How to make your own air dried porcelain with common household ingredients

Anything that is quick, affordable and makes beautiful things is a craft winner for me.  But…I often find myself uninspired for something new and different.

I’ve found it in air dried porcelain (aka Porcelana Fria).

What will someone make with

  • 3 cups of white glue (PVA)
  • 3 cups of cornstarch (Corn flour)
  • one tablespoon of white vinegar
  • one tablespoon of glycerin (health food or hobby shop), and
  • 2 tablespoons of canola oil?

The beautiful mouse and necklace pictured (compliments of Espirit) is the answer! There’s more fantastic ideas on the site of the woman who’s recipe I have used: Libreria Andrea

Amazingly simple and a GREAT school holiday project, get the kids into the kitchen to cook up some home made, air dried, porcelain.

Let’s make it:

cold porcelain recipe In a mixing bowl (or non-stick pan) mix 3 cups of white glue and 3 cups of cornstarch. Add one tablespoon of white vinegar, one tablespoon of glycerin, 2 tablespoons of canola oil. Blend thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Heat in a microwave oven or in a saucepan on the stove.

For microwave heating: Cook in a microwave-compatible recipient for 2 to 3 minutes on high (for a 800W oven; longer for a less powerful oven). Stop every 30 seconds to mix. During the last 30 seconds, stop every 10 seconds to check the consistency of the mixture. As soon as the dough becomes thick and lumpy (like ricotta cheese), remove from the oven.

Stove top: Cook in a saucepan over low heat for about 15 minutes. Stir with a wooden spoon. As soon as the dough becomes thick and lumpy (like ricotta cheese) and starts to pull away from the side of the pan, remove from heat.

Cooking is the only tricky step to making cold porcelain. You need to cook just long enough to thicken the dough but not too long, otherwise it will be too hard and impossible to work with.

Coat your working surface and your hands with cold cream or hand cream. Knead the dough until it has cooled. It can be quite hot to begin with, so take care. The dough is sticky and lumpy at first, but as you knead it, it becomes smooth and supple. Make a large ball and store it in an airtight container for 24 hours before using it.

This one’s a big thumbs up from me. I can feel some air dried porcelain Christmas decorations coming up.

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Comments

  1. Hi- would this work on repairing a ceramic lamp? I found one at a thrift store that is missing a piece around the base. It is such a nice piece, I just knew it could be recycled. I just don’t know what to use.Thanks!

    • Hi LaDonna
      I would think that yes, you could use this recipe to both make the piece and help attach the piece to the lamp base. However, the attaching will depend on the surface of the lamp and whether it is porous enough to allow this mix to stick to it. We would love to hear your results. Mxxx

  2. When I saw this I had the same thoughts as Tommy did. “Uhhh, could you really call this porcelain??”. I think it’s misleading.

    Although.. to say it’s an insult to ceramics artists is seriously ridiculous and pompous beyond belief. But hey… a lot of artists think they are some almighty god, easily scorned by the pitiful lowlifes called “humans”.

    Great way to market your stuff, by telling the whole world you’re a self centered @$$.

  3. I found the comments very entertaining. I am a flower pot artist and have been for 20 years!
    I use a purchased product called ‘paper clay’ which is also air dried. I wet it slightly, roll it out and create the form I want then add it directly to the clay pot. It would be much more affordable for me to make my own porcelain to apply directly to the pot. My question is; is it possible to use the homemade porcelain in the same way as the paper clay? I would really appreciate it if someone could respond. Thanks…

    • Hi, yes you can use it to decorate a ceramic pot, add a bit of sorbitol syrup to the mix, about 15-20g, to aid in plasticity. Then you would have to buy some cascamite, that’s powdered resin glue, add water and a bit of glycerine for brushability, coat your cold porcelain with it, two coats. You should be fine. Fill in any cracks with a mix of pva, cold porcelain, liquid starch and boiled linseed oil before coating, let it all cure before using the cascamite.

  4. How much does this make, do you know? :) Like when it’s in a ball, how many inches around is it do you think?

    • A fellow artist says:

      I made this and it turned out great! My ball of clay was about 14 inches around. Good luck!

  5. Has anyone used this to make a memory jug/jar? I was wondering how much it shrinks and if it would be sturdy enough to hold all the bits and pieces in place. A lot of memory jug instructions say to use air dry clay, and this sounded so similar that I thought PERFECT! but I’m afraid it’s too good to be true………..?

  6. Help! I tried to make this and followed the instructions explicitly, but I ended up with a terrible mess that took a long time to clean up. I don’t know if I did something wrong, but when I was kneading the “dough,” suddenly it turned into a sticky gloppy mess! I thought maybe I didn’t knead it long enough, so I continued for 10 minutes or so and it only got worse! Perhaps I didn’t cook it long enough (it got thick and started pulling away from the sides of the pan) or maybe it only needs to be kneaded just long enough to form a ball? I was kneading it until it cooled to room temp, which is just about when things went wrong. Any idea what could have gone wrong?

