Cold Porcelain Review ( no cracks )

Hello Hello,,

So as you know, I finally succeeded in making cold porcelain ^^
To recap, the ingredients I used were:

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup PVA glue
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp baby oil

I mixed ingredients together, put them in the microwave in 20 second intervals – for about 5-6 times. (Until I had this lumpy mixture that stayed in a ball when I mixed it around)
Afterward, I spent the LONGEST time mixing. Ended up using about 3 cups of tapioca flour to make it not stick (ran out of cornstarch), and also, figured I was using the wrong cream. Neutrogrena non-grease hand lotion worked perfect for me.

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Now, here it is :

New batch

Here is what my successful batch looks like. From the recipe, I got about 320g of cold porcelain. It’s actually quite a small amount but this will last you a long time if you make small items.

Taking a piece out

Here is what it looks like after I pulled a piece out. As you can see, it’s not very smooth. This is most likely because of all the extra tapioca flour I added in while I was mixing.

Colouring

After mixing the clay around for a bit, you can see than it becomes really smooth.
When I pulled it apart slowly, you see that its quite soft and it stretches like it’s supposed to. For this I’m just going to randomly colour it with some chalk pastels

Blending

Here is just something with ears.
As you can see, blending is still tricky. You don’t really get that same smoothness in Cold porcelain compared to polymer clay. It spreads but not fully blending into the actual clay.

Textures

And here is just something to show you the textures again.
I guess this is the same as before, it holds textures so-so. Making things like cakes will be hard with cold porcelain so yes.. I don’t really think you’ll be doing a lot of detailed textures.

Brittle

Here is something else I did earlier. I made a waffle pattern and imprinted it on top of the clay. This was rolled quite thin so the clay dried in about half a day ?
Also, once dried, it’s kind of brittle. When you bend it, it just snaps so yes. I don’t even know why you want to snap it though, I don’t know why I did this ahaha..

Dried

This is the piece of clay dried !

NO CRACKS !

Which is freaking awesome. Also, I didn’t have any measurements so I’m not sure if it shrunk or not.
I think it took about 1 1/2 days to dry fully ? It’s probably due to Auckland weather but yeah, it has been raining so that probably would’ve contributed to the speed of the drying process.

Also, notice I put the cold porcelain onto the plastic surface. This is so it didn’t stick when I needed to lift it up.

completed

So there we go
Front and back. No cracking at all !

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This is the recipe that works ! No cracking and you make it quick and easy in the microwave.
Only concern I have is the mixing process, which worked well for the youtuber who I saw this from, but gave me a bit of trouble.

Hopefully, next time I will get better at making it ^^

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn

On fire !

Hallooo !!

So, I’m only fire recently… crafting and completing a craft everyday….

Just a little note about my next posts:

  • Cold porcelain review will be up in a couple of days
  • Tutorial of Howl’s moving castle
  • Later , my tutorial of Portal guns and companion cube

Portal Gun

Portal gun 2

So I made this portal gun. This is just a prototype atm.
Now that I know how I’m going to construct everything, I’ll be making the yellow one so yes ^^ Hopefully will be a listing on Etsy.

This measures about 5cm long  and 2cm in height.

These images are also before I glazed them ,, atm it is drying from the glass ohoho,,

Be waiting ^^

I’m off to make the companion cube now !

Thanks for reading,

-Cyn

Guys… I did it…

Oh my life…

I FINALLY DID IT !
I MADE COLD PORCELAIN WITHOUT FAILING ! SDFKJHSDKFJS

Here is the video I used to make it.:


This time, the ingredients I used are:

  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 2 tbsp baby oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

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So I’ve used this method once already and that time completely failed. I didn’t microwave it long enough and the ingredients just wouldn’t stay together.
THIS time , I left in for longer. About five 20 second intervals – basically till I had random lumps in the mixture and when I mixed it around, it sort of clumped together into a ball.

Now for the mixing.
I spend 40 MINUTES mixing…
At first, I was like okay, the person said it’ll come together in 10 minutes or so – so I kept going.
It didn’t come together. I used lots of lotion and just kept trying to mix it and nothing worked D: It was seriously bumming me out. If I failed this time, I would’ve wasted 1000ml of glue.

