Monday, January 26, 2015

COLD PORCELAIN MINIATURES

Hello friends, Today am going to give you an introduction about cold porcelain crafts. Actually I was looking for a substitute to polymer clay as I was little hesitant about baking. While I was searching for the various types of clay that can be used for making clay murals came across this wonderful world of cold porcelain crafts and hence sharing with you all today. ( picture heavy post!!!!)


Difference between polymer clay and cold porcelain clay:

  1. Unlike polymer clay ,cold porcelain doesn't need an oven to bake. It air dries hard. 
  2. We can add paint while kneading and make different colours of clay or paint after finishing the work. 
  3. Very soft , so easy to knead and it doesn't crack.
  4. Upon drying it gives a matte finish and has little glaze. 
  5. Cold porcelain tends to shrink a little from original after drying. 
  6. This clay can be used by kids  ( if the glue used is non-toxic)
  7. And most important thing IT CAN BE MADE AT HOME WITH LESS COST
RECIPE FOR MAKING COLD PORCELAIN CLAY AT HOME: 
Materials needed:
1 cup corn starch powder
1 cup white glue
2 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice
2 tbsp of cooking oil 
Procedure:
Mix all the ingredients such that no lumps are formed. Then microwave it for 15 sec for about 7 -8 intervals. You can also mix it in tava and heat in gas. After each interval take the mixture out and stir well. After 7 or 8 intervals the mixture becomes solid  and it wont stick to the vessel. At this point take it out and knead it well by applying lotion in hands for about 10 min. Then wrap it in a polythene cover and refrigerate it in an air tight container for 24 hours.   I have attached the link of the video tutorial at the end of this post which I followed. 

Today we will be seeing how to use this cold porcelain clay to make miniatures.  I have made a choco-vanilla cake .


After making the cold porcelain we can add colour to the clay using acrylics or oil. 
Take a small ball of the CP ( cold porcelain clay) and add the desired colours to it. Knead well till the colours get  uniformly mixed in the clay. Make small balls and lay them flat as shown in pic4.

Place alternating colours of clay one over the other . Make a strip out of light brown clay and cover the seal the sides of the cake with it.

Roll the white clay into a long thread and twist two threads to make the icing on the top.


Cut a sector in the cake using a knife.


Allow it to dry for 24 hours. Once it is dried touch up with acrylic paints wherever necessary to get a realistic look of the cake.



Some tips to work with cold porcelain:
1. Do not over cook or bake cold porcelain such that they become hard. There will be cracks after finishing the piece.
2. If the clay is still moist and wet after 24 hours add little corn starch powder and knead well.
3. Store them in an air tight container or zip lock covers.
4. Cold porcelain takes 24-48 hours to dry completely and become hard. Drying time is higher than normal air dry clay.
5. It dries very hard almost unbreakable ( unless you drop it heavy )
6. It can be stored for  three months.

Some useful links:
Video tutorial to make cold porcelain
Cold porcelain using gas stove
Hope you liked my tute... Keep visiting my blog for more cold porcelain craft ideas.... 

Submitting to 
imaginations craft challenge blog - " Anything goes"
Dream valley challenge - " Anything goes"
country view challenge - " Use something new to you" - I have used cold porcelain which is new to me.





3 comments:

  1. Beautiful cake..and thanks for sharing the step by step procedure Ramya.. :)

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  2. Wow, fantastic! Looks good enough to eat it's so realistic. Thank you for sharing with us at Dream Valley Challenges. Shona xx

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  3. This is so clever, and what a fab tutorial. Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts. Sue xx

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