    • Ok, I tried it again with the microwave. I was thinking maybe I didn’t let it “cook” long enough and I had nothing to lose. Well, voila! It was an entirely different beast! There was a clear difference between the “is-it-done-yet?” stage and “yes-it’s-done” stage! Plus, I only kneaded it long enough to form a ball and threw it in the ‘fridge. Hope that does the trick! I will be very happy if I can supply this dough for 90+ kids to make a craft at VBS in July. Buying the “real” stuff doesn’t fit into my budget, but this does!

    • This happen to me too!

  7. Have used a recipe similar to this many time to make ornaments with the kids for gifts. Can’t wait to try this with vinegar, oil, & glycerin added to see if it is more “shiny” than my recipe. One hint, I usually make it on the stove top because the instructions I had said to cook to the consistency of mashed potatoes and that happens quickly. It also kneads better if you let it dry for about 5 minutes. Thought this might be helpful. I have been thinking about using this medium to make beads. Can’t wait to try this recipe for this project.

  8. I am a porcelian artist, I think this is a great idea, one that is an alternative to using a kiln. Sounds like to me if people like this, maybe they would attempt porcelian art. Find a teacher in your area by contacting IPAT.com You will find info about porcelian. Have Fun no matter what you try.

  9. I was just wondering what kind of glue you used? Is Elmer’s PVA? I’m a teacher so I have a TON of it, but I wanted to make sure it was O.K. to use since it has other things in it like cornstarch, etc. I’m sure someone has already asked this, but there are so many comments, lol! Thanks!

    Sara

  10. Thanks for sharing your recipe for the porcelain. I was stumped as to what to use to make a hand for a statue of Mary from my church and had used clay but I was not able to bake it. The recipe worked great and was just right for my hand. Thanks again.

  11. I want to make a homemade porcelain bowl. What type of form should I use. I am worried the porcelain will adhere to the form. Is this a valid concern or will it just pop out?

    I am so excited to try this!

    • Susan Baxter says:

      you can us a bowl, form your bowl on the inside of a glass bowl lined with plastic wrap. Im not sure the cornstarch clay would be sturdy enough to hold up as a bowl and it couldnt be washed or gotten wet at all.

  12. Thank you so much for this amazing idea! Love that you shared this and cannot wait to try it. Hope you will overlook the pitiful comments from those unhappy people that are so insecure in themselves that they feel the need to try and tear others down. Thank you again.

  13. Dot Libertore says:

    I use to make porcelain roses about 35 years ago. They were beautiful, and never broke or cracked. If I remember correctly, it was white bread and glue..I still have some in a bouquet! I added pink food coloring to the bread mix…

  14. I have made this twice this week and both times it has cracked as it has dried. I am wondering what i am doing wrongly?
    I used babyoil and lemon juice as substitutes … has this affected the concsistency?

    • Susan Baxter says:

      Lemon juice isnt going to do it any good. Glycerin isnt expensive and you should be able to find it at most any pharmacy, its used in hand lotions and such.

  15. Thank you so much for this great tutorial! I can’t wait to try this and see what we can create out of the air dry porcelain. I have included this in my weekly roundup of useful blogs at http://www.doomestic.com Thanks again!!
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  16. crystal says:

    What kind of paint do you use on it? Do you have to coat it with a finish?do you paint when its wet or dry? I only used clay in pottery class in school and out teacher fired everything in a kiln. This sounds really fun and good I idea using cookie cutters to get clean shapes:-)

    • Susan Baxter says:

      Paint with acrylic craft paints when dry. I think you might have trouble with large objects cracking but small ones should be fine. The cookie cutters for shapes is fine. put a hole in the top for hanging before it dries. I use a thin soda straw to make those holes when im cutting them out.

  17. thanks for the idea. maybe i can use this with my job as an artist. i am a mural artist. i think this will give me a great change in my creations.i am surely gonna try this with my concepts.

  18. Well .. Here in Brazil we call this hand made technics of “biscuit”. For us the porcelain is made ??from kaolin + quartz + feldspar industrial.

  19. I am not sure if my first comment made it ? I am a full time artist. Started after Art School throwing porcelin and stoneware. Color is my passion, so I moved to glass making about 8-9 yrs ago. I think this is a great idea !! People with no access to a kiln etc. Hostess gifts/teachers thankyou…..without the expense of the ‘real’ thing ! I’m going to give it a try !!! BRAVO !

  20. I think I might have typed my website incorrectly. Still love the idea !!

  21. this is something I never knew about & HOPE to try it soon!! thank you!!

