Friday, January 4, 2013

4 Easy Steps to Make Cold Porcelain

Here's an update to my Cold Porcelain Blog post a few years back. 

2 Cup Glue
2 Cup Cornstarch
2 tbsp Baby Oil
1 tbsp Citric Acid or Lemon Juice
1 tbsp Cold Cream (Non-greasy) or hand cream
Few drops of Acrylic to make it a different color (optional)

Mixing Bowl & Wooden Spoon
Stove top & and Old Cooking Pot
Plastic Wrap & Ziplock Bag

First Step: MIX
Mix the acrylic, cornstarch, glue, oil and lemon juice in a bowl using a wooden spoon, until smooth. 
Transfer mixture to an old cooking pot or just mix the entire thing in the pot to skip the transferring part -- silly me. :) 
Second Step: COOK
Turn stove top on to medium low. Careful to not see any clumps otherwise adjust to low setting . 
Keep mixing. Test a bit of the mixture and see if its ready and does not stick. 
You may have to cook longer if it does. 
Third Step: KNEAD
Use the cold cream for your hands before kneading the dough.
Fourth Step: ZIPLOCK in FRIDGE for 24 hours
Place the dough in a plastic wrap and remove any air. Then put in a ziplock bag, nice and tight. You need to refrigerate this dough overnight before you can use it.

Avoiding Cracks:
It is essential to put the dough in the fridge overnight to avoid cracks. 
Plus the recipe does not include water. No water, no cracks. 
Also one major trick is kneading the cold porcelain properly. It's like Play-Doh, you work your hands and fingers into the clay until its completely elastic. 

There are tons of things you can do with a cold porcelain.
I have recently discovered an artist who does great work with cold porcelains. Check it out.

Images: 1 


  1. what acrylic are you mixing in the first step?

  2. Hi! I have a few new recipes for cold porcelain!

  3. It"s acrylic paint, you can knead it in afterwards if you like, some cold porcelain recipes yield a pretty transparent clay. I hope this helps.



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