Make Your Own Cold Porcelain
Make delicate creations using this easy to make homemade air dry clay. Cold porcelain dries to a beautiful and durable finish perfect for making tiny flowers and other miniatures. It can be used alone or combined with other mediums like polymer clay, resin, or paper.
Cold porcelain uses common ingredients you can find in most kitchens plus plain old white glue.
What is Cold Porcelain?
Cold porcelain is an inexpensive, cornstarch based, air dry clay which is relatively easy to make at home. It's easy to use and requires few specialized tools aside from a basic set of sculpting tools and a smooth work surface covered with wax paper.
Cold porcelain is not real porcelain, it got its name because the finished product looks like porcelain. It is an air dry clay that does not require firing or heating of any kind.
Cold porcelain when dry is slightly flexible and quite durable if it's sealed with a waterproof sealer, this makes it perfect for thin, delicate creations that would be fragile if made from other materials. Cold porcelain will be damaged or even dissolve if it's exposed to water without being properly sealed.
Noadi's Cold Porcelain Recipe
There are many cold porcelain recipes available, this is the one I prefer because it gives good result and is non-toxic.
Please supervise children while making or using this clay, non-toxic doesn't mean edible and pieces of cold porcelain could pose a choking hazard.
1 cup pva glue (white glue like Elmer's Glue All)
1 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon mineral oil (babyoil)
1 tablespoon lemon juice, witchhazel, or clove oil (these are natural preservative that help prevent mold, optional but recommended)
1. Combine ingredients in pot. Don't use your good cookware for this because it can be hard to clean off.
2. Cook on low heat stirring constantly for 10 minutes or until dough forms and begins to come away from the sides.
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool until you can handle it.
4. Knead to a smooth clay consistency.
5. Store wrapped in plastic and refrigerated.
6. Color is translucent cream but can be tinted with acrylic or oil paint. White paint gives a true porcelain look. If you are using this clay with children make sure the paints are also non-toxic, some paint pigments contain toxic chemicals so check the label.
Model as you would any other clay, metal and smooth plastic work best for me as does keeping my fingers lubricated with a little mineral oil. The clay has a tendency to stick to wooden tools.
Keep any clay you are not using either wrapped in plastic or covered by a damp cloth to keep it from drying out while waiting to be used. If the clay it too sticky dust with a little more cornstarch and if it is a bit crumbly add a few more drops of mineral oil.
Dries in about 24 hours, expect 20-30% shrinkage.
Originally from Noadi's Art Tutorials
Other Cold Porcelain Recipes
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Big list of recipes.
Buy Cold Porcelain - Don't want to make it yourself? You can buy cold porcelain too.
Cold Porcelain Videos
What Can You Do With Cold Porcelain?
Cold porcelain was originally invented for use in sculpting miniature flowers and that is still the most common use for it. Cold porcelain works bet for thin delicate creations such as flowers, leaves, feathers, fabric, etc.
Because cold porcelain shrinks the only armatures that should be used with it are floral wires, cardstock, or a "soft" armature like styrofoam. To allow for even drying it really should be 1/2 inch (1cm) thick or less. Otherwise cold porcelain can be used much the same way as polymer clay.
Sealing Cold Porcelain
Cold porcelain and water are not friends so you really need to seal your cold porcelain creations for durability. I personally prefer spray sealers but brush on acrylic varnish also works well.
Just about any clear spray or varnish will work but acrylic or polyurethane based sealers are best. If children are using cold porcelain either brush on acrylic varnish should be used or an adult should spray the sealer for them.
Spray Seal your Cold Porcelain Creations
Cold Porcelain Projects
- Cold porcelain flower tutorials pictures from crafts photos on webshots
Cold porcelain flower tutorials pictures published by suedsimpson
- Basic "Cold Porcelain" Miniature Flower Making Tutorial
Apple Blossoms are fairly simple structured flowers and will serve as a great example for trying out some techniques to create miniature "Cold Porcelain" flowers.
