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35 Pieces and Ball Chain

It only took 35 pieces – of this and that – to create one of my favorite mosaic tile light switch covers.  I used a hard plastic double light switch cover, an antique rhinestone brooch, purple iridescent tile, purple beads, black and white Millefori, a clear glass gem, silver tile and silver ball chain. light switch cover

Glued the brooch and purple iridescent tile border first, then glued the rest and let it dry before gluing the ball chain around the edges.

Mosaic Tile Light Switch Cover Bubbe’s Brooch

After the glue dried, I used a charcoal grout to make it  pop! Chaz loves it!  Me too but …

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Bubbes Brooch – SOLD

I’ve come to terms with the fact that this piece and many others – from my private stash – have to be sold since all of my light switches, walls and floors are already covered. Less is more unless you need a groovy new light switch cover.

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DIY Mosaic Tile Light Switch Covers

Custom Switch Plate Cover Creating a mosaic tile switch plate cover @ tilegypsy.com

DIY Light Switch Covers:

  • Start with a HARD plastic light switch cover … found at home improvement and hardware stores. If the plastic is bendy … pass.
  • You can use wood and metal light switch covers too. Makes no never mind. 😉
  • Coat the light switch cover with Weldbond adhesive and let dry. You don’t have to coat the switch plate but … it really helps things stick better.
  • Glue color fast beads and/or tile around the light switch opening with Weldbond.
  • Then glue from the outside in to establish how much room I have left to work with.
  • Continue to glue the rest of your design and let the glue set up for 30 minutes.
  • Then glue color fast beads or ball chain around the outside of the light switch cover. Let dry for a minimum of 24 hours before grouting.
  • Cover delicate items (jewels etc) with painter’s tape.
  • Confident that the light switch cover is completely dry mix sanded grout (color of choice) with a liquid grout additive, instead of water, for more flexibility, to an oatmeal consistency.
  • Put on gloves … Grout On – I know it’s a weird feeling covering it with mud – keep going filling and smoothing all the nooks and crannies – pause – smooth – pause – 😉 and Grout Off with a slightly damp sponge. Rinse and repeat until clean and smooth. Remove tape from delicates and finish gently cleaning and smoothing until shiny and free from grout residue. Let dry overnight. Shine a bit more and gently install.
Custom switchplate covers sold. Custom Mosaic Tile Switch Plate Covers • middle and right piece are sold.

MATERIALS:

  • Switch plate covers of your choice. Plastic, wood or metal
  • Weldbond Adhesive
  • Painters Tape
  • Wheeled Nipper & Sm Hammer
  • Bits and pieces of ceramic tile, china, jewels etc.
  • Foam Brush
  • Painters Tape
  • Wooden Skewer
  • Q Tips
  • Paper Towel
  • Sponge
  • Sm Bucket of Water
  • Disposable container to mix Grout
  • Sanded Grout, Grout Additive and Grout Sealer
  • Longer Screws, if needed
Mosaic Tile Switchplates Private Collection.
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Borders. SOLD
Shalom Mosaic Tile Light Switch Cover
SOLD.

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Gypsy Soul Mosaic Tile Lightswitch Cover
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Golden Mirror Mosaic Tile Light Switch Cover
Mocha SOLD.

Inspired by Amy

Amy asked me to re-create a switchplate cover that had sold. I had most of the materials, with the exception of the light purple bead border. Oh darn, bonus trip to the craft store. There goes any profit that may have been associated with this project. 😉

lightswitch coverLearned that light gray light switch covers are way better than white ones. 🙂 They blend.

switchplate cover Used pink iridescent stained glass tile,purple glass hearts,iridescent purple glass gems,silver tapestry tile and a string of silver ball chain. Finished with charcoal grout and sealed.

switchplate-coversCopies of artwork certainly look more organized than flying by the seat of your pants.

light switch cover art Already had the glue out so I created a couple more light switch covers, with my cherished and now retired silver tapestry.

Went with my first thought which ended up being nickels. Why nickels? Couldn’t tell you and who am I to argue?  It worked. “Now You Have Two Nickels to Rub Together.”

light switch coverGot bored with the pink iridescent tile so I grabbed the first thing I walked up to and ended up with red glass hearts,silver and blue iridescent tiles and gems. Both of these fabulous little works of wall art have been listed at the shop for sale.

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In honor of the difficulties of shipping and receiving from Italy … which I sadly will never try again.

ciao bella