You can use this crackle technique on many types of projects — shelves, lamp bases, stools, chairs or any plain wooden items. You can also use this technique on many different surfaces, such as metal, plastic or ceramic. The only difference would be using a primer specified for the surface you’re working with. The project possibilities are endless!
You will need:
• Plain or unfinished wood switch plate
• Latex primer
• Five wood cutouts
• Craft acrylic or latex paints in two colors
• Crackle medium
• Tack cloth
• Paintbrush or sponge applicator
• Wood or white glue
• Clear acrylic sealer
STEP 1: Sand switch plate. If using a finished wooden switch plate, sand lightly to make surface a bit rough and remove dust with a tack cloth. Apply a primer coat to the surfaces of the switch plate. Let dry as recommended by manufacturer. Apply base color with paintbrush or sponge applicator and let dry as recommended. Apply several coats to thoroughly cover surface, allowing to dry between coats.
STEP 2: Apply crackle medium. Apply a smooth, even coat of crackle medium with paintbrush. Let dry as recommended on product or as determined by the practice piece.
STEP 3: Apply top coat and sealer. Apply contrasting top coat of paint with paintbrush or sponge applicator (photo 1). Paint will begin to crackle soon after application. Allow to dry thoroughly. Determine placement of wood cutouts. Apply a moderate amount of wood or white glue to wood cutouts and place on switch plate as desired. Apply a couple of coats of clear acrylic sealer to protect the surface. Allow to dry as recommended on product.