I got angry and decided to use a WHOLE bunch of cornstarch. Seriously, I think I used 3 cups to mix with. I just sat there mixing it and adding more until it didn’t stick to my gloves.
The consistency got better so I decided to use lotion to mix. It turned sticky again,, u__u;

And so more cornstarch was added.

Then finally, I realised that MAYBE I was using the wrong lotion – so I went back and took my sister’s neutrogena non-greasy handcream.

SDJKFLHSKDHFKJ IT WORKED

So yes…
I finally have a successful batch of cold porcelain. I’m going to use it and let it dry and see if it cracks, I’ll make a review post when that time comes.
Ah,, I’m so happy right now…. I’ve failed making cold porcelain 4 times already..

Conclusion : Use non-grease lotion to mix your clay. I tried like 4 different lotions and only this made my clay not turn sticky again. Also, cornstarch… lots and lots of cornstarch.
:D
Anyways, this is just some exciting(?) news for me because this might be a solution for saving my moneys on clay.

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Thanks for reading this weird post

-Cyn

Tutorial : Mold making (chocolate)

Hello my reader ^^

Today will be a short tutorial on how to make molds. I think it’s pretty self explanatory, just mixing two parts right ? (I’ll show you anyways ohoho,)

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Here we go !

Materials:

Materials

  • Mold putty
  • The object you want to be a replica of ( in this case, chocolate !)

Mixing the mold

  • Take equal parts of each colour ( so that means 1:1 ratio).
  • Mix together ! Mix till you have no more streaks in your putty. I have to work quite fast because mine is fast drying.
  • Slowly, push the putty down onto the chocolate. Make there are no air bubbles, and that it’s stuck to the whole surface.
  • (Try not to push the object into the putty. This tends to morph the details. Instead, roll your putty down over, and firmly push it onto the surface – make sure all important details will be captured)

The replica

  • Once it’s dry, take the object out. Can you see that the chocolate sort of melted ? TT This sort of made my design less clear….
  • Shall we try and see what it looks like ? I put cold porcelain in there !
  • The shape looks the same ! It’s got all the edges ^^

Better comparison

  • Let’s try colouring the CP, make it more realistic,,
  • Which one do you think is the real chocolate ? Wahaha, it’s the bottom one.

Cracks in Porcelain

  • This was the next morning.
  • See how the CP cracked ? It cracked in places where I placed separate blobs and blended them in.
  • The top one doesn’t have any cracks so that means, CP doesn’t crack when you just have one piece !

And there we go !

A chocolate mold, and a little test on how well CP takes on detail from the mold. Remember, if you don’t want cracks in your CP, try to just use one piece instead of blending in several pieces.

Enjoy and thanks for reading !

-My Easter themed creation will be up shortly  ! Just adding some finishing touches ^^;;

-Cyn

Cold Porcelain – A comparison

Hello Hello !

Today’s post will be sort of like a review on Cold Porcelain. This is just to show you guys how well cold porcelain takes textures. The textures I will be using are ice cream, cake and bread/cookie.

Here we go ! 

Ice cream texture

Here is the ice cream texture. I was actually surprised because, making this texture is wayyyyyy easier than using polymer clay. The breaks were very easy to achieve, whereas, in polymer clay if you handled the clay too much, the breaks would not appear. The only bad thing is the cracking in the clay. When this clay was drying, the top and everything was okay, but at the bottom, there were some very visible cracks. Ofc, this would not be a problem if you made a good batch of CP.

Failed cake texture

The cake texture. You can clearly see that this didn’t go very well….
As you know, CP is  very soft, so creating crumbs ( by overlapping the scribbles) was very hard. You can also see the swirly marks made by my needle tool.
This just means that, cake texture is not suitable for CP.

Bread texture

Here is the bread/cookie texture.
I think this turned out pretty well. There’s not much more to say.

And there you go !
A short comparison on CP to polymer clay on texture. Sorry for the big images… I didn’t realise the size was going to be like this. I thought it would automatically resize itself like it normally does…

Hope this was helpful ^^

If you have any questions, just leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading!
-Cyn

Tutorial : Alternatives of Whipped cream

Hey guys !

