Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Making Your Own Homemade No-Cook Cold Porcelain

Most of the mini-figs I create and feature on the site are made with cold porcelain. It is a great alternative to polymer clay because the ingredients are inexpensive, readily accessible, and require no baking/cooking. There are a number of trade-offs, but I'll get to that in a future article. For now, the affordability makes it worth trying out, especially if you're just starting out.

With that out of the way, if you want to try your hand at whipping up a batch of DIY cold porcelain, you can follow the step by step instructions below:

1. First, you need to gather the ingredients. As mentioned above, these are all inexpensive and readily accessible (in fact, there's a huge possibility that you already have them in your kitchen):

  • 130grams white glue, 2-3 cups corn starch, 
  • 5 tablespoon mineral oil/baby oil, 
  • 4 tablespoon lime, juice/white vinegar, 
  • cling film/zip lock bag
Once you've prepared the ingredients, you can start:


2. prepare the cling film, put oil on the surface for later


3. pour cornstarch in the bowl.

4. add glue.

5. add oil.

6. pour vinegar.

7. mix. add more cornstarch if the mixture is too soft.

8. put oil on hands to prevent the mixture from sticking.

9. knead for about 5 minutes or until free of lumps.

10. the cold porcelain is ready when the right consistency is reached.
(should be gooey)

11. form into a ball.

12. wrap it up in the cling film, or
store it inside the zip lock bag,
make sure to wrap it tightly,
and keep the container sealed air tight

You can use it immediately or let it sit for about 24 hours for better result. If the cold porcelain hardens a little, just add a bit of oil into the mixture.

There you have it, your very own DIY cold porcelain, ready for sculpting/molding. For the next article, I'll walk you through creating a mini-figurine using cold porcelain, from the molding/sculpting all the way to painting and sealing.

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