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Friday, October 08, 2010

Cold Porcelain Clay Art

Cold Porcelain is a little different, although not that much. In principle, the process is about the same: it is mixed up and heated on a stove until it forms a solid ball of clay.

It can be air dried as well and once dry, it is harder then salt dough or cornstarch clay and has the appearance of porcelain. Hence the comparison with and the name porcelain. It can be colored with almost any type of paint, once it is dry.

To make cold porcelain clay you will need:
3/4 cup of white glue (Elmer's glue will do fine)
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup of water
1 teaspoon of cold cream (any thick moisturizer like Ponds, Curel, etc)
1 teaspoon of glycerin (you can find this at any drug store or pharmacy)

Mix together glue, water, cold cream and glycerin in a pan. Heat on medium and keep stirring until it is smooth. Keep stirring for a few minutes and then slowly add the cornstarch, mixing it in the meantime, until it forms a smooth ball of clay. Remove it from the heat source, let it cool and then knead it with your hands.

If you are not going to use the clay right away, then ensure to store it in an air tight bag, or wrap it in cellophane and then putting it in a zip-loc bag. It is important to get all the air out, because the clay will be ruined once it starts hardening.

To keep the clay from sticking to your fingers, you can either use cornstarch or cold cream on your hands. It's pretty much the same as when baking and having to knead the dough.

There is a little difference though;
After baking a cake; you want it to be gone rather quickly, because that means everyone admired it.
After baking or air drying your project; you want it to last forever, so that everyone can admire it.

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