How To Make Relief Plates From Ordinary Potting Saucers

My Relief Plates Hersite BlogOver the summer I used up some of our smaller clay planter saucers by making alphabet molds which were glued on to the plates and hung on the wall.  You can see this project, along with instructions here:

  • My Summer Projects Part 4 : My Alphabet Relief Plates – Hersite

I had over 40 or so larger plates that I wanted to display some how, so I took the same concept that I did over the summer and simply used larger molds for the relief pattern.  For our bathroom, I used fish molds that were purchased from ebay.

When the mold was dry, I gently released them, and glued them on to the plates using white glue. I let the glue set over night.  The next day, to fill in the gaps, plaster was applied with a artists brush, and left to dry over night.  Next, I simply painted the plates using the same wall color, and hung them up using china plate holders.

Decorative medallions look terrific on the wall.  If you are hoping for a simple gallery look, this could add a lot of interest to the wall, without looking busy.


Merandas Relief Plate Project

My nautical molds in the process.

(Molds,Thistle Mold, Fish Tile Mold, Bass Fish Mold)

My Bathroom Relief Plates Hersite Blog

My bathroom looks so much more interesting now…….

My Relief Plates In The Bathroom Hersite Blog

A close up look at the relief plates

Here are some smaller plates I made for the hallway

Vintage Syroco Homco Plaques

Vintage Homco, Syroco Plaques Which Can Be Mounted On Wood

The 18th and 19th century architectural plaques which were often mounted on the wall, over doors, and used on mirror frames are still highly sought after today.  Above you can see some of the patterns I have collected fro Syroco, and Homco molds.   You can see by themselves they might look out of place hanging on the walls, perhaps a bit dated……but mounted on wood, with a bit of faux finishing they could give a similar look to that found in historical manors seen in France or Sweden.

The Rococo style was best known by its ornamental flourishes, and carved details.  18th century style often featured playful flourishes and whimsical sculptured designs. Popular in the 1730s, the design heavily influenced architecture, painting, sculpture and eventually furniture and decor.

Mirrors made after these styles became popular in the 50’s by a company called Syracuse Ornamental Company who at the time produced ornamental carvings to embellish furniture. The company was founded in the late 1890’s by Adolph Holstein who was a talented Austrian woodcarver.

The opportunity for his business to expand when Holstein developed a casting technique which produced a high quality product without the laborious intensity and time of wood carving. Holstein used Syroco to create perfect replicas of their original carvings.

Many of their molds featured a wood grain within the mold, giving their overall product a higher end feel for less money. As the modern movement hit in the 1940’s their business turned from ornamental embellishments to novelty items which didn’t profit as well, so the company returned to making the highly ornate wall mirrors, sconces, and decorations in the 1950’s which became a huge sensation.

Burwood Wall Horn Mandolin Leaves

Burwood Wall Horn Mandolin Leaves

Syroco Molds Hersite Blog

  Over the years I have collected many of their French patterns which are being used on my wood canopy beds, or simply mounted on wood.  After the paint is added, and distressing shows the beauty of the wood, these pieces no longer look like cheap dated plastic decor. 

Homco Burwood Floral Plaques Hersite

My plaque in progress


 Syroco dogwood plaques on wood

Syroco Homco Plaques Mounted On Wood Hersite Blog

 Syroco dogwood plaques on wood

Homco Syroco Plaques On Wood Hersite Blog

If you love the look of trumeau mirrors, or large architectural plaques, consider purchasing vintage syroco dogwood plaques, or large homco music plaques.  Here is how I updated my vintage finds……

  • Select a piece of wood, which fits the dimensions of your plaque.  Buy molding from your local hardware store, which can be cut using a miter saw.  Using a compressor and a nailing gun, nail the wood molding in place.
  • Next, seal the edges of the fruit plaque with thicker paste using durhams water putty.  Durhams works better than most plasters because it dries harder, is the color of wood, and happens to sand quite well. Using a sponge sander, sand down some of the areas around the plaque where you have applied plaster, and using a screw driver, or paint can opener, chip away the dried plaster from around the plaque.   Next add your layers of paint, and glaze to achieve an old world effect.

Additional Inspiration

  • The yellow walls of the drawing room are covered with a collection of architectural plaster reliefs- Pinterest
  • Detail of faded patina, gold leaf and special blue by Elise Valdorcia by helene- Pinterest
  • Fleur de lys and wreath gold leaf wall ornamentation- Pinterest
  • Louis XVI Neoclassical 18th Century Carved Giltwood Wall Trophy Pinterest
  • Wood paneling Paris France- Pinterest
  • Paneled rooms – Wood paneling Paris France- Pinterest
  • Vintage Fruit Chalk Ware ~ Apples & Plums Pinterest
  • 2 Old Vintage Embossed Brass Fruit Wall Plaques – Pinterest

Below are some architectural panels which cost thousands that have been inspiring to me:

Wild Goose CarvingsOnlays and appliques from Wild Goose Carvings


Make Your Own Swedish Wood Decorative Art – Country Living


Make Your Own Swedish Wood Decorative Art.- Home Of Barbro Grandelius

19th century architectural panels Petricia Thompson Antiquites d' Europe19th Century Architectural Panels-  Petricia Thompson Antiquites d’ Europe

18th Century Panel- Jacqueline Adams Antiques

18th Century Panel- Jacqueline Adams Antiques

18th Century French Carved Wood Louis XVI Panel- Jacqueline Adams Antiques

18th Century French Carved Wood Louis XVI Panel- Jacqueline Adams Antiques

18th Century Louis XVI Trophy Panel- Bermingham and Co

18th Century Louis XVI Trophy Panel- Bermingham & Co. Antiques

18th Century Louis XVI Trophy Panel- Bermingham & Co. Antiques

18th Century Louis XVI Trophy Panel- Bermingham & Co. Antiques

Painted French Boiserie Panel- Crown and Colony

Painted French Boiserie Panel- Crown and Colony Antiques, Etc.

19th Century French Boiserie Panel- Crown and Colony

19th Century French Boiserie Panel Crown and Colony Antiques, Etc.

William Word Fine Antiques

William Word Fine Antiques