Make this inexpensive air drying clay that's great for both kids and adults.
I've been making rose beads for tiaras out of cold porcelain for several years now, but I finally got around to making my own home made cold porcelain. I couldn't believe how easy it was. This air dry clay is so much easier to shape and mould than Fimo or Sculpey, which makes it a perfect craft for children too.
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Measure out 1 cup of glue, 1 cup of corn flour, 1 tablespoon of baby oil and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to act as a preservative.
Place all the ingredients in a large microwaveable bowl or dish.
It's better to cook the clay slowly, so set your microwave at 50% and stir it with a metal spoon every 30 seconds.
It should take between 3 and 6 minutes cooking time, stirring at 30 second intervals.
When it all starts to come together into a solid dough it is ready.
Cover your work surface with cling film and smear the cling film with a tablespoon of cold cream or moisturiser. The dough will be really quite hot, so you need to work carefully.
Knead the dough on the cling film, working the moisturiser into the dough and working it until you get a smooth dough with no lumps and all the moisturiser has been absorbed.
Cover the dough in cling film, place it in a zip lock bag and place in an airtight container.
Once the clay has cooled down it's time to start making! Cold porcelain clay is naturally translucent, so to give it a porcelain quality you need to add some sort of white paint. I use permanent white gouache, but others use acrylics or white titanium oil paint. I'm yet to experiment with those.
You can also colour your clay at this stage with a little coloured gouache paint.
You can work cold porcelain clay in a similar way to sugar flower paste, but it does shrink by 20%.
If you find your clay a little sticky, just add a little corn flour until it becomes more workable.
Your dry pieces can now be coloured with paints, or dusting powders and then sealed with an acrylic sealing spray to protect them.
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