This has got to be one of the most enjoyable discoveries of mine. Here we are at week three. I have barely tapped the surface of what this clay can do and already I sure am having fun!
This week was the making of recipe #2 and I like it much better than the first batch I made. Don’t get me wrong recipe #1 has its uses but I LOVE all things flora, floral, flowery, feminine …. you get the idea! The concept of being able to make very realistic flowers is one of the main reasons why I wanted to try cold porcelain in the first place, and recipe #2 is AMAZING for flower making. Bet you are tapping your foot and thinking to yourself … get to the recipe for crying out loud! Ok here it is:
Cold Porcelain Clay Version 2
1 Bottle of Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (8oz)
1 Cup of Cornstarch/Arrowroot Powder
2 Tbsp of Olive Oil/Baby Oil/Mineral Oil (I used olive oil)
2 Tbsp of White Vinegar/Lemon Juice
A surface for kneading your dough (a countertop or flooring tile is good)
Optional – A pair of gloves
DirectionsIn a microwavable bowl add 1 cup cornstarch. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until no longer lumpy. *Microwave 15 seconds. Mix well. Repeat from * until your mixture becomes to stiff to continue mixing. Microwave temperatures vary so you may need anywhere from 5 to 10 intervals of microwaving and stirring. I used an 1100 watt microwave and only needed 6 intervals total.
If you are using gloves you’ll want to get those on now. This batch kneads up nicely without gloves but my little helper buddy isn’t used to messy hands so I thought it was better if I spared him that.
Spread a Tbsp of Nivea Cream over the surface you will use to “knead” your dough. I use this marble tile I picked up at the local Menard’s
I like using the tile because it saves me from having the mess on my actual countertop. The tile is a very nice smooth surface and it holds a chill so it helps cool down the clay as you knead it. It is heavy so it doesn’t move around as you knead either…yay for that! I tried using parchment paper the first time I made some and that was just a pain in the neck! I had to “chase” the parchment paper as it scooted all over the counter and even with nivea cream on it the clay stuck to it – messy messy!
Alrighty so you have your gloves on or off (nivea cream those as well), your counter has nivea on it and you are ready to knead, knead, knead the dough. Knead it like you would bread dough taking care not to trap air in it. This is air drying clay so trapped air will dry out parts of it. My helper kneaded the dough for about 5 mins and then got bored (hey he is a kid so we are cutting him some slack) I continued to knead it for another few minutes until it felt very elastic-y and smooth. It’s now ready to be packaged and allowed to rest for a day. Lay out a piece of plastic wrap, spread a little bit of nivea cream on it and wrap the clay in it making sure that no air is trapped inside the plastic. I cut a second piece of plastic and wrap mine up again just to be extra cautious! Let it rest for a day and then go forth and CREATE!
Here are some tips and tricks for flower making that I discovered through trial and error:
- Take out small quantities at a time because you do not need much. It’s amazing how thin this clay rolls out! That means you need very little to do ALOT of flower petals! I took out about a quarter sized ball of it and made a rose with it (photo above). It’s a small rose of about 1.5″ by 1.5″ but I even had a little left over after finishing the rose and that was impressive to me. You can package up left overs but once it is colored it does dry out faster
- Roll out in an even layer so all the petals end up the same size after you detail them
- Allow the petals to dry slightly before creating your flower. When they are to “wet” they will stick to each other and you won’t get the beautiful definition of each petal. (You can see a little bit of that in the flowers pictured above).
- You can cut out lots of petals in advance. To keep them from drying out you need to store them inside of two pieces of plastic with a little nivea cream on the inside of each piece. I used a plastic report cover I got at walmart for less than $2 (Report Cover). It works fine but a higher quality one would serve you better. My top piece curves up and I have to place something heavier on it to hold it down.
I’m still learning many things about how to use this clay so stay tuned next Saturday for week number four of my adventures!