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How to make porcelain clay
Porcelain clay is one of the best materials for a craft project available. If you have chosen to work on a delicate craft project than this material is by far the best choice. It is very pliable and soft which makes it ideal in many situations. Porcelain clay gets it name because of its shiny resemblance to porcelain once the clay dries. One great advantage to this type of clay is that it can be fairly inexpensive and easy to make. Another advantage is that you can add a particular color to enhance whatever project or piece of art you are inspiring to create.
How to make it
The first step in making porcelain clay is to get the required ingredients and equipment required for the process. The ingredients include 3/4 cup of white glue, 1/2 cup of water, 1 tsp (≈ about 5 ml) of glycerin, and 1 cup of corn starch. You may also include acrylic paint for color. The only equipment required is a plastic container, a wooden spoon, a couple of hand towels, and a sauce pan. The next step is to mix the water, glue, and glycerin in your saucepan over medium heat. The goal is to heat it up and mix it until it becomes creamy and smooth. Make sure to remove any clumps. After this, you can begin slowly adding the corn starch as you continue mixing. The mixture should begin to take on a cottage cheese form. After this remove the mixture from the sauce pan into a towel or something similar and form it into a ball. At this point you should place a cold wet towel on a plate and then the ball on top of that. This is when you should begin kneading the clay until it is cool to the touch. You can now remove the towel but continue to knead the ball for a few more minutes. If the ball feels sticky then cornstarch should be added. If you would like to add color this is the best time. Keep the porcelain clay in an air tight container for up to three days.
The most common creation that is made with porcelain clay is miniature flowers. This was actually what it was originally invented for. This material is best for smaller projects like the flowers or some people prefer to make statues or other pieces of miniature art. One thing to keep in mind that a project made with this materiel is fragile so be careful. Another good tip is to immediately seal your project because moisture can really do damage to your finished piece of art. This type of clay can be a fun and creative material to work with, just be sure to take your time when making it and take care of your project after it is finished.
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