As promised, here is my tutorial on different types of whipped cream. Sorry it took so long..  I finally went into crazy craft mode and made a lot of tutorials….
Some are still in editing stage and will be saved as drafts for later posts. I wasn’t actually going to post this one up so early, I was hoping to post the mickey mouse themed ones first, but since I think is is more helpful,  here it is !

(I really hope this helps, because when I was first starting, I didn’t know this at all ! )

Here we go !

Here are the types of whipped cream you can make for your creations:

  •  Sealant
  • TLS (Translucent liquid sculpey)
  • Cold porcelain
  • Puffy paint
  • Hot glue

Sealant: I use a white sealant that is for tiles. It’s air dry, and I’m pretty sure there’s a photo of it somewhere in my previous posts.

Sealant cream

  • You see that normal blob ? That’s the sealant. The dollop of ‘cream’ next to it was piped out. I made a whole bunch and that was the best looking one. You see, the sealant’s consistency isn’t very thick, so some of the ‘cream’ that I piped out spread a little. This made them flat, and the pattern wasn’t defined as I would’ve liked.
  • To thicken up your sealant, just add cornstarch or potato starch , or in my case, Tapioca flour. Mix mix mix ! The more you put in, the thicker it gets ! ( Try not to put too much, or else it’ll get sort of lumpy).
  • In the third picture, you can see that it can hold the peaks ! This is good consistency.
  • It takes about a day for the outside to dry (depending on the thickness of your cream), and probably about…… 2 days ? For it to dry completely. Although, depending on the humidity, it may take longer.

Cake using sealant cream

  • Here is a cake that I iced with sealant. This was the day I thought of using starch to thicken it up, ohoho !
  • Also, since the sealant dries matte, make sure you glaze it afterwards.
Comparison of sealant
Here’s an extra comparison picture I took a few days ago. The one with the ‘cocoa’ powder is the sealant with tapioca starch added. Can you sort of tell the difference ? The pattern of it is much more defined, and sharp compared to the other one. The other one isn’t as defined, and it did spread a little.

Cold Porcelain: Again, this is an air dry type of ‘cream’. The process of making this is basically the same as the TLS.

Making the cold porcelain cream

  • As you can see, I am using PVA glue and cold porcelain.
  • Find a container, or some sort of surface to mix the ‘cream’ in.
  • Mix mix mix ! The thickness of the ‘cream’ depends on the ratio of CP:PVA glue.

Colouring the CP cream

  • Here’s what it looks like on this random piece of clay. It sort of looks like the icing on buns right ? Ohoho, the consistency is quite thin here.
  • I added more clay, and a litttle bit more PVA. Can you tell the consistency is thicker ?
  • Let’s try adding some colour. I am using pastel.

Coloured porcelain

  • Using pastel doesn’t really give the ‘cream’ a very concentrated colour. Try acrylic paint if you want something more concentrated.
  • Also, see how this consistency can hold the ‘peaks’.
  • And again, just how it it looks like on top of that piece of clay. You can swirl the clay with a needle tool ( or toothpick). It will hold the swirls nicely.

Now, the only concern I have for CP whipped cream are the cracks. If you do manage to make CP that doesn’t crack, then this won’t be an issue. Also, keep in mind that CP does shrink when it dries. This left little holes in the ‘cream’, but it’s not too noticeable, and should be fine.

Translucent Liquid SculpeyThe steps for making translucent liquid sculpey is exactly the same as the CP version. Since it is basically polymer clay, all you need to do is bake to set it. This version of the ‘whipped cream’ is definitely the most time efficient ( since you don’t need drying time). However, it is also the most pricey.

TLS

  • All you need is Liquid sculpey and the clay of your choice. You could use Fimo deco, but I find TLS is better.
  • The steps are exactly the same as the Cold porcelain version. However, it does take LONGLONG to mix. It’s best if you make a big batch all in one go to save you time.
  • When you start mixing, start off with a little bit of clay : TLS. This is because, you’ll need way more TLS than clay. Slowly add more clay to thicken the consistency.
  • The second image is my batch of TLS. When I need to use it, I just take a little bit out, and add colour if I need to.
  • Remember to bake it ! It’s best to add TLS after your creation is baked, this is so you have a more solid surface to work on.

