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Pewter Light Switch Cover

Step by step on how to make a pewter light switch cover, presented by Joan

For any questions contact: Joan
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Try this stunning new idea as a gift for your mom on Mothers day. Each step is detailed with images for you to see exactly how to do your light switch cover. Joan also teaches pewter art if you feel you need someone to give you personalised attention feel free to give her a call on the number above.

pewter light switch cover

What you need to make pewter light switch covers:

  • Light switch covers
  • Pewter
  • Felt
  • Ball tool
  • Paper pencil
  • Masking tape
  • Patina
  • Baby oil
  • Brasso
  • Batting
  • Soft cloth for polishing
  • Cutting mat and craft knife
  • Pewter glue
  • Beeswax in a pot
  • Hot plate for melting wax
  • Glass dropper bottle
  • Clear lacquer spray varnish
  • Gloves

Read through all the instructions first before starting this craft.

Step 1

Place pattern on a pewter sheet and trace using a fine ball tool. Press on a piece of felt. Trace slightly harder than you would when you write. This side is the RIGHT SIDE. When you turn over you should be able to see the outline of your pattern on the WRONG SIDE. Remove paper pattern.

trace design onto pewter

Step 2

Rub a tiny amount of baby oil on the front and back of the entire piece of pewter. This lubricates the pewter and makes the tools glide easier.

lubricate pewter with baby oil

Step 3

Working on a piece of felt, gently hollow out the areas you want embossed. (e.g. The apples and leaves). Use a soft paper pencil to do the embossing.

hollow area to emboss on pewter

Step 4

Turn pewter over to the front side and place on a smooth, hard surface. Flatten around all the areas you hollowed out using a soft paper pencil. If necessary, turn over and hollow out some more. Keep repeating this process until you have hollowed out enough of the pewter.

smooth off embossing on pewter

Step 5

When you are satisfied with the embossed design, re-trace the entire design on a flat hard surface using a fine ball tool. This is called re-defining.

Step 6

Heat beeswax on a hotplate until SMOKING hot. Use a glass dropper bottle to fill all the hollowed-out areas with wax.

drop on hot beeswax

Step 7

Wear gloves to clean the front of the pewter with methylated spirits using a piece of batting.

clean pewter with methylated spirits

Step 8

Still wearing gloves, apply pewter patina using a clean piece of batting. This turns pewter black instantly. Allow to stand for about 3 minutes.

apply patina

Step 9

Use a clean soft cloth to polish with Brasso until you have a shiny silver finish.

polish with brasso

Step 10

Paint pewter glue onto light switch covers. Place pewter flat and position light switch onto pewter. Fold edges over to back of light switch.

glue onto cover

Step 11

On a cutting mat, use a craft knife to cut an X on the inside of the light switch and fold to the back of the light switch. When complete, spray pewter with a clear lacquer varnish spray. Your light switch is now ready to be installed!

finish off pewter cover by folding edges
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