Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Free Form Ceramic Switch Plates


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Eve Greiner in Blue Bell, PA on Houzz
Eve Greiner in Blue Bell, PA on Houzz
        
Remodeling and Home Design
Remodeling and Home Design

Remodeling and Home Design


Remodeling and Home Design

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*** I want to thank all of my loyal customers for their encouragement and support, making this another great year! For all orders placed during the months of November and December 2018, I will be offering a 10% discount + free priority shipping. Thank you, everyone!! 

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Who said that switch plates always have to be rectangular or square?

These pieces take on the shape that they want and the idea is to have a 2D sculpture on your wall that serves its intended function as well. They are textured and gilded, just as all the other ones that I show on my site. Right now, I`m making them in oversize standard singles, and will work on other sizes later on. Scroll down to see more textured switch plates in many configurations. To place an order or for more information, send me an email to: geometals@aol.com  I`ll be happy to assist you.






Here`s a couple more that were recently finished. Bring on the textures!!

This one has a metallic terracotta base and is heavily textured and gilded. Then I made aluminum spirals and gold filled wire accents. This one needs to be clicked on for the full effect.


Even a high resolution image doesn`t capture the richness of the details here. The clay base is metallic silver and the gilding has copper, antique bronze, shades of pewter, and black. 



These free form 2D sculptural switch plates always come out different, and I let the clay decide its own shape. This piece had some great little nooks to work with which were gilded with silver, titanium, burnt copper, antique bronze, and brass oxides.






I now make phone jack  covers (plates to cover the space where phones jacks used to be) as well as very hard to find to find configurations.




New Summer/Fall Textures:

 

"Sheba" This eye popping, richly textured piece is gilded with a generous array of colors
ranging from metallic olive to turquoise and deep azure. Available in doubles, triples, 
and quads.





"Melange" a mingling of so many textures, you`ll see something different each time you view it. With so many nooks, this piece has a lot of metal oxide gilding to highlight the rich textures. Available in standard sizes: doubles, triples, quads, and phone jack covers. (click on the image to see more texture detail)




"Chrysanthemum". Oh how we wait with eagerness to see all the blossoms of spring. This design (available in singles and doubles - standards or gfci & in either the copper/bronze or silver metallics) will always be blooming for you on your wall!


Everyone is enamored with the "Rita`s Garden" design, so I`ve been making some of the other configurations in different metallics. Here is a quad that I someone ordered.










 

"Tonga" This piece combines an intriguing texture and multiple layers of silver oxide. This piece will look lovely near any artwork or fixtures that have either black or stainless nearby.

 

 

"Tonga" (in reverse) This piece was an enigma from the start. I mixed some new oxides and came out with some unlikely colors that just worked very well together. There`s a lot of depth and richness to this piece. It`s nicer than the photograph - all of them are!

 

"River Bed" depicts not only the sediments that fall through the water and rest on the river bed, but also the subtle movement of the water itself. (Available in other colors and sizes)

 

 

 

 

Look at "Sheba" gilded with antique copper, brass, and bronze oxides! This stunning piece will bring out shapes and designs in your rugs, wall art, curtains, or just gracing your walls by itself.




"Alexandria" is a bold and stunning new design that conveys a timeless Egyptian feel. It has striking contrasts and depth. The silver is a neutral color that will tie in with any decor.




"The Muse" - another richly textured piece that goes beyond its functionality! So many swirls, circles, lines, and turns.... You decide which end you want as the top on your wall. I do this one in silver and blue/teal & in sizes single through triple in both standard and the GFCI`s.






"Waterfall" has a deep flowing texture and is gilded in teal, aqua, turquoise, and indigo. I can make this piece in triples, quads, and combos - as well as in other colors.

 


"Fauna" with its rich texture and colors, this piece will have you staring at it for countless minutes and every time you pass it by. (Available in doubles and triples and in the blue/teal and silver/black combo.)








"Fauna" with some of people`s choice colors: aqua, teal indigo, azure, celadon, olive, and turquoise.











What happens when you take an intricate design such as the "Fauna", texture a black slab, and then gingerly gild the texture with antique silver oxide? You get a piece that has the luster of a shimmering pearl and a switch plate that is lovely to behold!