  22. Hi
    Can anyone please specify how long the air drying process takes? We ve a kids craft gathering coming weekend and I am looking or a quick dry option (30 min’ish…..)
    Thank you

    • Hi Miflezet, I don’t think it will be suitable for your needs. The air drying process can take a while…..at the very least over night in a dry and warm environment. I know this will be disappointing but better to know before you start the activity.

    • Susan Baxter says:

      could be a couple of hours, according to the temps and humidity.

  23. Just found this recipe and tried a variation on this recipe. I used clear glue and tried white the clear made for a much smoother product with way less kneeding and additional cornstarch. I also used real(not bottled) lemon juice and baby oil after trying the glycerine and vinegar same object just different base.Ifound the thinner the material is rolled it can curl but a a book covered in foil seemed to keep that under control. I found the thinner rolled product when tea or coffee stained looks like hand made paper or parchment. I have made over 6 batches now and love the results. Am having a blast with this and wish all luck.Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks for this variation! Can’t wait to try.

    • I like the baby oil and lemon juice variation, by reading your post, did you use lemon juice instead of glycerin or vinegar and same question for the baby oil. Was it substituted for the canola oil, vinegar or glycerin? Thanks!

  24. love your porcelain clay recipe :) I am hoping it might help repair a cracked lamp base I have :/ willing to give it a try. :D

    • Susan Baxter says:

      Another recipe which makes small batches and is simpler. One slice white bread, peel off crusts, crumble into small bowl , Day old bread actually works better so lay out your slice before you go to bed if you wish. add one Level Tablespoon of Aileens Tacky glue. wipe the glue out of the spoon to make sure you got it all. stir with old popsicle stick till it starts to ball up , put a little bit of cold cream on your hands ( like cold cream for your face) then take every little bit of the dough out of the bowl and start rolling it in your hands, and kneeding till its smooth and elastic. If you want to color it, add a little acrylic craft paint along with the glue. Store in zip lock bag between uses as it drys fast. No cooking at all required. This was huge in the 70s and 80s and called bread dough . Each batch is small but this way it wont dry out and go to waste and a tablespoon of glue is less of a loss if you didnt like it than 3 cups is. These days 3 cups of elmers glue would be kind of expensive if it was a flop. You can use the sculpey idea books for things to make as long as they are fairly small. Im not sure how it would be for adult jewelry but I’m sure little kids wouldnt mind wearing a bread dough goldfish around their necks. Just enjoy. Thats what crafting is about.

      • can you please email me this. I have so many things that I would love to try with this… Thank you so much

  25. Hi there! How long does the finished product have to air for before I can start handling it?

  26. Oops sorry Megan, i made those reply posts before i got to your post on the matter.

  27. Threadbare says:

    Once dry can you get it wet? Clean it and such? Use it for tea? Just wondering.

    • Hello Threadbare
      if you use the right finish you can use liquids on the products. I have used an eco varnish to completely seal products and they survive beautifully in washing up water so I can only imagine that to make a cup and drink from would also be fine. Just make sure the sealer you are using is non-toxic. I use an eco-varnish.

  28. These comments below really do make me chuckle. I guess some people will always be “art snobs”. Shouldn’t we be happy that both adults and children are interested in exploring their creativity and imagination. I mean…it’s truly sad that the arts are one of the first programs to be cut in schools. Be happy they are doing this and not on the streets creating mayhem.

  29. thanks for sharing! would like to try by this weekend!!
    Yeah!

  30. I have a 1000W oven and did not need as much time to cook, but I was glad to discover when the clay began to cool and harden, I could re-heat it to get it malleable again. Note: my last few pieces were more translucent and yellow, perhaps from over-cooking.

  31. i was wondering if this type of homemade porcelain would be safe to make a tobacco pipe out of?
    like, if it would be unsafe to smoke out of?
    thaks!

  32. Does anyone know what type paint works best? Thanks

  33. Juliana Addison says:

    This is great!! I too am a ceramic artist, but in no way shape or form do i find this “porcelain” offensive!! Geez! I’ve been looking for a good clay to work with for smaller projects at home since i’m newly relocated and don’t have use of a kiln right now. So thank you! This is great!!

  34. Thank you very much for the compliment, and the reference to my personal website. I would love to help the people who speak English, but is a bit difficult for me. Currently I am working for my site has content in English and Spanish.
    Sincerely Andrea

  35. Can this be baked in the oven to speed up the drying process. Would love to do with grand-kids this weekend.

  36. I have no idea what watt my microwave is but I stirred it one time at 30 seconds and then the next 30 seconds it was this stiff clump of uselessness. I was a dope and used the last of my white glue too. I was really looking forward to this working.

