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What Is Cold Porcelain?

Cold porcelain is a non-toxic, pliable crafting material beloved for its fine, porcelain-like finish. It's air-dry, requiring no kiln, making it a favorite for DIY enthusiasts and professional crafters alike. Its versatility allows for intricate designs in jewelry, miniatures, and home decor. Intrigued by its potential? Discover how cold porcelain can elevate your creative projects to artful elegance.
Kristie Lorette
Kristie Lorette

Cold porcelain is a material used in crafting. As a type of clay, it can be molded into various shapes, making it a versatile material for different types of craft projects. Crafters use cold porcelain to create party favors, handmade jewelry pieces, pottery and more.

This material is soft and pliable enough to mold and shape into the crafter's artistic vision. The creation automatically dries by sitting in the air and does not require any special glazing or firing in a kiln, as other types of ceramic and porcelain crafts do.

Generally, porcelain clay is a material reserved for smaller craft projects. While a small pill-shaped box could be molded out of the material and allowed to air dry, crafters would not necessarily use the material to make a large pot for a plant.

Cornstarch is an ingredient in homemade cold porcelain clay.
Cornstarch is an ingredient in homemade cold porcelain clay.

In addition to being an easy type of clay to work with for craft projects, cold porcelain is highly moldable. Even after a creation has dried, if the item is placed in a warm room or setting, it softens the clay slightly, bent pieces can be straightened out or pieces that have moved can be put back in place.

Porcelain clay originates from Argentina, but crafters can easily whip up their own batch of the clay, using common household products. Glue, water, cold cream, glycerin and cornstarch are all of the ingredients needed to whip up a batch of cold porcelain clay.

Cold cream is an ingredient in cold porcelain.
Cold cream is an ingredient in cold porcelain.

While it is not edible, cold porcelain clay is also not toxic. This makes it safe for both adults and children to make creations out of the cold porcelain clay. The clay can be molded into creations by hand and without the use of any special machinery or tools. In this respect, it is similar to that of the squishy-textured dough made for children to play with in the classroom.

For more complex creations, crafters can choose to use molds that are created specifically for use with porcelain clay. The molds allow the crafters to shape the clay around or inside of the mold. After the creation is allowed to air dry, the clay can then be popped off or out of the mold.

Cold porcelain embellishments can be added to the creation prior to it drying completely, so that glue or other adhesives are not required. For adding dried cold porcelain embellishments to other cold porcelain creations or another material, adhesives or attachments may be required.

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@geekish - I completely understand where you are coming from. I love to give unique gifts, but I am not always the best at making them! Mine always seem like they didn't take much time - even though they did!

So while I like to add my own flair, I am going to try and get some more professional help via the right cold porcelain tools and some really cute cold porcelain molds that I have seen on some crafting sites.

This way I will have a solid foundation of a craft thanks to other people's craftiness and then I can add personal names or accessories to it.


One of the teachers I work with makes this with her classes, but she also makes it for her child's daycare. She dyes the clay after she makes it, so it makes it that much more fun and engaging for kids as we can all attest to half the fun of molding clay was mixing all of the colors together.

I am not too crafty so I am just curious as to what people have found to be an easy cold porcelain creation for us older adults trying to make handmade goods for relatives and friends?

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    • Cornstarch is an ingredient in homemade cold porcelain clay.
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      Cornstarch is an ingredient in homemade cold porcelain clay.
    • Cold cream is an ingredient in cold porcelain.
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      Cold cream is an ingredient in cold porcelain.