Teddy Bear Switch Plate

ornament measures 4" x 3"
 

Cute as a button, this teddy bear switch plate controls lighting in the room from his belly.  His little ears stand away from the wall as though he’s listening.  Made completely of clay, teddy will add adorability to any children’s room decor.  Paint and clay is all it takes.  Pretty inexpensive for a custom designed switch plate!

Note:  
Allow paint to dry completely between steps.

Directions

step 1 - Download and print out the teddy bear template onto card stock.  Cut out the six pieces.

step 1 - Download and print out the teddy bear template onto card stock.  Cut out the six pieces.

step 2 - Condition the clay by kneading it.  Roll out the clay to about ¼” thickness.

step 3 - Position the head template on the clay and cut it out using a craft knife.  Cut out all the remaining pieces.

step 3 - Position the head template on the clay and cut it out using a craft knife.  Cut out all the remaining pieces.

step 4 - Overlap the clay feet onto the clay body.

step 4 - Overlap the clay feet onto the clay body.

step 5 - Center a switch plate on top of the clay.

step 5 - Center a switch plate on top of the clay.

step 6 - Mark the opening in the plate with a plastic knife.  Mark the openings for the screws with toothpicks.

step 6 - Mark the opening in the plate with a plastic knife.  Mark the openings for the screws with toothpicks.

step 7 - Using a craft knife, cut out the switch opening.

step 7 - Using a craft knife, cut out the switch opening.

step 8 - Transfer the clay to a foil lined baking sheet using a plastic spatula.  Add furry texture to the body by jabbing and dragging at it with a wood pick.

step 8 - Transfer the clay to a foil lined baking sheet using a plastic spatula.  Add furry texture to the body by jabbing and dragging at it with a wood pick.

step 9 - Add the arms, which should slightly overlap the body.  The feet should overlap the arms.  Add texture to the arms and the outside edges of the feet.

step 9 - Add the arms, which should slightly overlap the body.  The feet should overlap the arms.  Add texture to the arms and the outside edges of the feet.

step 10 - Add texture to all of the head except the inside of the ears.

step 10 - Add texture to all of the head except the inside of the ears.

step 11 - Press into the center of the ears to stretch and smooth the clay slightly.

step 11 - Press into the center of the ears to stretch and smooth the clay slightly.

step 12 - Bend the tops of the ears forward.  

step 12 - Bend the tops of the ears forward.

 

step 13 - Go over the areas of the head that overlap the body and arms, jabbing with the wood pick.  Apply more pressure, which will join the pieces together.

step 13 - Go over the areas of the head that overlap the body and arms, jabbing with the wood pick.  Apply more pressure, which will join the pieces together.

step 14 - Roll out two pieces of clay, cut them into narrow strips and fold them to form the bow.  Wrap another small piece of clay around the strips to create the center of the bow.  Press it in place on the teddy bear.

step 14 - Roll out two pieces of clay, cut them into narrow strips and fold them to form the bow.  Wrap another small piece of clay around the strips to create the center of the bow.  Press it in place on the teddy bear.

step 15 - Cut pieces of clay to add the eyes, nose, and mouth.

step 15 - Cut pieces of clay to add the eyes, nose, and mouth.

Step 16 - Preheat an oven to 275 degrees.  Bake the teddy bear for 20 minutes.

Step 17 - Remove from oven and let cool completely.  Put the teddy bear in place over the light switch and check it for fit.   Also check so see if the screws move easily into the holes.  If the openings need to be larger, you can sand the clay or shave it away with a craft knife.  Enlarge screw openings by piercing the clay with a thick darning needle and twisting it with a screwing motion.  Don’t force the needle into the holes as it may crack the clay.

Step 18 - Spray or paint the entire teddy bear with a brush using the Sand paint.

step 19 - Use the Mocha paint to highlight the texture.  Work in small sections applying paint with a brush then lightly wiping away surface paint with a clean cloth.  The dark paint will remain in the deep crevices.  Make the sides of the body darker than the center by wiping away less paint.

step 19 - Use the Mocha paint to highlight the texture.  Work in small sections applying paint with a brush then lightly wiping away surface paint with a clean cloth.  The dark paint will remain in the deep crevices.  Make the sides of the body darker than the center by wiping away less paint.

Step 20 - Mix Black paint with the Mocha to form the dark brown paint for the eyes, nose and mouth.  Paint them with a small brush.

step 21 - Use Eggplant paint to add color to the bow with a small brush.

 

Supplies

At Testors.com

  • 9441 Opaque Black
  • 9482 Mocha
  • 4720 Sand
  • 1921592Eggplant Gloss
  • assorted paint brushes

At Michaels

  • Sculpey Ultralight white clay - 8 oz.
  • Craft knife
  • Plastic spatula
  • Wood picks

 

 

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