    • Try to do 15 second intervals next time. My cold porcelain finished in 45-55 seconds. When the cold porcelain seems like its almost done, do 5 second intervals. You could always buy cold porcelain in a crafts store, which would save time, usually for about $13. Either way, I think making your own batch is cheaper, since glue isn’t that expensive as the store bought cold porcelain.

  37. Just wanted to say thanks for the great recipe for the clay. I run maker’s workshops for kids and they had a great time experimenting and creating. I made it the night before and did have a few moments of sticky panic, but after kneading it and letting it cool off a bit, it turned out great. Stored in a zip lock bag and it was perfect for the next day for the kids. Will be posting your link on our blog! Cheers Kim

  38. this sounds so cool! i’m 10 and wondering if i could make a small, four pocket bank. would this work or would it fall apart while drying?

    • i think it would work if you constructed it correctly. you should make your flat parts first and let them dry. then put them together using a fresh batch of set stuff. then you can clamp it some since part of your project will be dry.

  39. I have totally enjoyed reading through the comments above…and I have had a good laugh, too. It just cracked me up to see some of the comments and then the reactions posted by others. A bright spot in my day today. I am looking forward to using this recipe in the near future, now that I know some of the pro’s and con’s. :)

  40. Tommy Warf says:

    This is a great idea but this is far from porcelain, as a ceramic artist myself you really need to learn what these words mean first.
    porcelain [?p??sl?n -le?n ?p??s?-]
    n
    1. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Ceramics) a more or less translucent ceramic material, the principal ingredients being kaolin and petuntse (hard paste) or other clays, ground glassy substances, soapstone, bone ash, etc.

    So what you are making is fun but I think its very disrespectful of ceramic artists to call this porcelain

    • It’s called this because of it’s appearance, it isn’t disrespectful, it’s just a name and it’s been the standard name for some time

      comes in quite handy for miniatures btw, which is why I specifically was looking for such a recipe :)

      • This is not porcelain. Period. Calling is porcelain or clay is misleading. It is like saying a bicycle is the same as a race car.

        • this is a craft idea, easy at home for everyone. I TOO am a ceramic artist and I think you need to get a life and stop being so worried about disrespect. period. I still call my cat a kitten, but wait! he’s not a kitten! that would be like calling a bicycle a racecar, he is in fact a Cat, an adult cat. but hey! who cares, lets make a cup of tea and have a little fun craft time why don’t we?

          • @numa…I had to comment and say your message made me chuckle. :) “but wait!” lol

          • Wow, you really are a snob! I am pleased that someone is able to come up with ideas for people like us who just enjoy creating for our own pleasure. Who cares what it is called.

          • You go girl!! Love it! I stumbled upon this recipe for “porcelain”. And it looks to be great fun!!

    • I am a glass artist and have been for ten years. When someone does the faux stained glass I do not get my nose out of joint. This is not something that would ever interfere with “real” ceramics. No one is disrespecting what you do. I would think you would not feel threatened by people doing “faux” ceramics..just saying

    • Seriously, if anyone is being disrespectful, it’s you, Tommy. How friggin rude.

    • I had the same thought as Tommy as I read this. I am an art teacher in WV and ironically, I knew of Tommy when I was doing my undergrad work at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. During my ceramics class I would often see him working for his Masters in Ceramics. Small world!!! I also disagree with calling this dough using the term, porcelain. Perhaps it should be called Faux Porcelain.

      • How about we just keep quiet if we have something negative to say, alright? I think this is a great craft. To debate over calling it ‘porcelain’ or ‘faux porcelain’ is silly.

        Let’s get to crafting!

        • Yeah! Mama used to tell us if you cant say something nice, don’t say anything at all. I suppose, regardless of how unutterably annoying I find nitpickers, I should follow Mama’s admonition, and just be glad that I am not such a nitpicker as some arteests find themselves! I am going to go right now to make some PORCELAIN, and call it chocolate! Oh, that will REALLY freak you whiners out! haha! heehe. Good luck with your stress behaviors. May your PORCELAIN always turn out perfectly!

    • Tommy, get over yourself. Being an ‘artist’ doesn’t mean you get to be so rude. Why are you so threatened by the average crafter?

    • Get over yourself Tommy lol.

    • It’s artists like you who give the rest of us a bad name. Get over yourself.

    • Are you KIDDING ME? Always a naysayer in the crowd. So many types of artforms.. I didn’t see anywhere where this person was trying to pretend to make anything other than airdried porcelain at home. Yeah what Becki says.. get over yourself.

    • I am 60 yrs old, went to Art School after highschool, worked throwing porcelin and stoneware. My passion is color and switched to glass making about 9yrs ago. All this to say, I am going to try this ! Sometimes you just want a fun little hostess gift, or something for the teacher, without putting in the time or expense of the ‘real’ thing. What a great way for people without access to kilns and such to get creative ! I’m going to give it a try and expect to have some fun…….BRAVO !

