Working with Cold Porcelain Clay The New Polymer Clay!

 
 

Regular Polymer clay has been around for quite a while and has been used by many for their arts n crafts needs. But lately a new type of clay has stepped out on the scene and it’s called Cold Porcelain Clay. Now, this is considered a new type of clay because it isn’t wildly sold in stores. In fact it first originated in Argentina and if you wanted to get some cold porcelain clay you would have to import it from Argentina which can be very costly.  If you wanted cold porcelain clay you can also make it yourself. The ingredients are found online and you may already have all the ingredients in your home. There are tutorials on You tube and many think that it’s easy to make. It is not. Although the ingredients are simple making the clay comes down to a specific science. There are many different types of recipes where the ingredients are slightly different making some better than others. Many people have tried making it and thought it was very easy but found that they failed at it because again there is a specific formula you must follow. If you decided to cook your clay, time makes a huge difference because if you over cook it you can destroy the clay and if you under cook it, it can be useless as well. Another issue people have is trying to color the clay. Some people use food coloring, markers, acrylic paints etc! but again if you don’t know the process of coloring you can ruin your clay. So because it’s not easy to make people rather buy it.  

There is one issue that people are having that I’ve noticed. Working with Cold porcelain clay is different from working with oven baked polymer clay. I once had someone leave feedback on my store regarding my clay and she wrote ” droops, cracks, doesn’t dry, shrinks”. Then she decided to put a plug in on my review for crayola clay. Needless to say I wasn’t pleased. However, I quickly realized that this person had NO IDEA how to work with cold porcelain clay. I’ve had professional artist buy my clay and give great reviews because they are professionals and know how to work with cold porcelain and has been working with it for years. But people trying it out for the first time expect the clay to react just as polymer clay. That is a big mistake on their part. Cold porcelain clay is different for many reasons. One distinctive difference in cold porcelain clay is the fact that it can be manipulated to be firm and fluid by changing it’s temperature. For example our cold porcelain clay formula by Stacie Laurell crafts) is a specially formulated one. 

If you buy a package and you feel the clay is too soft you can place the unopened package in the fridge for a few mins or hrs and it will get more firm. if you feel the clay is too firm you can place the unopened package into a bowl of hot tap water and it will start to soften. the longer you leave it in the hot water the softer it becomes. So you are able to manipulate the clay to the exact firmness or softness you would like. You can control the fluidity of the clay. That is an awesome benefit! but if someone were unaware that cold porcelain clay can do this they will most likely complain about the clay and call it “droopy” not knowing that they can change that themselves. Don’t expect for cold porcelain clay to be like polymer clay because it is not and to many it is actually better than polymer clay. Another complaint people may have is that the clay “cracks”. What they don’t know is that all clay crack if you do not condition it properly. You cannot pop your clay out of the package and just start making things with it. You must always condition your clay. What does it mean to condition your clay? it means to work the clay in your hands and warm it up. kneading the clay will get rid of air bubbles that causes cracking. With oven baked polymer clay you have to condition it or when you bake it, it will break easily and crack. conditioning your clay is important for all types of clay. Also you cannot leave your finished cold porcelain pieces exposed to a draft. if it dries too fast you will have cracks in your finished work.  Learning to work with Cold Porcelain Clay is a great benefit for you but you must learn to work with it in the right way in order for your art work to be successfully. 

To Purchase some cold porcelain clay visit my store  Stacielaurellcrafts.com

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3 thoughts on “Working with Cold Porcelain Clay The New Polymer Clay!

  1. This is cool stuff!!

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