Why Cold Porcelain Artist use cold Porcelain Clay Instead of Polymer Clay

get-attachment (87)Lots of cake topper artist and sculpting artist prefer Cold Porcelain over polymer clay and if you’re wondering why here are a few reasons:

Cold Porcelain clay requires less conditioning and does not take a long time to knead-This is because cold porcelain isn’t as firm and hard as polymer clay. I remember a time when i wanted to make some jewelry beads and decided to use polymer clay. By the time i was done kneading and conditioning the clay my fingers were on fire. Now I know i’m going to catch a lot of grief by the avid polymer clay lovers out there but truth is, cold porcelain clay is easier on the hands than polymer clay.  Some brands of polymer clay is a bit softer than others but even over time all brands of polymer clay gets really hard and stiff sometimes even as hard as a rock.

Cold Porcelain can be made in larger quantities-  

If you figured out the right formula, most artist can make their own cold porcelain clay and in large quantities larger than what polymer clay offers.   holds really great details and if you mess up you can just smooth out the clay and start over again. It can also be made into fine delicate pieces, allowing the artist to make delicate leaves and petals.FotorCreatedgh

Cold Porcelain clay is non toxic- 

Some people (especially) polymer clay lovers will argue that there is no proof that polymer clay is toxic.  Well, have you ever accidentally burned polymer clay? the smell alone may very well knock you out.  It’s strong and pungent and burns both your eyes and throat.  Even so, many still argue that polymer clay is not toxic. Well since cold porcelain clay is made with natural ingredients (typically) many cake topping artist prefer to use cold porcelain clay because their artwork comes in contact with food mostly.

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How to Soften Polymer Clay

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I used to use polymer clay and I used it for everything.  Till the day I stumbled upon Cold Porcelain Clay instead.  I was fascinated by the history of porcelain clay and where it originated from. This clay is very popular over seas. It is not widely sold in the U.S so in order to get some you would have to find a seller online or learn to make it yourself. Well i decided to learn to make it myself and when i found my own secret formula I started to sell it. However there are times when i have tried to reintroduce polymer clay back into my life but was met with failure and here’s why. Polymer clay is HARD. It’s very stiff and you would have to knead the clay in your hands before using it. I have tried looking up every way to soften polymer clay and found some not so successful suggestions. I’ve read you should microwave the clay for 30 secs .. well that didn’t work.., next was dip clay in boiling water.. that didn’t work very well either and the next one was place in hot oven with the oven off. Needless to say, that didn’t work either. I did however tried Stacie Laurell Crafts Polymer clay and mixed equal parts with polymer clay and it did soften the clay. I even baked the two together and it was fine. So i discovered that Stacie Laurell Crafts Porcelain clay can be mixed with polymer clay and baked.
Although polymer clay is a great clay, i do believe that people who may have nerve damage, arthritis, or people who just don’t want to spend all that energy trying to soften polymer clay that cold porcelain clay is a better choice. It’s soft, pliable, easy to work with and if it gets hard, Stacie Laurell Crafts Clay conditioning lotion gets the clay right back to it’s original state. But for those who love polymer clay please note that there is always room for an alternative in your heart :)
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How to Make Professional Jewelry Beads With Cold Porcelain Clay

Many lamp work bead artists use glass to make their beautiful bead creations but did you know that you can make gorgeous handmade beads with cold porcelain clay?
Here is a quick tutorial on how to make gorgeous handmade beads with cold porcelain clay.
First choose the colors you would like to work with. I love mixing bright colors with metallic or gold colors for a special kind of pop. First make sure to condition each color of clay properly to eliminate air bubbles and to reduce cracking. To condition your clay means to knead it or work the clay with your hands. Some people use a pasta machine to help flatten and knead the clay but only do this if the clay is firm because if the clay is very soft it may get stuck in the machine.
Next you can take a piece of clay and start rolling it into a ball. You can also take two small pieces of clay and lightly mix them together to get a color swirl. Once you’re done getting a very nice round shape you can place the ball of clay on a piece of foil to dry. Some artist may create the hold in the bead before it dries but sometimes it’s best to do it when it is half dried just to prevent distorting the bead. Once the bead is half dried and you make the hole that you want you can let it finish drying.
When it has fully dried you can sand paint or varnish the bead. You can also add embelishments to your bead to get the lamp work effect on your beads.  After you’ve painted or added any thing you desire you can next varnish your bead with a waterproof varnish and or gloss and let dry. When finished not only is your bead durable but also very gorgeous and can be used to make some of the most gorgeous pieces of jewelry.  If you are a professional bead maker who makes lots of beads at a time and can’t wait for cold porcelain clay to dry you can purchase a dehydrator.  This will allow you to dry a large amount of beads in a faster time. you can also dry larger clay pieces in the dehydrator and leave it running overnight. It works great.  The great advantage in using cold porcelain clay to make beads is that cold porcelain clay can immatate just about any kind of medium. it can look like glass, ceramic, porcelain plastic, metal and more! If you can’t afford glass lamp work beads you can make your own faux glass lamp work beads with cold porcelain clay. I sure hope this mini info tutorial helps with your many bead creation. To check out our clay and other craft items you can visit us at
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The Difference Between Cold Porcelain And Other Air Dry Clay

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Many People still don’t know about cold porcelain clay. It’s a clay that originally came from Argentina.  It is very popular over there and sometimes can be expensive.  The only way to get cold porcelain clay is to have it imported from Argentina, but it on the internet or make it yourself. Although the ingredients are easy to find and the process sounds easy. It really isn’t that easy to make yourself and you may end up wasting money trying to get the formula correct. If you are determined to make it yourself though just remember practice makes perfect. There are lots of different versions of the recipe online and  you can try them all to see which one is best for you and your needs.
There are quite a few different types of air drying clay on the market in stores and a few good recipes online. However there is a difference between cold porcelain and other air drying clay. Most air dry clay are porous making the texture a bit rough where as cold porcelain clay has a smooth finish when dried. In fact that is how they got the name cold porcelain because it looks like porcelain when dried.

Another distinctive different between cold porcelain and other air dry clay is the hardness and durability when dried.  Cold Porcelain gets very hard when dried. So hard it’s as if it was fired in a kiln. This is why many people use this clay for things like ceramic repairs, sculpting and modeling, cake toppers, Jewelry & Jewelry beads and more!. Cold porcelain can also be made into thin pieces without breaking. This gives many artist the ability to make delicate leaves and petals for artificial floral arrangements.
Cold Porcelain clay can be used for play as well as professional use and the greatest part of cold porcelain is that it’s non toxic. No ingredients that you cannot pronounced are added. But again remember that there are many different versions of the recipe online so be aware of some of the recipes that people put dangerous chemicals in.  Typically the recipe calls for no harsh toxic chemicals. Stacie Laurell Crafts Clay are made with all natural and non toxic ingredients.  If you haven’t tried cold porcelain clay yet you are truly missing out! 
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