"Ginkgo Garden" is a flutter of lovely ginkgo leaves gilded with antique metal oxides. This multi-directional texture is made in the standard doubles or a phone jack cover.



"Rita`s Garden" has leaves of all sorts with many blossoms throughout this design. This texture is for nature lovers! I make this in standard sizes singles through quads and in all the metallics.






A customer sent me this photo of my "Leaves of Nature" switch plates installed in her already "artified" home. Now imagine if the switch plates used were those plain white ones.... big difference! Click to see a more detailed view.

 






 

"Mandala Morning" This deeply etched texture has a rich contrast between the black slab and the intricate texture. Multiple layers of silver oxide were gilded over the surface the get this effect.

 

  

"Mandala Morning 2" - everyone who is familiar with my work knows that I have a passion for the symmetry and shapes of mandalas. This design has a whole slew of intricate as well as simple mandalas, sure to grace any wall where it is placed! I make this texture in standard sizes - singles through quads and in all the metallics. 


 


Texture, texture, and then more texture! This is a linear Texture Collage with enough nooks so that it could be gilded with a full array of metal oxides. This one can stand alone on a bare wall as a decorative statement.


***Keep scrolling down to see my kitchen cabinet knobs***








"Celebration" has so many free form geometric shapes and lines that it must be viewed from edge to edge in order to take in all the textures. The silver gilding over the black base makes this texture even more vibrant. Perfect for an entry way (available in triples and doubles) or for a long hallway.


"Joyous" is a jovial medley of textures that seem to wander throughout this piece. Colors range from metallic olive to the deepest azures and shimmer when light hits it. 




"Strolling Along" - what else could this one be called? This lovely diagonal texture is heavily gilded with copper and bronze oxides that play off one another. The image is reversible, so either end can be the top of the piece.


"The Giving Tree" has lots of bold lines, its theme is universal, and it is gilded with multiple layers of antique silver oxide. I make these in the standard quads only and in the copper/bronze & teal/indigo combinations. Simply gorgeous!!





"Bouquet" has so many metal oxides overlapped and combined. I used copper, burnt copper, antique copper, bronze, antique bronze, brass, and antique brass. The matt texture makes the colors even more vibrant. The picture doesn`t begin to capture the beauty of this piece! I make these in double and single standard sizes and in the copper/bronze combination too.



"Journeys" has a multi-layered and wandering texture across the surface of the piece. Metal oxides were mixed and blended to get a sort of drifting effect. Made in quads and triple standards.


Here are a couple of quints, both were custom orders. Click on each image in order to see all the detail.

This is a version of Linear Collage made for a talented weaver/instructor for her work space.



And here is a quint Leaves of Nature with an abundance of foliage and blossoms. Click on the photo to see it all, it`s like being in the middle of a plush forest!


FYI: Oversized and jumbo switch plate pieces are available, perfect for covering up paint marks and wall boo boos. They are generally 3/4" wider and longer than the standard sized switch plates.


 

### Oh, I really have the blues... which is okay, because I also have the greens, aquas, and teals too! Here`s what I mean by that:

"Flying Mandala". This texture is deeply etched and vivid.



 To the right is "Fountain" shimmering with metallic olive, turquoise, teal, and deep indigo.

 

 To the left is "Butterfly", another bold texture visible from quite a distance.

 

 

 

And this next one is called "Wanderings" with a jovial array of shapes and tones. All of these textures can be made in the other color combinations displayed on my site.

 

And adding pizazz to an otherwise drab space, this is another new piece called "Fanfare"



Here are some new designs, inspired by nature - shown gilded with silver oxide (available in other colors & standard configurations)


"April" with all the new foliage and blossoms that follow the rains. Made in Standard sizes: singles, doubles, triples, and quads. Also made in copper/bronze & teal/azure combinations.

 

 

"May" when everything, everywhere is in full bloom. Oh, how we love that time of year! Also available in multiple standard sizes & color combinations.





"June" when nature is in all its splendor and on full display. Mix & match any of these textures.



"Donegal" is a Celtic inspired design that is visually captivating. Made in the double standard size only and is also made in the copper/bronze & teal/turquoise colors.


Whoa!! Look at "June" when it`s gilded with oodles of oxides - just bursting with vibrancy! I make this texture in single, double, and triple standards, & some combo switch plates.