- Gina_Atkinson: Porcelain Flowers (1 of 4)
The art of Cold Porcelain originated in Russia and became popular in the Victorian times throughout the world. The art of flower making was forgotten for a long time, but is now very popular againâ¦it is probably also more successful due to the advan
- Linda Peterson Designs Art Buzz: Tips for working with Craft Porcelain
It's not a new medium, though it is maybe an unfamiliar one. I first introduced this air dry clay on The Carol Duvall show a couple of years ago.
Leave Me A Note
pimbels lm on August 25, 2012:
I was looking for the recipe, than you for sharing. Great lens.
EpicFarms on June 23, 2012:
I have some cold porcelain and molds, but haven't used them yet. I'll have to check out some more of the tutorials you posted before I'm brave enough to tackle it ;o)
waldenthreenet on June 09, 2012:
Valuable art and craft form. Can this be linked to strengthening art forms associated with ethnic voices, for example, Native Amercian cultures ? Congrads on your Squidoo level 63. Thanks.
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on June 03, 2012:
This sounds like a great project to do with my grandkids. I love that we won't have to use the oven!
Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on May 24, 2012:
I never knew about this-- thanks
brynimagire on March 24, 2012:
Great resources listed! Blessed and liked.
Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on March 18, 2012:
Thanks for the recipe. Looks like a lot of fun. Who said art can't start at kitchen?
SimplyTonjia on March 15, 2012:
This is a great lens. And, a definite must try. Thanks for being so thorough.
Lee Hansen from Vermont on March 14, 2012:
Thanks for sharing the cold porcelain clay recipe and tips. Your work is stunning, and I would love to try some of this just for fun.
JoshK47 on January 11, 2012:
How wonderfully informative - you certainly know your crafting! :) Blessed by a SquidAngel
norma-holt on December 24, 2011:
Great idea for the creative beast when let loose. Never heard of this product before.
LilliputStation on October 08, 2011:
My son has been using cheese wax to model. (I made a Squidoo lens about his hobby.) He is very interested to try your recipe. Thanks!
jlshernandez on May 10, 2011:
This somethibg I would like to try. Sounds like fun.
Jeanette from Australia on April 01, 2011:
This looks like something I should try some time. Excellent instructions.
evadeda on March 05, 2011:
i add instant fondant and it is satiny smooth and does not crack
spider-girl on December 17, 2010:
I make this clay often but with a slight different recipe, thanks for sharing yours!
tssfacts on September 13, 2010:
I have never heard of this method before. I will add it to my crafting collections. Thank you for sharing.
LadyLovelace LM on July 16, 2010:
I didn't realise you could make the stuff! Very useful information indeed!
pimbels lm on June 02, 2009:
Very nice lens. Something for my miniatures.
Sheryl Westleigh (author) from Maine on May 01, 2009:
[in reply to gico] Seal after painting but make sure the paint is completely dry first.
gico on May 01, 2009:
hello!! thank you for the tips
I have 1 question should i add the sealer after I painted of before?
EpicFarms on April 12, 2009:
Wow - some beautiful pieces on here. I think I'm going to have to give that recipe a shot, 5* and thanks! :o)
ctavias0ffering1 on April 04, 2009:
This is really interesting and a great lens too 5* and a touch of Angel dust for you.
wohlsson on January 27, 2009:
To answer those who are asking about what balls/shapes to use as a
form or base under the cold porcelain. Here is a website that been well tested for this
use. It is Smoothfoam and is smooth and very firm. Its not that rough styrofoam. Also there are lots of differest shapes and the prices are great. Good luck.
