How to Make Cold Porcelain

Updated February 21, 2017

Cold porcelain is cornstarch-based clay used in art and crafts sculpture. Its smooth texture makes it ideal for creating figurines and artificial flowers. The ingredients used to make this versatile craft medium are low cost and found at the local grocery or discount store. The cost of making cold porcelain, plus its durability, make this air-dried clay a favourite for artists and craftspeople of all ages.

Pour the glue, water, cold cream and glycerine in the saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the mixture looks smooth. Mash any lumps by pressing them between the spoon and saucepan's sides.

Add the cornstarch to the wet mixture while continually stirring. Stir it until it pulls away from the pan into one ball.

Scoop the cold porcelain out of the pan onto a wet dishcloth and knead it until it cools.

Remove the clay from the towel and dust your hands with a small amount of cornstarch. Then mould the clay with your hands until it forms a small ball. It takes about five minutes of working the cold porcelain in your hands to get a good elasticity and smooth feel.

Wrap the cold porcelain in cling film and place it in an airtight container until you're ready to use it.


Add a few drops of acrylic paint to the wet ingredients to tint the cold porcelain, or knead the paint into finished cold porcelain. Cold porcelain dissolves when exposed to water; use a sealer after drying to make it water resistant.

Things You'll Need

  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • 1 ½ cups white glue
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp cold cream
  • 2 tsp glycerine
  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • Wet dishcloth
  • Cling film
  • Air-tight container
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