Monday, March 23, 2015

Using cold porcelain clay or paper clay for daisy center

Hi Friends, and followers,

Today I'm here to share a quick tutorial I had promised.  If you refer to my previous post, I have posted a bouquet of flower card.  Some of the daisies on this bouquet were made with this clay.

For this project you will need (paper clay) or (cold handmade porcelain clay).

The following is describing the difference between the two clays.  Paper versus Porcelain.  I like them both, though I have a preference when it comes to the quality of the finished product with porcelain clay.

Paper clay:  This clay is terrific to use for small projects you need at a fast drying time.  Generally speaking, this clay is sold in White or if you go in the children section you can find it in different colors in the Brand CRAYOLA.  Personally. I much prefer white because I can die it with my paint or re-inkers if needed.  If too big, your project can warp slightly throughout the drying time. 

Porcelain clay:  "I love this one".  Porcelain clay is known to be the best quality of quick to dry clays as it has more of a transparent dried finished look once dried.  It becomes really hard.  This clay can easily be died in any color you desire.  Inks, acrylics, Copic markers or any alcohol based markers.  Always keep in mind that it dries quickly so only use a small quantity at a time and leave the rest in a very well (wrapped in plastic wrap) and in a tightly sealed jar, until more is needed.  If not, it will dry out quickly and consider your clay wasted.  Mine has been set aside that way, so far, 6 months later, it's like if I had freshly made it today.

TIP for both clays:  When using small quantities of clay between use, store under an upside down drinking see through glass.  It will prevent the clay from drying too quickly. 

I use the cold porcelain clay recipe I found online.  I found mine on Pinterest.  that takes you to multiple recipes choices to choose from.  My choice was this site as I really like the way she was showing step by step and more.  For those who don't go on Pinterest here is the link for the one I chose to use.  Make sure once you dedicate them to clay it will never be used again for kitchen food preparation.  It will from now on, be called, your clay tools.

Here are my Tutorial photos with some details:

This mold that I am using is purchased in the Wilton's cake baking department at Michael's or Hobby Lobby.  It is also sold on Amazon.
I only arrowed 3 out of the 5 stamen molds I use because these are the ones I use the most. 

This photo shows you different sizes and textures this mold offers, all the way to the finished product.  Tim Holtz ink pads with sponge daubers are used to color the stamens. 

I added 2 daisies to show you what it looks like when the stamen was added with a small dab of glue to hold it into place until completely dried.

This photo illustrates my making a stamen on the smallest mold, by adding some baby powder to the mold with a paint brush, I use a needle tool to remove it.  Since I had added some powder it should come out easily.  If not, start over.

This photo shows you the stamens has been removed from the mold.  I then form the stamen gently once it is on a flat surface.  At this stage if you want more texture, take the needle tool and add more little holes to the edges.

This last photo shows you a variety of sizes I have made for the demo
P.S.:  There are so many recipes of cold porcelain clay out there, one can truly experiment a few of them to see which one is feeling and working the best for the work you need done with it.  Let me know if you prefer another recipe than the one I linked you to today.

I hope this tutorial was very instructive to you or perhaps you want to explore the world of porcelain clay to make so many cute little things.  I also love to make small strawberries, banana slices, blueberries, kiwi slices, add to cards or gift tags that could be embellished by them.  The world of clay is one I re-visit time and time again.  I think it is fun and if you have had a stressful day, have a seat and play, I can almost promise your worries will turn into relaxation time.

Have fun, I always have one recipe of cold porcelain clay ready to use when it calls for it.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial as much as I have enjoyed putting it together for you.


  1. THAT was a brilliant tutorial .... this is something I've never tried using before & now you are making me want to have a go at making some for myself. although the porcelain clay sounds like the better option I have all the necessary ingredients in my cupboards now to make some of the cornflour stuff .... a good start for anyone who just wants to try it out & have a go before buying the porcelain clay
    THANK YOU for such an informative tutorial !!!

  2. Boy those sound like fun, and I know from seeing your flowers in person, they sure look wonderful in the flowers. Thank you for all the time you put in to your tutorials, they are excellent.