Bill and Jean
www.plasteelcorp.com or Smoothfoam.com
[in reply to Noadi]
CreativeGirlz on January 19, 2009:
I have made this clay several times and it had worked quite superbly. But when the last time i made it, the finished items are cracking. a 1 cm ball, for example, got cracked from center, resulting in two pieces. Kindly tell me what should I do now?? I will be very grateful to u!!!
caa2327 on January 10, 2009:
[in reply to Noadi] Thank you so much! I really appreciate you taking the time to respond to my question. I will give the foam balls a try! Thanks again!
Sheryl Westleigh (author) from Maine on January 07, 2009:
[in reply to caa2327] I think it would crack if you tried to use a ping pong ball. What you could use though would be some of those little foam balls that craft stores sell (sometimes stores with school supplies carry them too for school projects). Those have some give to them so they would compress under the shrinkage.
caa2327 on January 07, 2009:
I was wondering if I could use a ping-pong ball as a form under the cold porcelain. I read about shrinkage; if I used the ping-pong ball and shaped cold porcelain around it -- would it hold it's shape or would it split and crack? I want to create some Christmas ornaments and ping-pong balls are the only things that I can think of using for a form. Help and advice, please?
Jimmie Quick from Memphis, TN, USA on November 08, 2008:
Thanks for the recipe. This is something I should try with my crafty daughter.
You're officially blessed!
anonymous on October 01, 2008:
very well set lens:) well presented:)
Glenna Jones from Orlando, Florida on September 23, 2008:
Wow, thanks for the recipe. I think I'll be back to try it once the gardening season slows down.
Sheryl Westleigh (author) from Maine on July 23, 2008:
There are different formulations of cold porcelain out there and most likely she had a more flexible recipe than mine. It also could be that larger sheets of my cold porcelain could flex more, I've only created very small flowers with petals of around 1/4 inch. The great thing is that making cold porcelain is cheap so mix up a small batch and experiment a little!
mozayko on July 23, 2008:
Thank you for your prompt response!!! I once saw these flowers made out of this cornstarch based clay that made the petals very flexible and nothing would happen to them. I remember the lady who made them would flex completely the petals and they would go back to their original shape. It seemed like a plastic kind of thing. I thought cold porcelain was this material since it has the same cornstarch base. It's flexibility is as I am describing it or the material I saw is something else? The pictures you have of the flowers look exactly like the ones I saw. Where can I buy cold porcelain? Thanks!
Sheryl Westleigh (author) from Maine on July 22, 2008:
It's slightly flexible, so if a petal is bent a little bit it will pop back to it's original position but bend it too much and it will break. You can add color mixing a few drops of acrylic or oil paint into the clay or paint it after it's dry.
mozayko on July 22, 2008:
Hello! Thank you for all of this useful information. I had a question regarding the finished look of cold porcelain. Is it flexible? Like if I were to make flowers, once its dry, can I move the flowers without breaking? and how do you color cold porcelain?
beachbum_gabby on July 01, 2008:
wow! looks very interesting and fun idea. never tried this before, thanks for the heads up! :)
gods_grace_notes on June 24, 2008:
Oooo, this looks like fun! I'm going to have to try this! Thanks for the easy instructions!
stacirosedesigns on June 19, 2008:
Am looking forward to experimenting with this medium. As an English speaker, it's difficult to find specific information that is not in Portuguese or Spanish! :) Thanks for creating this lense!
hearthealth lm on June 12, 2008:
Aha, the perfect experiment for all budding artists out there! 5* and faved, I hope you could visit my carnival glass lens!
cappuccino136 on June 04, 2008:
This is a lovely and informative lens. Your sculptures are beautiful!
Webcodes LM on June 04, 2008:
This is fascinating, didn't even know cold porcelain existed. Thank you 5*
TopStyleTravel on June 04, 2008:
This is interesting. Had never heard of before. Very beautiful.
Teacher Adez7 on June 04, 2008:
Very informative and sweet~~!!
Janet2221 on May 31, 2008:
Nice lens! Your sculpters are beautiful. Thanks for featuring my Fondant Cake lens. Rated 5*'s and lensrolled. :)