Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vintage Plates

A gallery wall of plates adds a little variation to the traditional "picture" gallery wall. I do say, I love my vintage plates. Some were gifts, a few were special "finds" while others hold memories of relatives. 

Plates need to be hung with some type of symmetry in mind. A large plate can be balanced with two small plates. Let your eye do the work. My arrangement in the picture right, is actually not finished. I'm still hunting for just the right two plates to put on the bottom row.  When it comes to formulating a design, it is easiest if you first arrange your display on the floor or a table. A good tip is to place the plates on a large sheet of paper and once you are satisfied with your arrangement, draw around the perimeter of each plate. There are many plate hangers available. Measure down each plate, where the nail should go and make a mark on your paper. Now, 4 easy steps: 1.Position and tape paper on the wall. 2. Nail on the designated mark (through the paper). 3. Tear off the paper 4. Hang your plates!  
Some of my plates are hand painted, some are transferware, (wet ink is transferred from paper to porcelain through heat). There are also very pretty reproductions available. Flea markets, antique stores, big box stores, and even online shops are good places to acquire beautiful plates.  
 And you never know, a gallery of plates, might just be found in your kitchen cupboards! 
Many Blessings!

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