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

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