Here is a quick and simple way to make non toxic air dry clay with your kids. Here’s what you will need:
Food Coloring (optional)
First get a sauce pan and fill it with 1 cup of cornstarch
Next, add 1 1/4 cup of baking soda
Then add 2 cups of water
Turn the oven on to low heat and start stirring the mixture. You will have to keep stirring the mixture until it starts to thickens. It will take anywhere from 5 to 10 mins. You can add food coloring while you are stirring to color your clay or you can leave it to be colored later with acrylic paint by your kids. When the mixture starts to thicken you can wait till it starts to look like slightly done mashed potatoes and then you can remove it from the fire. You may want to keep stirring if you would like for the consistency to be very thick.
You can make all sorts of awesome projects with your clay and it’s non toxic. You can make Christmas ornaments, earrings, necklaces, picture frames, flowers, and much much!. Great for any art project and air dries your kids will love making clay with you and you can be at ease knowing it’s safe and free of toxins 🙂
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Working with cold porcelain clay can be a lot of fun! Whether it’s a project with your kids or creating beautiful art for your hobby or craft business, working with cold porcelain has endless possibilities. Many people have asked the questions ” can I color my cold porcelain air dry clay? and the answer is yes of course! Here are some great tips and techniques for coloring cold porcelain clay!
- Acrylic Paints– Acrylic paints are great for coloring cold porcelain clay. This clay can be painted when dried and holds the colors really well. Because this is not a porous clay, acrylic paints works great with cold porcelain. Paint can be applied with paint brushes or art sponges.
- Powder acrylic paints– Powder acrylic paints are great for coloring cold porcelain. One of the advantages of using powered acrylics as oppose to liquid acrylics is that you can increase or decrease the intensity of the color by adding more or less water. You can manipulate the colors more with powder acrylics. Also, because you have to add water to mix the paint, you can make the paint into a paste and create different cool textures on your finished clay pieces.
- Permanent Markers– Some people have used this technique to color their cold porcelain clay but you would have to rub a large amount of the marker onto the clay (before it has dried) in order to intensify the color. This technique works well with young kids if you don’t want them to get too messy with acrylic paints. Be sure to use washable markers for children as they work well too and are as stated , washable 🙂 I would recommend using markers for children but not for professional use.
- Liquid food coloring– Food coloring is another way you can color cold porcelain clay. This method however can get quite messy and again you would have to use a large amount to intensify the color of your clay. This method is good for tinting your clay rather than really coloring it.
- Alcohol inks- Alcohol inks are great because you can use your imagination and create interesting color patterns to your clay. You can use it before the clay has dried and after. Alcohol inks are great for tinting your clay for pastel colors or for translucent colors. All you need to do is drop a few drops or more onto your clay and then working the color in with your hands. Alcohol inks will not give you rich colors when used but it tints your clay really well.
- Fabric dyes– I just love fabric dyes. They have rich intense color! You can add fabric dyes before and after the clay has been dried. If you choose to use the dye after the clay has been dried, you can apply it with a brush and the dye will stain the clay. This can get messy if not done properly so wear gloves and spread some newspaper down or an old blanket to help minimize the “clean up”. Fabric dyes come in a variety of colors and also comes in powder form as well as liquid.
- Clay- With Stacie Laurell Cold Porcelain Clay, you can color your clay with clay! that’s right, our clay can be mixed with other clay colors we carry in order to color your clay. Our colors blend beautifully allowing you to create your own unique colors and shades! To intensify color, use more colored clay. You can create hundreds of colors just by mixing different color clay together.
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There are so many useful things that can be made with cold porcelain clay. You can make anything from household items to art projects with your kids but here are a few ideas for using cold porcelain at home.
- Jewelry– Cold Porcelain clay is great for making jewelry. You can make gorgeous one of a kind earrings to necklaces even rings. Bangles are in this season. You can make your own bangles with cold porcelain. Here’s a easy tutorial. Take one or two different colors of clay and slightly mix them together. Roll it into a ball and then roll it out into a snake about 9 inches long. Form into a semi circle or you can make it connect or over lap. Leave on a dry surface to dry. Once dried you can paint it, add swaroski crystals or sand it. Then varnish it and you have a nice bangle.
- Kitchen Cabinet Knobs– What? Kitchen Cabinet Knobs? Yup that’s right!. If you want to upgrade your kitchen you can get really creative and make your own cabinet knobs. You can make color patterns with your clay and place it over your existing knobs or you can form the knob yourself and add it to your cabinet. It can be painted, sanded and varnished.This is also great for cabinets that aren’t functional and are just for show. If you have no idea how to make knobs no worries. You can Youtube it to get great video tutorials. This is not only fun but you will save money with do it yourself projects.
- Christmas Tree Ornaments– Oh my Gosh! it is so much fun to make memories by making Christmas tree ornaments with your kids. Make sure to have your cold porcelain clay in many different colors or the two colors you would like. You can make great ornaments with polymer clay molds, silicone molds or by scratch. You can make miniature Christmas trees, snow mans, Santa’s angels and more! Also if you want to make round hanging Christmas ornaments you can start off by forming a ball out of foil paper. Once you’ve formed a nice round ( as round as you can make it) ball you can then add the cold porcelain clay over it, let dry and then paint. it’s easy fun and makes for great decorations.
- Fixed chipped or cracked porcelain or figurines– If you have a cracked porcelain or ceramic cup plate you can fix it by using cold porcelain clay. Hopefully these are collectables and you are not using these cups and plates for eating and drinking. However if you are there are precautions you must take in order to do so. But right now we will talk about how to fix collectables or China that is for display only. You can take a piece of clay depending on the amount you need and use it to fix a crack or chip. First make sure to clean the area that you plan to fix with soap and water and make sure it is dried throughly. Remove all dirt and debre for maximum results. Next, take the piece of clay you plan on using and patch the hole or crack. Leave it alone to let dry. This is not for the impatient so make sure you leave it alone to dry thoroughly and properly. You make have to add more layers of clay but use your own judgement. After it is completely dried you can sand and varnish the newly patched piece. Next add a gloss varnish. You can add one that is waterproof if you’d like. It may also be a good idea to use one that is specifically for ceramic use. Once you let it dry it should be good as new.
- Make miniature bowls, pen holders & paperweights– A few years ago i made several small bowls that i now use on my desk to store my arts n crafts needs. I once read that you cannot make bowls with cold porcelain clay and they were wrong. I suppose what they meant was you shouldn’t make bowls that will be used to hold water because cold porcelain clay melts. Again that isn’t entirely true. In fact if you want to make cold porcelain bowls and cups that you would like to use there are precautions that you must take but i think it can be done but for now we’re talking about making bowls for functional use. I’ve made some very sturdy and durable and functional bowls and cups. To make a functional bowl first start off with firm cold porcelain clay. (please note: Stacie Laurell is the only clay that can be manipulated to be either firm or soft because of our specially formulated formula 🙂 Next, roll your clay (a good size) into a ball. stick your thumb in the center of the ball. start rotating the ball in your hand while trying to even out the walls of the ball. This is the starting process of making a pinch pot. Pinch pots are fairly easy to make. If you don’t know how to make a pinch pot and need more of a visual guidance you can youtube how to make a pinch pot. My bowls does a great job in holding my art supplies and storing such things as beads, clips, charms and more!.
Thank you for taking the time to read my guide and i sure hope it was helpful in teaching you more about cold porcelain clay! http://stores.ebay.com/Stacie-Laurell-Crafts