Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
Come drifting home with broken masts and sails.
I will believe the Hand which never fails,
From seeming evil, worketh good for me.
And though I weep because those sails are tattered,
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered:
I trust in Thee.
--Ann Kimmel

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Molded Plastic Plaques and What To Do With Them

Are you "into" Syroco? Homco? Dart Industries? That molded plastic stuff that kicked into high gear during the 1960s and 1970s?

It's quite collectible now and not just in its original state, but refurbished and updated in fun and kicky ways to reflect today's decorating trends. From Hollywood Regency designs to pure kitsch, you can find molded plastic resin plaques to suit just about any decor or interest. 

Fortunately, even if you didn't think to hang on to the Syroco pieces of your mother or Great Aunt Ethylene, they are still pretty easy to acquire in garage sales and thrift shops and generally not too pricey. Yet! That is bound to change, though, so snap it up now if you're thinking about it.

I've got tons of this stuff--well, pounds of it, anyway--tacked up all over the house.

My living room is mostly the shiny gold Hollywood Regency type:

Syroco Plaque Set: Four Seasons

Gold Hollywood Regency Wall Shelf Vintage Dart

Vintage Mid Century Syroco Skeleton Key 18" Wall Art

Vintage Gold Mirror 1970s Hollywood Regency Style, Ornate Mirror with Shelf, Dart Industries Syroco 2327 Made in USA, Home Office Decor

Vintage Wall Clock United Clock Co Gold Metal Mid Century PanchosPorch
But I have kitschy stuff, too:

1973 Homco Yellow Elephant Wall Plaque Pair

I used to have one of these, but I sold it:
1970s Mushroom and Frog Wall Hanging
And I have one of these, hung low to the floor so the granddaughters can enjoy it. But this is such a great photo, I'd rather share this than mine:
1970's Flora & Fauna Super Deluxe Magic Mushoom GardenWall Plaque - Burwood

I even have some giant pieces outside on my covered porch:

I could go on all day. But that's not what I intended to share, so let me get to the point.

There is so much fun stuff you can do with old molded plastic resin pieces! I've refurbished a few pieces, myself, if you want to read the old post:  http://sheertrashroadshow.blogspot.com/2014/08/wrapping-up-august-or-how-im-spending.html
Even though I'm just a crafting wannabe and a mere dabbler, those projects were easy and fun to do, and turned out quite well, considering I made them. Look what some of my fellow Etsians are doing:

upcycled vintage syroco type butterfly and lotus wall art--hand painted

Custom Color Wall Plaques Vintage Syroco Seasonal Wall Hangings You CHOOSE Color/s Dorm PLayroom Teen bedroom

Mid Century Bird Wall Art Hanging Syroco Shabby Chic Measures 28 3/4" x 17" Flowers Leaves Upcycled Silver

Vintage BURWOOD 1976 Four 3D Panel Set - ReCycled - Sun - Syroco Red Orange Yellow Wall Hanging Mothers Day

Neon Pastel Painted Vintage Syroco Sconce Pink turquoise home decor hanging wall art
Ombre Pastel Wall Pocket - Vintage Ornate Syroco - Hand painted hanging home decor

Jewelery Holder Cottage Chic  Wall Decor    Vintage Syroco Upcycled Bird Plaques by MaBelleChicBoutique
All this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Imagination is the limit!

But for those of us with minimal visualization talents and even less dexterity, let me show you a super easy retro treatment for your syroco plaques that really makes them "pop"!

Start with a basic plaque or set of plaques, like this Homco Mediterranean style pair:

Flip them over:

Apply glue to the edges and inside design. Any kind of glue will do; Elmer's is fine. Craft glue is fine. The benefit of using water-based glue is that if you tire of the result, you can change things easily.

Next, apply some colored felt and press it gently to the glued bits. (I suppose I should have said to measure and cut the felt first. Well, now I've said it!)

Let the glue dry, and voila! Cool, huh? And with the large rectangular stiffened felt pieces you can buy in any craft store nowadays, this would be a snap! Think of the great retro colors you could use: harvest gold, orange, avocado green...  or go modern with hot pink and lime!  A real mid-century craft idea and so easy and fun to do. Even your kids can do this!

I'm off tomorrow to a flea market; hopefully next time I post I'll have a few finds to share. So far, the pickings have been slim this year. Or maybe I'm just harder to please these days.

Many thanks to the great Etsy shops for their beautiful photographs and ideas--please spread the love and check them out!













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