    • I’m sorry this person is so insecure in her art. Real artists are secure enough in their talents to share with and encourage other artists. We all have the same desire – to create from our hearts. There are as many different levels of proficiency as there are artists and it is with the support of other artists that we grow. We should all support each other – not run each other down.

  41. Hi!! Love this, however I did have a huge freak out moment when all the dough was sticking to my hand and I totally thought I was going to be stuck like this forever!!!! However, being the fondant girl that I am, I just added a bit more corn starch as I was kneading and all my fears were wiped away. It did nothing to hurt the outcome just the initial kneading… Using the lotion just made it more sticky and harder to work with, so just a small pointer for future reference :-)

    • I agree, I had to use cornstarch and knead because the lotion made it more sticky. I used cookie cutters and waiting for them to dry now. Can’t wait to try with my class.

  42. I have a few questions before I make the dough. 1) How thin/thick should I roll it out? 2) Will it shrink when it dries? 3) How long will it take to dry?
    Thanks everyone :)

    • Hi Barb, the thickness really depends on what you want to make. I have seen thin signs made from this mix and then there’s the thicker lumps like in the above pics. The drying time of course depends on the thickness but leave a few days for it to completely dry if it is a thick project. It doesn’t shrink but if not kneaded correctly it will curl around the edges of a thin project. Big tip: use baby oil as someone here has suggested. That makes a world of difference. Hope this helps. Please read al of the comments because some people have come up with some excellent ideas and tips. Megan Bayliss

  43. Totally gonna try this! I want something to make ornaments and keepsakes with my dogs paw prints. Thanks so much!

    • Erin, I am glad to see we have the same idea! I am also wanting to do my dogs paw prints, but for Christmas tree ornaments. I am anxious to try this recipe! Thank You for sharing this Andrea! I think it is great to try new things from materials readily available!

  44. I love this idea, I wish I knew about it when my kids were younger they would have enjoyed using it. Anyway I have pinned this to Pinterest to help spread the word.

  45. I just made this clay and it turned out fabulous. I only cooked it for one minute in the microwave as our microwave tends to cook things faster than directed, and I made 1/3 of the amount the recipe makes. I have noticed quite a few comments about the sticky consistency after cooking. When I was kneading it at first it was super sticky and I honestly thought I had ruined it, but after a few minutes it had a great consistency. it is possible that if it is too sticky when you make it then it will turn out after a bit more kneading.

    • its air dry porcelain your not ment to cook it are you stupid or something?

      • Why don’t you try reading the instructions before you call someone (who actually read and followed them) stupid…

        Are YOU stupid or something?

      • That is very uncalled for! It’s people like you that make me wonder how you can be so cruel! God bless you and help you!

      • Always read the directions before you make stupid comments. Lordy… You cook it to MAKE it then you make your project and let it air dry… What is this world coming to?

      • So,,,Little Miss Ami- You cannot spell and you used the wrong “your” and you’re calling others stupid??? I would say to read the directions first, but I think you cannot read or think!!! Don’t try making this clay, it may be tooooooooo complicated for you and your brain cells!

        • I actually let out a tiny *gasp* when I read that reply by Ami….however as I continued to read I also realized that slinging insults back at her is just as wrong as she was in the first place. As momma taught me “if you have nothing good to say then say nothing at all” God Bless everyone. :)

          • Thank you, Susan.
            Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.

      • People like Ami only like to see how much drama they can cause, and attention they can get, by making outrageous comments. It is best to simply ignore them.

      • you must be a very unhappy person.

    • Women, I HAVE to wade in here: There is no such thing as a stupid question or a stupid person. Personal attacks will not be tolerated and I will remove the comments if there are any more insults or degrading comments.

      To Jenny, my utmost apologies to you: I can only imagine that you felt awful when you read the comment from Ami.

      To Ami, of course you have the right to say what you want….as long as it is not a personal attack. Calling someone stupid is a personal attack and i would love to see you apologise to Jenny. However, Ami, I am also sorry that you have been attacked and I hope it does not happen again.

      To the other women. Thank you for defending Jenny. That shows courage and community and I appreciate you. However, you cannot support Jenny and denigrate Ami at he same time.

      It is time to draw a line in the sand: no more personal attacks to anyone please.
      Regards, Megan Bayliss, Administrator.

  46. im soooooo gonna try this!!!

  47. I wanted to make this as well and after reading the comments I was hesitant so I went to the website you linked. I did a bing translate and this is what it said for ingredients:
    COLD PORCELAINIngredients:
    1 kg of tail for porcelain vinyl
    500grs. of corn starch
    1 tablespoon of formol or sodium benzoate
    1 tablespoon of lemon
    2 tablespoons Glycerin
    3 tablespoons of baby oil
    Not sure what porcelain vinyl is, formal – A 10% solution of formaldehyde in water; used as a disinfectant or to preserve biological specimens. Sodium benzoate a crystalline or granular salt used chiefly as a food preservative. I really can’t follow her recipe but with the recipe you posted do you think that adding lemon juice and baby oil may help.

