A little about Cold Porcelain
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Cold Porcelain Clay 101
If you want to bypass the step of making it and go straight to working with it, you always have the option to buy it. Like the many recipes available for how to make it, there are many ready to use Cold Porcelain Clay options available for purchase, this option will too take some trial – and hopefully minimal error – to find the one YOU like the most.
As my specialty resides in sculpting Cold Porcelain Flowers, here is a basic list for the most common flower modeling tools:
- Cutters – for leaves, petals and other shapes, these are made from stainless steel or plastic.
- Veiners – single or double sided and made from silicon, these flexible tools serve as a texture mold/template to your creations.
- Rolling Board and Rolling Pin – these are useful for stretching and thinning your clay. Roller pins come in different materials like wood and silicon.
- Ball Tool and Frilling Sticks – these are also used for thinning the clay while giving it some movement, shape or sculpting. The ball tool, also called Ball Stylus Tool, is used to smooth the clay.
If the Clay gets a little stiff or dry, add some baby oil and knead it until the right consistency is achieved – workable and soft.
Keep in mind that the warmth of the hands – the actual kneading/conditioning – may actually do the trick and help soften the clay.
If the clay is not smooth, your can knead/condition it with some baby oil or hand lotion to help soften the clay. As mentioned before, the warmth of your hand may be all you need to soften your clay, especially if your clay is new.
First thing to keep in mind… Although the natural color of Cold Porcelain Clay may seem white, it is NOT – unless you have purchased “white” CP Clay. The reason for this is that Cold Porcelain Clay will dry to a translucent color, so YES you will also need to dye your Clay white.
When it comes to dyeing techniques and achieving the coloring results you are looking for, just like making your own Cold Porcelain Clay, it will take some practice and calibration. The Clay you are working with will ultimately dictate the “best” dyeing technique. For example, to reach vivid colors the technique may suggest using more paint, however doing so and depending on the consistency and ingredients formula, the Clay may crack in the drying process.
Here are some things to consider when dyeing Cold Porcelain Clay:
- The paint brand and type achieve different results.
- The color deepens as the clay dries.
- It is very unlikely to “perfectly” match a color in a second batch.
- If too much paint is used, the clay will lose moisture and smoothness. The finished work may also have some cracks and get a plastic look.
Yes it does. Once your finished work dries you will notice some shrinkage.
So the next logical question is how much will it shrink? Well… and as you may already expect, it depends on the Clay you are working with. It may seem that Cold Porcelain Clay recipes don’t vary that much, but they actually do and one of the variances is moisture. So during the drying process – in which the water excess evaporates – the finished work will shrink. The loss of moisture is what also causes the darkening of colors once the CP Clay dries.
All this for you to keep in mind that your work will shrink anywhere from 10% to 30%.
It’s all about your artistic skills… and the right tools. Detail, realism, dimension and ultimately PERFECTION, this is what you can achieve when sculpting with Cold Porcelain Clay. Let your inspiration come to life!
You know the feeling… when you come across something that immediately activates your creative nature, rushing you through countless ideas that have one thing in common – how much you will ENJOY creating them! Well… get ready, because Cold Porcelain Clay will unleash a world of infinite creative possibilities!
Create. Have Fun. Repeat. Cold Porcelain Clay provides hours of fun for those little Michelangelos that want to discover or perfect their artistic talents, and for those little ones that just like to experiment… the good news is that Cold Porcelain Clay is non-toxic.