Initially, I really wanted something with a lot of movement. I wanted a cluster. But unfortunately, I had a lot of trouble creating a satisfying grouping. In fact, I had so much trouble, I decided to scrap that plan entirely.
I've had a lot of luck organizing artwork in rows, so I decided to go that route instead, and while the effect is completely different, I think I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I've lost the undulating sense of movement I was hoping for, but the row format allowed me to use only my favourite plates without worrying too much about colour or design.
2. A white plate with a couple of poppies on it ($0.99 from Goodwill), modified with vinyl birds - again, from the dollar store.
3. A vintage plate by Gien France in the Lafayette pattern. (My mom found this baby in the trash along with a bunch of Spode!)
4. This "cracked" pattern plate is actually plastic. ($0.99 from Goodwill). I dressed it up with vinyl from the dollar store.
5. A Johnson Brothers salad (or quarter) plate in the discontinued Lemon Tree pattern ($0.99 from Goodwill).
6. A Johnson Brothers saucer in the discontinued Hearts and Flowers pattern. ($0.50 from Goodwill).
Ultimately, I figured out that by using cup hooks that protruded away from the wall, the plates would hang flat. It wasn't easy. Also, the brackets only came in one size, so for the smaller plates, I had to cut them down by hand with my needle nose pliers and wire snips. It was a finicky job.
So. There you have it. My plate wall. It wasn't easy, and it's not my original vision, but it's done.
Anyway, what do you think?