    • The problem with auto translators like bing is that you get a literal translation. The author’s rrecipe is well translated (spanish is my mother tongue) and the first ingredient that translated as porcelain vinyl, is no other than white glue. (elmers). The recipe says to use baby oil instead of canola oil. So, dont think too much about it and just try it.

    • oil and glycerin are used as plasticizer and vinegar or lemon juice are used to break the polymeric properties of the corn starch.actually that formula is not classified as ceramics but belongs to the bioplastic materials. just giving comments to the ceramic artists that reacted.

  48. thanks for sharing! ;p

  49. is this recipe like real porcelain, hard, solid, cant melted if cleaning with water?
    how long we can save it before hard?

    • This is not real porcelain (I’m a potter). It’s called cold porcelain because, once it’s hard, it has the same look. I would compare it to polymer clay. It isn’t waterproof even if you seal it with something. It IS, however, super fun.

  50. Gonna try this today..Canola oil is not available here in Spain, can any vegetable oil work in it’s place?
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  51. I can’t wait to try this.. I love this!

  52. I have to try that :) Sounds so easy!
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  53. Hey, thanks for this.
    I am thinking about using this as a decorative top to something like a hat pin for scarfs. the only thing i am wondering about is: how much does this make. i would at most want enough to fill a small (party size) play-dou container. how much dough does this make?
    also if i were to place some gems inside the dough and let it dry with that, would the stones stick when the dough dries? any ideas
    the end product i am trying for is something along the lines of : http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightsilver/4206199287/

    • In refr. to Mary/midnightsilver,
      You might want to try the bread dough recipe~it dries bone hard.You take 1 slice white bread without the brown crust~tare up and place into a ziplock baggie~add aprox 2 tablespoons white glue Elmers is fine then add acrylic paint I am guessing here 1 to 2 tablespoons of color of your choice,if you want a white color to paint then I would add white paint…..because if you add no color to the bread and glue it might become a yelloish color ?I have made this and used it many times before …..I think its a no fail recipe add more of this or that to correct the other,If too runny add more bread but the glue is your binder be sure if you use more bread to add more glue.This is really stickey to your fingers stuff.Work to gether in plastic to get all the lumps out and color uniform.Keep sealed in plastic bag unless you are making a flower or what ever with it because it will get dry and then get hard as a brick.I make Roses with mine.I dont have a photo to share Sorry.Hope this helps You.Not responsible for spelling errors or repeating at times.Oh and sorry if I sound like I dont know what I am talking about.So I wont get any Bite Mes on this,lol,lol.

  54. Who knew? How cool and a must try.

  55. what type of glycerin?

  56. Happy New Year folks… just a point of interest, there are a few youtube videos on making ‘cold porcelain’ that is how I found it.. I am normally an icing /polymer clay crafter/cakedecorator.
    I found it was hard to make icing figures to show possible clients as I am in central Queensland and the humidity destroyed them…..so started making them in polymer.. but found that it was very expensive. Cold Porcelain seems to be a cheaper alternative. and have viewed a few video’s on youtube that I found very informative. I am going to attempt this recipe today will let you know how it goes..

    • Wonderful. I look forward to your feedback.
      Polymer is plastic based so finding this recipe was a god send for me as I try to eradicate plastic from my life

      • Ok I used a recipe that I had already got from a young girl here in australia… she used baby oil instead of glycerine. At first I thought I had mucked it up..found it difficult to knead. so I kneaded it then put it in the bag for a few mins. It was very hot and thought a little time to cool might help. It did! after about ten minutes I pulled it out the bag and with the aid of a lot of handcream it finally stopped sticking to my fingers… after much a do with it, I set it aside to ‘sweat’ then after three hours took it out and kneaded it again. viola! I have a perfect clay… I have left it for 24 hours and it it great. Will post pictures soon of my projects!

      • Just had a look at the recipe you have posted and noticed that you add oil to the mixture… the recipe that I have is: 1 cup white glue.. 1 cup of corn flour/starch… 2 tblspns vinegar and 2 tablspns baby oil. just wondering what other different recipes there are out there :)

        • Ok a little bit further on with my projects… number one problem.. having trouble getting items to keep little bits stuck to them. ie: eyes, ears. noses and even arms and legs. finding that the clay speads a little as it is sitting… is it possible that I have not cooked my clay long enough. it is very soft and taking forever to dry. I have noticed a bit of shrinkage and cracking. Anyone have an idea of what I have done wrong…. also I made some small plaques and they have warped..not one has stayed flat. thanks :)

          • Hi Helen. EXCELLENT feedback and updates on your project. I haven’t seen variations on the mix that have worked, but, they must do otherwise the variations wouldn’t be around.

