Q: Are these made from actual tins, or are they images that are glued and varnished (decoupage)?
A: Yes, these are made from actual tins that once held brand name products. They are not paper that has been cut and glued onto plastic covers.
Q: How are the switch plates made?
A: After the tough task of finding the tins or pans, they are hand-cut and formed with specialized equipment. They are not manufactured or mass produced. Each is hand made by the artist.
Q: Do you make triple or quadruple plates and GFCI plates or covers for large rocker switches?
A: We make a limited number of triple switch plates. We will make some larger (4-5-6 switch) switch plates by request, but you will have a very limited choices for tins. Tins are hard to find, especially those with graphics that wrap around the tin, which would be required for these larger sized switch plates. We do make GFCI outlet covers or covers for the large rocker switches found in more modern homes! Please view them on the GFCI COVERS page. Many can be made to order (look for an asterisk* near the item numbers throughout the web site). CONTACT US with your requests!
Q: Are the edges of the switch plates sharp?
A: Absolutely not! The edges of each switch plate are rounded and carefully filed.
Q: Can I get an electrical shock because these are metal?
A: As long as the electrical system in your house is updated and safe, you will not receive an electrical shock after installing the switch plates.
Q: Do I need to care for the switch plates or protect them with a sealant?
A: You can clean them with soapy water as needed. We do not suggest coating them with varnish. You will want to avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
Q: I have a large tin collection I would like to sell. Would you be interested in buying my collection?
A: Yes! We prefer to buy tins or pans in large lots. Not all tins will work for switch plates, so be advised we only buy tins that are desirable and are at least 4-7/8 inches high. CLICK HERE or CONTACT US. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE.
Q: Do you cut up rare tins?
A: No! We understand the value of rare tins. When we find what we think is a rare tin, we offer it for sale to collectors.
Q: I see an asterisk near the item numbers of several switch plates, what does this mean?
A: An asterisk* near the item number means the tin may be available for us to make a switch plate in any configuration (single, double, triple, outlet, GFCI/rocker, push button or switch/outlet combo or even horizontal switch or outlet). However, availability depends on your configuration choice and size of available tin. CONTACT US with your choice and configuration needs. Please DO NOT buy one with an asterisk* and change your order, prices and available sizes vary. All special orders require prior approval.
Q: Do you have a paper catalog you can send me?
A: No. The inventory changes too often to print a catalog. The web site is always up-to-date and is the best way to view the switch plates.
Q: Where is Eliot, Maine?
A: Eliot is in southern Maine, on the New Hampshire border. It is minutes from Portsmouth, NH, one hour north of Boston, MA and one hour south of Portland, Maine.
Q: I love the switch plates, but I am uncomfortable buying them online, any suggestions?
A: We understand completely! Unfortunately, they are only available online! Our website is completely secure, as indicated by the https:// in the browser address bar. Please check our references online and try buying one to build your trust. We are committed to 100% satisfaction and you will be very pleased with the quality of the switch plates, as well as excellent service! We are sure you will be back for more!
Q: Are all the switch plates you have on your web site?
A: No. We have many more available! If you are looking for a particular brand or color scheme, please CONTACT US.
Q: I see switch plates on your site I love, but they have sold. Any chance these will become available again?
A: There is always a chance we will find the same tin or something like it. We suggest you CONTACT US with your request and, if found, we will make it as needed BUT it is your responsibility to check back often.
Q: Some switch plates are marked "Coming Soon," what does this mean exactly?
A: This means we either have the tin and it is in production and could be available within 1-2 business days. It could also mean we recently purchased the tin but have not yet received it. We suggest you keep checking back.
Q: Can you make a switch plate for me if I send you a tin?
A: Absolutely! CONTACT US for information that outlines specifics when choosing your tin. Discounts are available if we can use any leftover tin. Please visit our Custom page for more information.
Q: Do you make phone jack covers?
A: No. Unfortunately, your phone jack is wired to the plastic cover on your wall. However, if your phone jack has a large rectangular shape and a removable cover, please view the GFCI COVERS page.
Q: Do you wholesale your switch plates to stores?
A: We no longer sell our switch plates direct to retailers due to the limited availability of tins and the handmade nature of the product.