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.
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