            I am wondering if it is the oil and glycerine that makes the difference to the final product???? Similarly, I am intrigued by the effect of humidity on projects. I use an eco varnish to finish my paper bowls but it cannot be used in over 80% humidity or it won’t cure. I seriously wonder whether weather has a similar effect on the drying process of the porcelain.

            I really appreciate the dialogue this recipe has produced. It is important for people to know what has worked, what hasn’t. Thanks so very much for your comments and your help to all who want to make this porcelain.

    • hi,I like to know more about mixing porcelain in diffrent easy ways and paper mache mix together how to get back to me please thank you

  57. Must try out project for me! Thank you for sharing this!

  58. I love this idea! It is too late to do for last minute Christmas gifts but I was thinking it would be great in my classroom of five kids. About how much does the original recipe make? Would the five each be able to make a small project with one batch? Thanks!

    • Certainly: they will each get at least one small project (maybe even two). Make sure you read through all the comments though, Lisa. There’s some really handy tips about heat, extra stirring, extra corn flour, etc.

  59. Deb Priest says:

    I just made my first batch! Love love LOVE it!!!! I am a retired potter who worked exclusively in high fire porcelain. Amazed as I was kneading, then actually wedging this ‘clay’. It’s really a cross between actual porcelain and bread dough. It did make a big mess of my favorite mixing bowl but it’s soaking in hot water now. I cleaned up my work surface (a plastic cutting board) and wooden ‘spoon’ easily. Instead of a wooden spoon I used a wood paint stir stick. Worked great and I was able to scrape the sides as I stirred quite well. I used the microwave method. My microwave is only 700 watt so I adjusted the time. The recipe called for 2-3 minutes. I cooked it for 7 1/2! I checked every 10 seconds for that last 4 1/2 minutes, still stirring every 30 secs. It kept thickening from a creamy smooth cake frosting appearance to a very thick slightly gritty look…almost like a grainy marshmallow cream. I also decided to use a touch of cornstarch on the surface after I had kneaded for a couple minutes, just like I do biscuits when they are a touch gooey. I’m excited about the outcome. I am always searching for different sculpting products and have used several fired clays, Jonni clay and Paper mache. I think this just might be my new favorite!! Thanks so much for posting. I’ll let you know how it works after that hard to wait for 24 hours!~~~Deb

    • So glad that it has so far worked for you, Deb. I also REALLY appreciate that you have put such thorough descriptions of your process up. I am perturbed that this hasn’t worked for some people and feel concerned that some may never come back to it to give it a second attempt.

      I am keen to hear your post 24hr feedback.

      I LOVE this and cope with the mess as I figure the means justify the end. But, I am a recycled craftist and just cope with what I have. To hear from an artist is just divine :)
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  60. Luella Fernandez says:

    As for food safe, in Australia there are some excellent organic and environmentally friendly sealers. Thank you, Carmen. Hi Belladune.
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  61. I made this the other night and thought it turned out great but when I used it last night, this morning everything I made has big cracks in it, what gives?

  62. Love, love, love this idea. Bookmarking and trying soon!

  63. I’m excited to try this to make Christmas ornaments. How long does it take to dry? Will it crack or break easily?

  64. the biggest mess ever.. they say cook in microwave for 2-3 minutes.. it wasn’t right after 3 minutes.. and wasn’t right after 7 minutes.. had to throw away my bowl and wooden spoon :(

  65. I tried this & it worked! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    Posted my creations plus some extra tips here:

    http://moleskine-diary.blogspot.com/2011/11/diy-air-dried-porcelain.html

  66. I was so excited to try this recipe, but was so disappointed! It stayed really sticky and nearly impossible to work with. It stuck to everything it touched, and I ended up having to use extra cornstarch just to make it manageable–a LOT of extra cornstarch & lotion on my hands didn’t work at all. I wanted to make some cut out ornaments, but they curled when they dried! Not sure what went wrong. Maybe I didn’t cook long enough? The recipe made me afraid to overcook. Suggestions from anyone else who made this? I still want to love it!

    • Hi Emily, darn that it didn’t work for you. There’s a couple of things that it could have been but the most probable is the cooking time. The heat and the glycerine combined cook the process together so the length of cooking has to be sufficient for that to happen. I so understand your fear around over cooking though. If you have the time, try this again but cook it for a longer period….and even if it does get cooked too long and goes hard and lumpy, you can still use it – the kneading process just is a little more difficult but waaaaaaay less messy.

      The other thing that may have impeded the process is measurement related. Did you use a tablespoon of vinegar and glycerine? If you used a dessert spoon, it would still work but not as well as the little extra vinegar that is required to bind and thicken.

