Monday, February 28, 2011

Cold porcelain recipe...only 3 ingredients!


I found a quick and easy cold porcelain recipe at the Deviant Art Forum, posted by beatus-vir.  This is a microwave recipe and is made from just glue, cornrstarch & lemon. She also shows us how to add color to the cold porcelain paste using oil colors, pastel chalks, acrylic paints and watercolors.
Click here for recipe and mixing tutorial!

(Note: Tutorial is written in both Spanish and English.   I feel pretty sure that where it says "white rubber", it really means "white vinyl glue"  ....that's what happens when computers translate!  LOL)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cute Mouse Video Demo



Here's an easy beginner's project...a cute little mouse demo from Giogio Arts!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tutorial: Hearts & Roses Keepsake Box


Cover a heart-shaped box with clay roses and cording to create this pretty keepsake box.   A nice place to keep all those love letters and Valentine's Day cards! ;-)

Tutorial was scanned from a Portuguese-language magazine and kindly translated to English by our friend Evelyne. Please visit her blog 'Sowl Mini'.

Materials needed:
Heart-shaped wood or mache box
Cold Porcelain tinted in colors for roses and cording
(Salmon, peach, pink, rose, crimson, etc)
Golden cord (soutache)
Clay roller or pasta machine
Clay Scissors
Leaf shape cutter (Kemper cutters)
Clay extruder
 We'll be using the small trefoil disk (3 overlapping circles) which is part of the disk set included with the crank-handle Walnut Hollow Extruder (new), the twist-handle Makin's Extruder and the push-handle Sculpey Extruder.




      



Friday, February 11, 2011

How to Sculpt a Rearing Horse or Unicorn



On his blog Chikim Art, Francisco de Assis shows us how to model this rearing horse using biscuit* (cold porcelain).  Blog is written in Portuguese, however there is no need to translate.  The horse tutorial is shown in step by step photos...no text.     Leave off the saddle and bridle....add a horn....and you have a Unicorn!

*"Biscuit" is defined an unglazed form of porcelain or porcelain after the first firing and before glazing (aka "bisque")...but is also the term used in Brazil when describing (unfired) cold porcelain clay.   Many other types of air-dry clay could also be used to create this horse.

Francisco says he's been modeling with biscuit for about 8 years and "the goal of this blog was to show to friends and family my pieces... today is something much broader with tips for beginners in the art of modeling."

This seemingly complicated sculpt begins with simple shapes as shown in the first few steps below.    Give it a try!    


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Winnie the Pooh, Step by Step


Today we have another excellent video demo from Marisol Romero, showing us, step-by step, how to make Winnie the Pooh as shown above, using cold porcelain.  Marisol is speaking Spanish in these 3 videos but, even if you don't understand what she is saying, you should be able to follow along easily. Every step is clearly shown.

Marisol currently has a contest to make this Winnie the Pooh in cold porcelain and win one of her premium cold porcelain how-to courses. Contest rules are explained on her website. Contest ends Feb.28, 2011.

Part 1 of 3



Part 2 of 3



Part 3 of 3

Sunday, February 6, 2011

We have a new name...which also means a new web address at Blogspot


Cold Porcelain Cuties
is now


Cold Porcelain Tutorials is being re-organized for 2011 and will contain a bunch of how-to tutorials for crafting and modeling with cold porcelain clay plus a collection of recipes for making cold porcelain paste at home.

From time to time, we'll also spotlight artists making some very cute dolls, animals and other cute figures!   Cold Porcelain Tutorials will feature the same  "cute" cold porcelain figures you've seen at Cold Porcelain Cuties but the new focus will be as a tutorial directory for a variety of cold porcelain projects..  

 A bit of re-organization will be happening all week long.   Note that there is a new "category" listing in the sidebar. We hope this will help you find a specific tutorial subject easier.   The former "tag cloud" is still available but has been moved to the footer.   The "Tutorial Categories" are a condensed list of tutorial topics only.   Use search tool for other topics.

If you have Cold Porcelain Cuties bookmarked and go to the old URL, you'll receive a message that the blog no longer exists!  Not quite true!   It's just been re-named, which means your old bookmarks won't work anymore!  Please change bookmark to Cold Porcelain Tutorials.   Sorry... I haven't figured out a way to make Blogger automatically forward the old bookmarks to the new name.   The RSS Feed should still work....at least I hope so!   Please let me know if you run into a problem!  This whole "name change" thing has been an experiment with Blogger tools and I'm learning as I go!  ;-)

Friday, February 4, 2011

How to Properly Wrap a Foam Cone with Clay



In our last post, we featured a video from Haydee Miranda demonstrating her method for wrapping a Styrofoam ball with cold porcelain. The foam ball is the most common armature used when making cute cold porcelain figures but the Styrofoam CONE is also used often. In the following video, Haydee Miranda demonstrates the proper way to wrap a Styrofoam cone with cold porcelain so you don't end up with cracks or trapped air. Note that the ball of clay she starts with is about equal to the circumference of the shape.

Spanish is the language spoken in this tutorial but I think you can easily follow what's she's doing even if you don't understand what she's saying!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

How to Properly Cover a Foam Ball with Clay


Many air-dry clay projects call for Styrofoam shapes as armatures for figure modeling.   Quite a few people have mentioned they are having trouble covering the foam with clay without getting cracks or trapped air.   In the following video, Haydee Miranda demonstrates her method of wrapping a Styrofoam ball with cold porcelain.

Spanish is the language spoken in this tutorial but I think you can follow along even if you don't understand what she's saying!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Make This Cute Little Rascal


Make this cute little rascal in his overalls and ballcap following the steps in this cold porcelain tutorial.   Tutorial was scanned from a Portuguese-language magazine and kindly translated to English by our friend Evelyne.  Please visit her blog 'Sowl Mini'.    Click images to view larger photos for each step.


Materials needed: 

Cold porcelain (pre-tinted in colors needed)
Hot glue (or white glue, to adhere parts)
Scissors
Silicon mold (for head, optional)
Acrylic paint & paintbrushes  (or paint markers)
Toothpicks (to strengthen joints)
Doll hair or brown macrame cord (unraveled to make hair)
Tiny wood buttons (optional)
Modeling tools  (needle tool, roller and optional rolling stitch marker)
Wood base