Do you remember last weekend when I shared the design elements for my Alice in Wonderland hat? Well I thought I would share with you the recipe for cold porcelain clay!!!
I used the recipe found on Puffy Little Things; which is a super cute blog that I already love. I did have to make a few small changes; so I thought I would share those with you here:
Ingredients: (this was enough to make 7 flowers, 3 toadstools, and a caterpillar) – I personally would recommend making just one batch at a time.
1 cup (240ml) of cornstarch/ corn flour – I used corn flour, it’s just what we use at home.
1 cup (240ml) of PVA glue (don’t buy the expensive stuff – cheap works just as well)
2 tablespoons of vinegar/ lemon juice/ lime juice – I used lemon juice, as I didn’t really want the strong vinegar smell.
2 tablespoons of baby oil/ cooking oil – I used Johnson’s baby oil, we have it on hand for the kids so it make sense
lotion – you don’t need much but it is best to use a non greasy formula (you do not put this in the mixture – it’s for kneading afterwards)
The first thing you need to do is make sure your bowl is microwave safe – then pop in all your wet ingredients followed by the cornflour:
Mix this until it’s pretty gooey and everything looks bound together:Pop it in the microwave at 15 second increments; stir between each 15 seconds. My microwave is an 800 volt so it took quite a bit longer but if your microwave is around 1100 you should only need to microwave it 3 times. The clay will start to form lumps - stir it and see if it comes together – when it’s at that stage you should stop cooking it. (also make sure you microwave this in a kitchen that has a window – it’s smells!!!)
Next pop some cling film on your work surface and drop some lotion on – this helps to cool your mixture quickly. Knead it well – if it’s still quite soft (mine was) then add a little more cornflour and just knead until it’s almost a pastry texture. The clay is ready when you pull it apart and it stands in a peak.
At this stage you need to rest your clay; wrap it in cling film and pop it in the fridge overnight – you can just leave it out but I think the texture was better in the fridge.
I took mine to college the next day and started making my elements – it’s a really fun clay to use, it air dries and it’s so quick to make. I’m planning to make some more – I might even make a few little brooches for myself.At the bottom of the post over on Puffy Little Things, there is a FAQ section so if you’re having any trouble making this or you just want to make sure your doing it right check that out. And if you make cold porcelain clay link me up – I would love to see what you are doing.
Lastly I am finding lots of really neat techniques over on Pinterest – if you want to follow me over there go for it AND I have an art page over on Facebook so if you pop over there give it a like!!!