Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cold Porcelain Clay

I like trying different materials to see how I like them.  So after reading a little about cold porcelain clay, I decided that I was going to see how this worked for making a BJD.  Mainly, what is its properties dry?

Here are a few links to sites with recipes:

Recipe #1
3/4 cup white glue
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon cold cream (such as Pond's)
1 teaspoon glycerin
1 cup cornstarch, plus additional for dusting your hands

Recipe #2
1 cup cornflour (optional try using rice flour 50:50 mix)
3/4 cup pva (wood) glue
3 drops of eucalyptus or nutmeg oil
either 1 teaspoon baby oil or 1/2 tsp petroleum jelly
1/4 cup water

Recipe #3
1 cup pva glue (white glue like Elmer's Glue All)
1 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon mineral oil (baby oil)
1 tablespoon lemon juice, witch hazel, or clove oil

Recipe #4
-1 cup glue (all purpose or school)
-1 cup cornstarch
-2 tbsp mineral oil/ baby oil
-2 tbsp lemon juice/ vinegar
-some non-grease cream/ lotion

Recipe #5
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup white glue (tacky glue)
2 tablespoon baby oil
2 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon white tempera paint

1 tablespoon Nivea Cream

Recipe #6
3/4 cup of white glue
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup of water
1 teaspoon of cold cream
1 teaspoon of glycerin

Recipe #7
2 cups of all-purpose glue
2 cups of cornstarch
2 tablespoons of baby oil
1 tablespoons of white vinegar
1 tablespoon of non-grease cream

Basically, the recipes have cornstarch, pva glue, an oil (baby oil is mineral oil), and a preservative (to prevent molding).  I am sure there are many other recipes out there, but the above gives me an idea of the ingredients.

I like recipe #5 and #7 since both use the microwave and seem relatively easy to do.

Now I have to gather the ingredients and give it a try.  I have a doll idea to test this with too.

The blog Cold Porcelain Tutorials also has a page with links to various cold porcelain recipes.

EDIT:  I have been reading the ingredients of baby oil and various creams.  Baby oil is mineral oil with fragrance.  So which is cheaper to buy?  The Nivea and Pond's cream are mostly made of water and mineral oil, so why not just use the base ingredients which are cheaper than paying more for the created product?  The creams also contain glycerin and wax (beeswax, microcystalline wax, and/or paraffin).  Can't they just be added as is?  Is there a need to pay more money for Nivea or Pond's cream?  Can cold porcelain be made using cornstarch, pva glue, mineral oil, vinegar, water, glycerin, and beeswax?  Yeah, the products do have other ingredients.  If I do buy a product, I would probably go more with Pond's Cold Cream since it would be something I would actually use.

Baby Oil:  Mineral Oil, Fragrance.

Nivea Cream:  Water, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Microcrystalline Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Paraffin, Panthenol, Magnesium Sulfate, Decyl Oleate, Octyldodecanol, Aluminum Stearate, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Pond's Cold Cream: Mineral Oil, Water, Beeswax, Ceresin, Sodium Borate, Fragrance, Carbomer.

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