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How to make porcelain clay

Updated on August 16, 2012
Raw Porcelain Clay for Sale
Raw Porcelain Clay for Sale | Source

Intro

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.


Porcelain Clay Flower
Porcelain Clay Flower | Source

Frequent Uses

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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      Simone 

      16 months ago

      I'm going to be purist and say this ain't porcelain, and it should be named something else to save confusion.

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      Miranda 195 

      4 years ago

      I have made the most amazing corn starch clay yet water does not go in the recipe after it is cooked and cooled I add Lepage spackling just kneed it in the clay and it becomes elastic never craks when drying

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      Gitzy Mum 

      4 years ago

      This is "Cold Porcelain". An air dry version.

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      Angie Power 

      5 years ago from North Cali

      This must be different from the Porcelain Clay that is fired in a kiln and glazed. What are you supposed to seal this clay with so that it will not get water damage?

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      DMPottery 

      5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I found this hub confusing as it doesn't clarify immediately that it is not talking about porcelain clay - the ceramic material. You should be more specific about what this 'porcelain clay' actually is. Real porcelain clay is made up of Kaolin, silica, felspar etc and is fired in a kiln.

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