This is a very good video demonstration of how to model a cute face in cold porcelain. You may not understand the language (just mute it) but the important parts....how she uses her fingers to shape the face....are very clear. Note that the eyes are painted on later and are not part of the face shaping, this simplifies the modeling.
Commercial cutters and veiners are used to cut both petals and leaves out of cold porcelain. You can make your own cutters or purchase an inexpensive set of flower cutters at Amazon (and other websites) such as the Wilton Gum Paste Flowers Set or one of the special tulip sets shown below that includes a cutter and veiner.
In the following video, master craftsman Jorge Rubicce, shows us his method for modeling the head of his cute cold porcelain figures. He starts with a Styrofoam ball (for armature) and an equal size ball of cold porcelain to create an egg shaped head. Notice that he uses his palms to form the cold porcelain and always works toward center. He also applies hand cream to his hands while smoothing out surface of cold porcelain.
Today we have another demonstration in a series of instructional videos from Marisol Romero about cold porcelain. Many air-dry clay projects call for Styrofoam shapes as armatures for figure modeling and sometimes, instead of a simple ball, you need a larger, oblong shape or double spheres. In the following video, Marisol shows how to tape 2 Styrofoam balls together and wrap both with cold porcelain (or other air-dry clay) and
also how to connect 2 loose balls with the cold porcelain. This technique is useful for modeling bodies of characters, such as bears, snowmen or doll figures.
What is Cold Porcelain? Cold Porcelain (CP) is a modeling compound that is composed of white glue and cornstarch. The recipe for cold porcelain is quite simple and it can be made or home or purchased commercially. CP is a material that can be modeled in small volumes and large. Its characteristics are softness, whiteness and elasticity. CP is known throughout the world, in every region or country, by many different names. Besides Cold Porcelain, it is known as Porcelana Fria, Masa Flexible, Biscuit, and Pasta di Mais among others.
See this page for recipes and how to make Cold Porcelain video. If you make your own dough, keep in mind that, to be of good quality, the ingredients you use should also be good quality.
Marisol Romero is a cold porcelain artist from Argentina, where this medium is very popular. On her website she shares some of her cold porcelain tips. Below are some of her tips translated to English as best as we can!