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« on: January 10, 2010 05:37:03 AM »

I live in India where it's hard to find Polymer Clay or Fimo. And instead of ordering online, I decide to go for another alternative: Cold Porcelain Clay. That's glue, flour, and some other odd stuff over the stove. Yes, I cooked glue. It was fascinating.  Tongue

After some research online, I found I could get away with substituting Nivea for cold cream, and Vaseline for glycerin which I did have at home. It air dries, so there is no need to consume electricity or draw unwanted attention to the tray with smiley faces on it. And it shrinks, so it's not perfect.

But here's what I've made so far:


I used heavy silver eye make up, purple hair dye, and black stamping ink to color them and then sealed them with clear nail polish. The texture ones were made from pressing the clay into irregular surfaces, painting over with black and then lightly brushing over silver.

Those are the only painted/finished ones I've made so far. Clear nail polish, by the way, has no longevity (I found that out the hard way Sad) so until I order in some Sculpey Glaze, I left the rest unpainted/unglazed:


Has anyone else experimented with Cold Porcelain clay before? Comments and tips will be much appreciated!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2010 06:23:53 AM »

So neat. Love what you did.

Was wondering, I read the link and a lot of people had problems with cracks during drying. How'd that go for you?

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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2010 06:34:01 AM »

Extremely well done for an experimental thing. Really - I love the purple ones, especially the heart with the 3 different parts in it. (:

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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2010 06:34:35 AM »

So neat. Love what you did.

Was wondering, I read the link and a lot of people had problems with cracks during drying. How'd that go for you?

That did happen to some. I avoided it by making sure the surfaces were clean - like when we tend to fold the clay over itself, I smoothed out the surface as best as I could. It minimized the cracking to almost none at all. Since it's air-dry, it's easy to check up on them to see if they're drying okay (I was more concerned about how they shrink).
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2010 06:46:31 AM »

Very good job! And I see a Ladybug in there.  Grin  Love the ladybugs!

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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2010 08:13:40 AM »

they look great!  I played around with cold porcelain last month.  I found that the thicker things I had pressed into molds cracked a lot, but the things I rolled out thinly and stamped to decorate dried beautifully.  I will be working with it more later in the year for some ornaments and a wreath I want to try

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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2010 08:38:10 AM »

I have been meaning to try cold porcelain for awhile now.
Your pieces turned out beautifully.  I love the large heart pendant, and the large hammered-silver looking drop.

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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2010 08:48:12 AM »

omg - these are fabulous!  great job!

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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2010 08:52:58 AM »

They came out beautifully. Clearly you don't need sculpey, I can't wait to see the unfinished ones finished!

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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2010 09:29:40 AM »

This is really cool! I'm about to go back to school, and my dorm is very artsy. Also though, my dorm is insulated with hay and old newspapers... so a no heat 'clay' would be awesome!
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