In this article we will learn how to work with porcelanicron very easily.
The porcelain is also known as cold porcelain, flexible mass, Russian porcelain, biscuit, cold porcelain, pasta di mais, among other variety of names.
It is a paste composed mainly of vinyl glue and corn starch.
This mass is well known around the world to make crafts.
It is a very manageable material for modeling small or large dimension figures.
It has very specific characteristics because the dough has great softness, elasticity and whiteness.
One of its advantages is that we do not need to use an oven because it dries very well in the open air.
You must bear in mind that the pieces when drying lose 20% of their volume.
For this reason when developing the figure we must keep this in mind.
Cold porcelain can be dyed or colored with different paintings such as acrylics, oils, vegetable dyes, temperas, among many others.
You can also color the figure once it is dry and thus give different effects, depending on what we want to achieve.
The dough is very easy to handle but it takes a lot of patience to get what we want.
I’ll show you now how to work with porcelanicron in a few steps.
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The Recipe for the Mass
Before starting to work with the figures you must obtain what you need.
That’s why I’m going to show you how to work with porcelanicron starting from the elaboration of the dough.
The mass of porcelain or cold porcelain helps us to realize those projects that we have in mind.
But we do not always have it available at home, either because we have not bought or because the one we had was dry.
The best option is to do it ourselves.
The recipe is quite simple to make and we can get the materials at home.
That’s why I’m going to teach you how to make the dough so you can carry out your ideas without leaving your home.
- Cooking pot
- Wooden spoon
- Hands cream
- Hermetic bag
- 1 cup of corn starch
- 1 cup vinyl glue or white glue
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of baby oil
Steps for the Elaboration
In a saucepan place all the liquid ingredients and mix so that they are completely integrated.
Add the corn starch little by little, place over low heat and while heating, mix with the wooden spoon.
As you will see, it begins to have a lumpy texture.
When the mixture adheres completely to the wooden spoon it is time to remove it from the fire.
Put some baby oil in the container and put the mixture you just made there.
Let it sit for a while and then knead it to finish cooling.
In the airtight bag place hand cream and store there the porcelain cold porcelain or porcelain.
Store in the fridge for about 8 hours and you can use the dough when you need it.
How to work with Porcelanicron
To make any work you must find all the materials you will use, so you can make the design you want.
You must also prepare the environment in which you will work, leaving it clean and tidy, so you can concentrate and get a better job.
Choose the model of the piece you want to make taking into account the skill you have to manipulate the mass.
If you are starting to work with porcelain, it is better that you look for a simple figure to elaborate.
To paint the dough you can do it before working it or after finishing the piece.
To obtain the color you want you must buy quality materials.
Keep in mind that while you do not use the dough you must keep it in airtight bags and thus avoid drying it.
Step by Step
We are learning how to work with porcelain in a simple way.
Manipulating the dough is very easy, you just have to have a lot of patience to model and to get it out as you wish.
Now you can make your figure little by little, taking care of the details so that it looks great.
Allows the piece to dry for as long as necessary, this will take depending on the size of the figure.
The larger the piece, the more time it takes for logic to dry up.
If you chose to paint the figure after making it, you have to wait for it to dry completely.
Remember that when drying, the tones become more intense.
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To protect your piece and give it a better finish you can varnish.
In this way it will be more durable and you will take care of it so that it does not crack or deform easily.
In addition to applying a layer of varnish, clean the figure will be easier, because this way you avoid dust to adhere to it.
To varnish the piece you will need:
You must begin to apply the varnish from the smallest and hardest to reach the largest.
Do not forget to apply in all joints of the piece and in the small details.
Place a thin layer of water-based varnish and allow it to dry completely.
Apply as many layers as you want.
At the end clean the brush very well before it dries, if you wait to do it after drying it will not be easy to remove the material.
Varnishing the piece will help you make it more resistant.
All the people that work with this type of crafts have passed us:
If we make delicate pieces like flowers, their petals, because they are so delicate, split easily.
When varnishing it is more protected and we obtain a more durable piece.
When the porcelain figures are not sealed properly.
They can lose their shape by being in contact with heat or water.
Keep in mind that before applying the varnish, you must be completely sure that the figure is as you want it.
If not, you can modify it by moistening a bit so that porcelain softens and thus modeling.
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