Puffy Paint: This isn’t really whipped cream, but puffy paint is AWESOME as drizzle. It isn’t that pricey, so yeah. The only downside is that, you can’t really pipe it out with a pattern.

Puffy Paint

  • This is my puffy paint collection ! This all came in a pack,,,,, for about 4 NZD ? Don’t really remember.

Coloured of Puffy paint

  • Here is the nozzle that usually comes with the puffy paint. This is what I meant when I said that you couldn’t really pipe it out with a ‘pattern’.
  • The second image is just the colours.
  • Notice in the third image , the colours are darker. Puffy paint gets darker as it dries. I just randomly made this cake with leftover clay…. sorry, it’s a bit ugly.
  • Puffy paint takes about a day to dry ? You could use a hair dryer but when I did , it ended up spreading everywhere TT. Plus, if you blow dry it, you have to hold your creation, and then your fingers end up burning. Just let it air dry. 
Hot glue: Now this technique, I haven’t actually tried myself. I saw it on youtube a while back , and it is very effective as drizzle for deco den. The only thing is that you’ll have to buy coloured hot glue. I can’t really find them in NZ (only the glitter ones), so yeah.
Here’s a video !
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Aaaand there we go !
I really hope this helped ! When I first started out with polymer clay, I only knew about TLS. It made me so sad when I added too much clay, and needed to add HEAPS of TLS to get it into a smooth consistency…

If you have any more ways to make whipped cream, please leave a comment :D
And as always, if you have any questions, just leave a comment !

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn

Cold Porcelain : Clay review (?)

Hello Hello !

So, if you’ve read my Quick Update post, you’ll see that I had edited it and striked out the “Cold Porcelain, Lying down pink Rilakkuma”.

Now, the reason why I don’t really want to post it is because Cold Porcelain is kind of hard to work with. As it an air dry clay, it does dry while you are working on it. If you don’t know already, I always make up things a long the way – this is why it takes long for me to make a creation, and why cold porcelain isn’t exactly suited to me.

In the comments of the site I got the recipe off, there were complaints about cracking, and that is exactly what happened to me. Like I said before, the CP dries as you work on it so when I was blending, it did get a bit difficult. The clay is also quite soft so it does lose its’ shape easily when you handle it a lot.

Here is the bear I made. As you can see, it is unfinished. I just needed to add the snout details, but still, I’m not very satisfied with this creation (that’s also why I don’t really want to upload it) :

Incomplete bearI don’t really think it is a Rilakkuma anymore. It’s just going to be a normal bear D: It doesn’t meet the standard of Rilakkuma !

If you look closely, you’ll see little lines of where I had tried to blend. I didn’t want to press too hard when I was blending because it would have changed the shape.

This image is about a couple of hours after I left it:

Cracks in the clay

As you can see, the cracks are VERY visible. Again, these are only a couple of hours since I made the bear. It has been a couple of days now, the shrinkage and cracks are even worse.I used toothpicks to attach the head to the body, and you can see a little bit of the toothpicks.

The cracks are just mainly where I blended pieces of clay together so I guess CP is okay if you aren’t going to blend a lot.

Just a note , I also made a second batch of CP using :

1 cup – Glue
1 cup – cornstarch
2 tbsp – mineral oil (I used vaseline)
2 tbsp – Lemon juice

Maybe I overcooked it or maybe this recipe isn’t correct ( the comment said it worked for them), but yeah. This is even worse than my first batch.
It’s REALLY elastic and you can’t blend AT ALL…. what am I going to do with all the wasted glue ? I was really looking forward to working with this Cold porcelain….

For now, I’m just going to use it for small things like adding volume to a clay creation or something. I don’t really know..

Any suggestions ?

-Thanks for reading this quite long post. I’m just a bit disappointed that CP didn’t work the way I wanted it to D;

-Cyn