Weekend craft

Five days of a week we live for the body, but weekends are for the soul.

Weekends are to unwind and relax. Put your feet up; grab a book and mug of coffee, cozy up in your nook. Weekends are for getting down on your knees in the garden and getting dirty. Weekends are to get in your car and drive out of the concrete jungle.

Weekends for me usually mean doing small (sometimes big) projects with Mr. B or my friends. Weekends are reserved for creative crafts and arts. We unwind making stupid little things that will probably end up in the bin or a big box of random junk in our house. This weekend we decided to try out the cold porcelain stuff.

Sometime ago I came across cold porcelain creations and lamasa art. I always wanted to try it. So this weekend we gave it a go. We made the clay at home (I have included the recipe at end) and got to making random things. We used our cookie cutters to make different shapes and later I tried making some roses. The good thing about cold porcelain is it does not require baking and the clay is very good for making flowers as it is translucent when rolled thin. Here are the results.

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Here is the recipe we used:

  • 1 cup cornflour/corn-starch
  • 3/4 cup white glue (I used Fevicol which is easily available in India)
  • 1 tablespoon of mineral oil (I used baby oil)
  • 1 tablespoon of Lemon juice.
  • cling film
  • cold cream

Procedure:

  1. Apply cold cream or baby oil on a cling film or plastic sheet and keep it aside for use later. It’s better to do this now.
  2. In aluminium or any non-stick container, mix flour, glue lemon juice and oil in given quantities. Mix till all the lumps are gone and a gooey texture forms.
  3. Transfer the container to a stove and stir. After a few minutes you will see small lumps start to form. Keep stirring vigorously.
  4. Stir until it all comes together to form a ball. It took me just 2-3 mins as I wasn’t making in large quantity
  5. Remove the ball from heat and place it on the cling film or plastic sheet you prepared earlier.  Knead it like dough. Use gloves if you feel the clay is too hot. Some people have suggested using a wet cloth to wrap it in and knead. But I was comfortable kneading it with bare hands on the sheet
  6. Wrap the clay ball in cling film or plastic so that its air tight. This is important as the clay starts to dry fairly quickly. You can store the clay in refrigerator.
  7. Whenever you use the clay apply some cream on your hands.

I am pleased with the results. The flowers look realistic enough and it’s very strong when dry. I did the stress test by banging the flowers on the floor. Nothing broke! I added a tiny amount of colour to the clay as it was really stark white. One tip on colouring your clay, add the tiniest amount. When the clay dries, the colour deepens. I started with what looked like a rich eggplant colour (made by mixing pink and blue) for the rose. After a day, it had dried to a deep burgundy shade.

Have fun making your own clay. If you do try out this recipe, let me know if it worked for you too, and the changes you made.  Share your creations on my Facebook page. I would love to see them!

 

 

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