wing.

step 9 - Angle a slightly curved piece of 18 gauge jewelry wire into the lower wing section.  Press.  Remove the wire and continue pressing along the bottom half of the wing.

step 10 - On a sheet of aluminum foil, place the wing section #3 under the edge of section #2 and press down lightly.  Place your light switch plate right side down on clay piece # 3.  Cut out the rectangular opening and mark the positions for the screws with a tooth pick.

step 10 - On a sheet of aluminum foil, place the wing section #3 under the edge of section #2 and press down lightly.  Place your light switch plate right side down on clay piece # 3.  Cut out the rectangular opening and mark the positions for the screws with a tooth pick.

step 11 - Create a rippled edge on the bottom of section #2 by holding down the clay edge with one finger and pulling up with another finger.

step 11 - Create a rippled edge on the bottom of section #2 by holding down the clay edge with one finger and pulling up with another finger.

step 12 - Create smaller ripples in #1 section by placing a wood pick under the clay and pulling up.  

step 12 - Create smaller ripples in #1 section by placing a wood pick under the clay and pulling up.

 

step 13 - Position the bugle #4, under the top edge of the sleeve #1 and under the face.  Press together. 

step 13 - Position the bugle #4, under the top edge of the sleeve #1 and under the face.  Press together. 

step 14 - Make a halo out of gold jewelry wire.  Twist the ends together and insert them into the angel head.  Bake the clay in a 275 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Let cool completely before handling.

step 14 - Make a halo out of gold jewelry wire.  Twist the ends together and insert them into the angel head.  Bake the clay in a 275 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Let cool completely before handling.

step 15 - With a 1/8” drill bit, drill the holes for the switch plate screws.  Using a brush and Mocha paint, quickly cover the entire wing section being sure to get paint into all the grooves.  Immediately wipe away some of the surface paint with a rag.

step 15 - With a 1/8” drill bit, drill the holes for the switch plate screws.  Using a brush and Mocha paint, quickly cover the entire wing section being sure to get paint into all the grooves.  Immediately wipe away some of the surface paint with a rag.

step 16 - Brush a light coat of decoupage over the entire clay piece.  Sprinkle white glitter over the wing section before the decoupage dries.

step 16 - Brush a light coat of decoupage over the entire clay piece.  Sprinkle white glitter over the wing section before the decoupage dries.

 

Supplies

At Testors.com

  • 9482 Mocha Paint

At Amazon

  • Fast Finish Decoupage
  • White glitter
  • Sculpey 2 oz. gold, 4 oz. white clay
  • 18 gauge gold wire
  • wavy tissue blade
  • Wilton cake stencil

Misc.

  • Aluminum foil
  • paint brushes
  • craft knife
  • card stock

 

 

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