      Finally, the glue. In Australia we have PVA glue so I use that. There are thinner white glues but I have not been brave enough to try them…although, I should trust the vinegar to do its job and help them all thicken and stick together.

      I encourage you to try this again: maybe increase your cooking time (I cook on the stove top too…..so I can see what is happening) and make sure your vinegar is well measured. If you want to have a practice run, maybe make some playdough to begin with to get your esteem back up high. The playdough is similar in ingredient proportions, cooking time and kneading.

      I love the recipe….but I don’t love the cleaning up :) Let me know how your next batch goes.

  67. This is such a great recipe! Thank you for posting it. I have used salt dough in the past but it never seems smooth enough. Hoping this works out better!
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  68. Is the glycerine entirely necessary? That is the only thing I don’t have and I can’t just hop to the store for it.

    • Hi Belladune.

      Yes, the glycerine is necessary unfortunately. It will both smooth the mix to make it fine and porcelain like (the ingredients blend well into the glycerine) and preserve the mix . Making the paste without the glycerine is more likely to produce an air dried dough which may be just as groovy but less smooth. You would need to seal the air dried dough though to preserve it.

      I’d love to hear how you go with your glycerineless project so be sure to pop back and share with us.

  69. How long can this stay in an air tight container before you have to use it? Thanks for the info Heather

  70. do you know if it must be specifically canola oil or will other oils work? I don’t buy/use that so I was wondering if I could substitute?
    tm
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    • Hi Zoe, yes, you can use other oils. I used olive oil. I think in the country where this recipe originated from, Canola Oil was probably the most popular and common.

      • Chalotte Ivalou Justice Overgaard says:

        Hi – I can tell you – that here in Denmark Canola Oil is yellow so my first try became yellow or offwhite – so the next time I try to make this I’ll use some other oil to get the white procelaincolour.
        Thank you all for all your comments – it seems like 24 hours a day suddently not is enough for me anymore ;) <3
        hugs from a crafty dane ;)

  71. Hi there! I love this recipe and was wondering if you would know the following.

    What kind of glaze do you use to color the porcelain after it has dried?

    Can you make it food-safe; if so, with what?

    Thanks so much!
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    • Hi Joanna: you can colour the mix before drying: use either a powdered colour or water based food colouring. As for food safe, in Australia there are some excellent organic and environmentally friendly sealers. Perhaps check at an environmental shop near you. Can anyone else help Joanna with this question?

  72. Oooh, I can think of about a hundred projects I could do with this!!

  73. kaitlynne says:

    Is this clay water-proof, or somewhat?

    Cute projects, by the way :)

  74. Hanna Abdelaziz says:

    how long does it take to dry and how much does this recipe make apprx?

    • Hi Hanna
      I haven’t yet made a batch so I could not tell you with any certainty. The recipe belongs to Libreria Andrea, so you need to pop over to her site and ask.
      However, I have this project ear marked for August so I will post my comments after I’ve played with it.

      • I made this today and found it very difficult to make. Stirring was very hard while cooking and when I tried kneading it, it was just a mess. I finally ended up putting cornstarch on it and kneaded to form a ball. I’m hoping that I will be able to roll it out and make Christmas decorations out of it.
        Do you have any idea what I could have done wrong? Even though it was difficult, if my decorations turn out okay I’ll be sure and make again. Next time I’ll have 4 hands close by instead my own two.
        Please let me know if anyone else has experienced the same thing.

        • I have the same problem! Perhaps we didn’t cook the cornstarch long enough? Mine is sitting in a gooey lump on my counter so I’m going to throw it back in the pot and try cooking a bit longer.

          • I’m wondering if the different heat settings in different countries negatively effects the cooking time. I’m in far north Australia where it is very hot, and the original recipe comes from Argentina. It would be interesting to keep a record of how much extra corn flour is added and to see whether there’s a correlation between stickiness and weather????????

  75. Excellent! Thank you for this. Am ‘pinning’ for future reference :)

  76. Fantastic, thank you for posting this!

  77. Bookmarking. Brilliant idea.

    • I agree – brilliantly simple and soooo easy. Do let me know when you’ve made something so we can admire it.

      • KaySparrow says:

        When this dries is it like plastic or glass?

        • Hi there Kay. The mix dries very hard, like glass. But, go ahead and read all of the comments above as in different parts of the word. different results are occurring….and…there are many great tips for adding more flour, reducing/increasing cooking time, etc.

          I would love to hear your results if you go ahead and make some air dried porcelain.

          • Hi Megan,
            I don’t know what I did wrong, but mine didn’t work out so well. I was worried about over cooking it, so maybe that was the problem, not sure. I stirred it alot before cooking it. Tips would be great if you have the time. Thanks,
            Allie

    • Can you cut shapes with cookie cutters?

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