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Festive PlatesFestive PlatesbyJerrie Hanchuk
 

Did you paint these plates?
Are these really glass?
How do you make these plates?

How did you start making these?
Are they fired?
Can you use the plates to serve food?

Can you put them in the dishwasher?
Where can I buy these plates?
Can you put the plates in the microwave?

Where do you find all the neat fabric?
Can any plate be ordered at any time?
Do you take requests for special orders?


Did you paint these plates?
No I didn't; the plates are not painted at all. They are a clear glass plate with fabric glued to the underside. The end result is an exquisite rich looking plate that resembles ceramic or fine china. It's easy to see why I'm asked if I painted them.    Back to Top

Are these glass?
The question is asked in many different ways such as "What are these?" "Are these ceramic/plastic?"
or "Are these REALLY glass?" So, YES, they are glass. They have fabric attached to the underside which shows through from the top resulting in a beautiful, rich looking plate.   Back to Top

How do you make these plates ?
In a nutshell, I glue fabric to the underside of a clear glass plate. To get the full process please click on Making the Plates.    Back to Top

How did you start making these plates?
In 2002, Judy, one of my six sisters made a dozen or so of these plates and sent them to me so that each family member participating in the Christmas bake exchange that December could select one "for their baking". Judy lives in Sarnia ON, and her friend had shown her how to make them. We all loved the plates and I always wanted to see if I could make them. It wasn't until February 2005 when I gave it a try. It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be! There's a huge learning curve and I ended up discarding
most of my first plates, and not being totally happy with the next hundred or so that I made. However, in
trying to 'get it right', I became hooked on the
craft and Festive Plates was born!!   Back to Top

Are they fired?
I didn't really understand this question the first
time it was asked. Mistaken for ceramic plates, people wonder if the plates are fired in a kiln. Since they aren't ceramic, the answer is NO, they are not fired.   Back to Top


Can you use the plates to serve food?
Absolutely. The top of the plate is glass and
therefore can be used to serve food or to eat off of.   Back to Top

Can you put the plates in dishwasher?
NO. The plates cannot be washed in the dishwasher. They cannot be immersed in water. To clean them, simply wipe with a damp cloth as you would a table or counter top. Please see Caring for your plates.   Back to Top

Where can I buy Festive Plates?
You can buy my plates at any craft show or other venue where I will have my display, at my fall open house or by ordering through this Web site. See
How To Order. Festive plates are not sold in any retail outlets at this time.   Back to Top

Can the plates be used in the microwave?
Yes, they can be used in the microwave.  
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Where do you find all the neat fabric?
I DO have really neat fabric and am always on the lookout for more interesting patterns to add to the themes I already have. I buy the fabric at local
fabric shops in Winnipeg, from fabric stores in the U.S. and I order it on line from fabric stores that have Web sites. It's a lot of work hunting for the right design or pattern but I love doing it and I LOVE seeing it on a plate for the very first time.   Back to Top

Can any plate be ordered at any time?
You may place an order for a particular plate at
any time but there is a chance that it may not be available. By the time I order my fabric, make the plates and have them ready for sale, a fair amount
of time has elapsed. If the plate is popular and I try
to re-order more of the samw fabric it is often not available. As a result, there are a limited number of each plate.   Back to Top

Do you take requests for special orders?
Yes, I do take requests for special orders. I have
had requests to make plates out of fabric that the customer already has. This may be fabric that matches their window coverings or table linens or fabric representing a unique interest or theme. I
have had inquiries about making plates using the fabric from an article of clothing that belonged to a loved one (e.g. Grandmother's apron). I can handle
a large order to make plates that can be given to
an entire team, group or class to congratulate them on a great effort or result. Let me know what you
have in mind and we can discuss it.  
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A sample of the plates.
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Animals, Bugs etc.Click on the plate to go to Berrie & Leaves
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Caffeine & Wine   
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Children       
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Christmas & WinterClick on the plate to go to Countries & Cultural.
Countries & Cultures Click on the plate to go to Designs & Patterns.
Designs & Patterns  Click on the plate to go to Faith & Inspirational.
Faith & Inspirational Click on the plate to go to Flowers.
Flowers        Click on the plate to go to Food.
Food          Click on the plate to go to Holidays (other).
Holidays (other)   Click on the plate to go to Holidays (other).
 Holidays (other)   Click on the plate to go to Kitchen & Cooking.
Kitchen & Cooking  Click on the plate to go to Music.
Music          Click on th eplate to go to Special Interests. 
Special Interests   Click on the plate to go Sports & Games.
Sports & Games   

 

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