Saturday, March 6, 2010

Tips for working with Craft Porcelain

Tips for working with Craft Porcelain from Linda Peterson.   She says:   "It's not a new medium, though it is maybe an unfamiliar one. I first introduced this air dry clay on The Carol Duvall show a couple of years ago. It is definately one of the shows that I would consider one of my 'hits'."

In that comment, Linda is referring to the commercially available Craft Porcelain (by Amaco) and not necessarily the homemade cold porcelain paste we've often referred to on this blog.   Products are very similar .... but I'm told by those who've used both products that there some difference in the handling characteristics between this brand and the homemade paste.   Around the world there are many other brands of cold porcelain commercially available at reasonable prices...but in USA, not so much.   Not yet, anyway!  ;-)

Linda goes on to say:    "Today I was again working with Craft Porcelain clay doing the designer thing in trying to 'stretch' its limits and see what you can mix in...and what you can't. I have several 'test' pieces lying on the workbench drying."   Click here to read more about her experiments.

Have you tried both Craft Porcelain and homemade cold porcelain?    Would you post a comment about your experience and give us your opinion?


  1. homemade cracks to much

  2. Too bad anonymous had a bad experience. Just like anything may take a little practice before you get it right! ;-)

  3. do not cook the corn starch in the micrwawe just the glue add the starch to the boiling glue and mix vigoresly until it forms a ball

  4. mary i have been experimenting whith sillicone caucking and it works well just it takes longer to dry

  5. To anonymous... Are you talking about the caulk used to seal tile & cracks in house walls or windows? Well, if it works for you, I guess that's your option. Sounds like a BAD solution for cracks to me! I would just use the Craft Porcelain itself. Make a paste & fill cracks with the same product. This applies to all air-dry-clay products. Example, for cracks in Creative Paperclay, just make a paste of Paperclay to fill the cracks. (In all cases, moisten the cured surface so new clay will stick.)

  6. hi i have added gellatin to the original recipe of cold porcelain and it works fantastic just it takes a little longer to dry

  7. There are 2 basic ways two MAKE "cold porcelin" but with both , u must mix your ingredients very well toa consistency i.e. (store bought tub frostine microwaved for 30-50 sec on med. It should look like a Thicken cream, if u choose to "cook"it over the stove-top, U MUST B very careful,& mustCONSTANTLY stir the mixture(w/a wooden flat spoon,in a non-stick 4-6 qt, or 10" skilletdedicated for crafts ALONE) as the mixture "cooks" u will find that it will coagulate (the heat will absorb the moisture) & it will start to form from a sticky towards a soft dough). This is accomplished by spreading and streaching the sticky dough on the non-stick container(pot or skillet). U will also find that the sections of mixture which were sticking to the sides will easily attach themselves to the dough as U streach it out. Oh & another thing, as the mixture coagulates from an opaque white creamy(thick heavy whiped cream) it will almost look transparent. This was taught to me by my Great-Grandmama, in the "old-country" There is only one other way I know how to make this recipe & that's by microwave! Let me know if u would like those tips oh, & the recipe 4 the "homemade porcelain"


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