Cold porcelain can be made at home, or purchased ready
to use on my webiste. See links at the bottom of this
page for tutorial on homemade cold porcelain, or link
to cart to purchase ready made.
1. Always keep the cold porcelain sealed in a completely
air tight bag. It is an air drying material, so must
be kept sealed. It can also be kept in a sealed bag
in the freezer.
2. Use of cold cream on your hands will help you in
working with the cold porcelain. Don't use too much,
just a bit is enough to keep the CP from sticking to
3. If your CP begins to get a bit stiff or slightly
dried out, you can add a bit of cold cream to reconstitute
and soften it up. Not too much, and just a bit at a
time, till the CP is workable and soft again.
4. If you make your own CP, and find that it is too
sticky, then additional corn starch added in small amounts
and worked in till the correct consistency will help.
Conversely, if it is too stiff, add a bit of cold cream.
5. Cold porcelain needs no baking, and will air dry
beautifully and quickly. Be sure to place your finished
pieces in a safe place while drying so that nothing
gets set on top of them... or to keep the cat from eating
6. You can create much thinner petals with CP than
with sculpey. They can be nearly translucent. Just make
sure that you use cold cream on your finger tips so
that you do not distort the shape of the petals after
flattening, and you can make them as thin as you want.
Here are three pieces of cold porcelain that
have already been colored.
The easiest way to get three coordinating colors
is to make the dark color first, then lighten
by adding white or in this case a bit of pale
yellow. Then take the second color and to part
of it, add more of a white color.
Cold porcelain is an air drying material, so
no baking is necessary. It is also more transparent
than polymer clays, so it is ideal for making
very fine, thin petaled flowers and such.
Start with a very small piece of your darkest
color cold porcelain. Roll into a small ball
and then flatten into a tiny oval as shown here.
Hint: Try making a few roses larger shen starting
out, to practice the technique, then move down
to the small size when you have the hang of
||Roll the oval from
one end to the other, forming the center of the
||Take another small
ball of cold porcelain (I'll call it CP from now
on) Flatten it out into a small pancake. You can
flatten with your fingers, or use a round toothpick
as shown here to flatten.
Place the circle around the outside of the
rose center as shown.
You will continue to make and add petals in
this manner till the rose is the appropriate
size. Try to keep the petals thin, and when
placing them. Keep the tops of the petals even
with the top of the rose center.
As you add each petal, you will slightly overlap
the previous petal.
Here is the rose center with three additional
petals. Notice how the petals overlap each other
After the center and the first one or two petals,
switch to the next lightest color of cold porcelain
for a couple of petals.
||My rose has a center
and six petals here. Notice how I have now used
all three shades of my CP, with the lightest shade
being used for the outermost petals.
Here my rose has 8 petals. Don't get too hung
up on counting, as each one you do will definitely
turn out different.
Notice that as I am adding petals to the outside
of the rose, I am gently folding the edges of
the petals down slightly?? You can do this gently
with your fingertip or use a toothpick to push
the edge down into a curved petal.
||Here is my finished
rose. It has a center and 12 petals all together,
beginning in the center with the darkest color
and gradiating to the outer petals with the middle
and then lightest shade. The entire width of this
rose is about 1/4" across the widest part.
Here is the rose next to a toothpick so you
have some idea of size.
You could also make your roses out of a single
color and then brush some of the petals with
powdered pastel chalks to give variation to
the colors of the inner or outer petals.
||To make a bud, all
you need to do is go back to the first step, for
the rose center. Make your oval a bit wider and
roll it from end to end. Here is a bud stuck on
the end of a pin.
||Now, make a bit of
green for leaves.
Then flatten the teardrop into a leaf. You
can curl the tip of the leaf up or down, or
curl the sides of the leaves up a bit for a
more interesting look.
Here are my five roses, three buds in assorted
sizes and a good quantity of leaves for use
on my project
Place the pieces in a safe place and allow
to air dry. Here in sunny California, overnight
is plenty of drying time, as these pieces are
so tiny and the petals are so thin.
The pieces will be fairly rigid when dry.
If necessary, when roses are completely dry,
use an xacto knife to flatten the bottom side
of the roses. (you only need to do this if they
have a long pointed shape to the bottom. If
you kept the bottom fairly flat or rounded when
you made the rose, then no trimming is necessary.
Beginners tend to make a long pointed bottom
at first, but it is easily trimmed away after
drying, so no worries.
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