Do you enjoy dabbling your hands in different arts and crafts projects? Are you looking for a new hobby? Have you given any thought of using cold porcelain clay to make pots and sculptures? Perhaps we can help you get started. Cold porcelain is an air-dry clay which is made from cornstarch and other ingredients.
Cold porcelain got this name, because after the clay dries, it looks somewhat like actual porcelain, and the use of heat is not required to make the desired molds and designs, unlike the real porcelain.
All you need to make different shapes and forms are a few tools and a room where nothing can distract you. So, let's see how to make the cold porcelain clay.
Homemade Cold Porcelain Clay
The reason why many people like to work with cold porcelain clay is because when it dries, the texture is still flexible enough to work on properly. While making fragile items such as flower petals, leaves, toys, dolls, feathers, and jewelry (pendants), cold porcelain stays durable and won't fall apart.
As you will see in the following cold porcelain clay recipe, by using some at-home items, you can easily work on this new craft hobby, and make clay whenever you like.
- 2 clean dish towels
- 1 teaspoon glycerin
- 1 cup cornstarch
- ½ cup water
- ¾ cup white glue
- A wooden spoon
- A clean plate
- A nonstick pan
- Oil paint (optional)
- In the nonstick pan, combine white glue along with glycerin and water. Mix the ingredients properly and place the pan on the stove.
- Keep the heat on medium, and use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture. We want to remove all the lumps from the mixture and make a smooth, creamy paste.
- Once the consistency is smooth, add some cornstarch little by little, and stir continuously. As you add cornstarch, the liquidy, smooth consistency will quickly turn stiff. That's fine.
- Your mixture will become crumbly, but don't stop mixing. After a minute or so, turn the heat off and scoop the cold porcelain clay in the clean dish towel.
- Cover the porcelain clay with the towel and make into a round ball. Be careful, it's going to be a bit hot to touch.
- Take the other towel and wet it with water. Remove excess water and place it over a plate.
- Transfer the cold porcelain clay onto the damp towel, so you can knead it.
- Since the towel is cool, the clay won't bother your fingers. Use your palms and fingers to knead the clay properly.
- When the clay turns cool, take it out from the towel and make a big, round ball. Knead the clay, if you have to, to make a smooth, flexible mixture.
- Sprinkle some cornstarch on the plate if the clay sticks to your palms. The clay shouldn't be sticking to your fingers once you're done.
- This is the time when you can add few drops of oil paint (your choice of color). If you don't have oil paint, you can even add few drops of acrylic paint.
And that's it. Those were the steps on how to make cold porcelain clay. You can start making delicate sculptures that you like.
If you're not using the clay right away or have some leftover, wrap the clay in a cornstarch-rubbed plastic wrap and into an airtight container. This way, the clay won't dry prematurely, and will stay flexible for you to work on after some time.