"Summertime" The time of year we all look forward to! Just look at the deep azure, teal, olive, and aqua metallic tones in this piece. I make this texture in all configurations and in silver as well as the copper/brass/bronze metallics.




"Magnolia" Inspired by the many botanical gardens I visited - this piece had to be made. Since it`s also a mandala with the center of the texture as the focal point, for now, I only make these in double standards, but in all the metallics.





This piece is called "Rock Garden" and is textured in a most unusual way. I used a mini jeweler`s chasing hammer to get the many dimples on the surface which enhance the shimmer effect of the oxides. Because of the symmetry of this design, it`s only made in the double standard configuration.







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Yes, I make cabinet knobs too!! These are for your kitchen, pantry, bathroom vanity, and bi-fold closet doors. ***These are all made to order and will have slight variations since I make each one by hand.

Here are the current designs:

Filigree Mandala
My favorites: Lily, River Bed, and Tapestry



Sun Rays, Fleur de Lis, and Cherry Tree


Sunflowers










Random Spirals and Marquise (center)



Curly Swirls









Focal Point and Turnings



Laughter



These tie in very nicely with the switch plates or just on their own. 

All textures/designs (mix & match) are:

$10.50 each, ten or more - $9.50 each. 2 different length screws are included with each piece.













Here are some beauties that didn`t make it into the group shot. The cabinet knobs above are called "Lily" and they add such a lovely finishing touch to any set of cabinets or drawers.  The one below is called "Tapestry" and would compliment any darker wood color.





 

Here is the sizing chart again....


 

The chart below has many more switch plate sizes, in case you don`t find the ones you have in the above illustration. Please click on the image for easier viewing.


******* New Decora Gallery 

A never ending parade of textures to grace your walls! Many of these textures can be done as a single, triple, or a quad Decora - please inquire.



This is the "June" texture gilded with multiple layers of silver oxide. Lovely no matter which end is place as the top.





"Summertime" is a deeply textured design full of swirling shapes and lovely scalloped edges. Shown as a triple GFCI. I make this design in singles, doubles, and triples in both the standards and the GFCI Decoras.




"Ocean Waves" this bold texture conveys a swirling motion.

"Muse" has whimsical swirls and bold lines. This was a custom piece made with silver oxide. Notice how nice it looks with the black electrical insert instead of the usual beige or white. The next post tells you about a quick tip to transform the switches themselves.




                     "Edges" is an intricate texture gilded with mostly copper and bronze.
                                                             

"Star Gazing" This bold and deeply etched texture adds just the right finishing touch to your well thought out decor.



           "Lace" This texture has several layers, creating an intriguing 3D effect.






 Wow, this is a 6 toggle GFCI that I made in the "Texture Collage" design. It was a custom order and the people were thrilled to receive this piece. There`s so much going on here. Do click on the photo to enlarge it.










And here is a "Texture Collage" made as a GFCI/switch combo. These never come out the same way twice!


"3 Wishes" anytime - on your wall! This design has so many snippets of different textures throughout the piece. Shown as a triple GFCI. I also make these in all configurations & in other oxides such as the silver (over black) and the blue/teal colors.







                  
"River Bed" - another intricate and detailed texture with a lot to see. Click to enlarge.
                                         




"River Bed" with antique copper & bronze oxides. This is one of my new favorites!







           "Wood Grain" This subtle texture would tie in with just about any decor.
                                       




     "Edges" in a gorgeous color combo of teal and turquoise. Plenty of the "wow factor" here.
                                        
 



            
     "Rubies" with its array of texture and depth, cause the mundane to be "artified".
                                        





                                         "Lace" in teal, emerald, turquoise, and indigo.



"Cityscape" is a richly textured piece with so many intricacies. With all these nooks, I did a multi layering of all the oxides (click to see the detail). Shown as a triple GFCI. I make this design in all configurations and in all the oxide colors shown on this page.




          "Ocean Waves" gilded with many different oxides. Click to see more detail.
                                       


             "Sea Creatures" - so many people have asked for this  texture in the Decoras, so they are now available.



                                      
 

      "Leaves of Nature" is a medley of foliage, petals, and leaves.


                                       
 


                                          "Leaves of Nature" in the green/blue oxides.



 See the other Decora Gallery on my site further down this post, or simply click on the shortcut link below. The gallery is about half way down.

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