Tips before beginning: 🔹lemon or lime juice help it last longer than vinegar. 🔹It takes time to cool and set, so don't plan on using it right away. 🔹This is kind of messy. 🔹Sift the corn flour!!
🔹This dries semi transparent but can be colored (guide coming soon) 🔹it takes anywhere from 3-24 hrs to cure or dry. 🔹It may shrink or curl depending in the shape and thickness of the piece.
This is the first time I used the microwave method... And needless to say, I messed it up the first time lol. Don't give up!
I've always used the Stove with no issues. The only hard part about the microwave is finding the right amount if time for your unit.
If you aren't prepared to do some serious cleaning, use disposable bowls and stirring utensils. You can use veg oil instead of baby oil but it will go bad a little faster.
The white bowl in the previous picture was vinegar. In my second batch I used lemon juice and liked it a lot better.
Add your ingredients, all but the lotion, to the bowl. It'll be very wet and liquidy. Sorry I forgot the closeup picture. It was very difficult to make a guide while doing this lol it's messy.
Before adding the glue, grease up your measuring cup with some baby oil.
Make sure you cover it.
One cup of glue is about two 5oz bottles. It can be purchased at many dollars stores two for 1$. Fun fact: in cereal adds they use glue in place of milk.
See how the glue doesn't stick, if you hold it upside down it will all slide out.
Mix it up! The kids love this part lol.
Here was the first attempt. I have a 1000watt microwave. The first time 15second intervals wasn't enough so I switched to 30, that was too much... The next batch I did 20seconds and it was perfect.
You'll have to do 3-5 sets of microwaving. You want it clumped but not solid. I'm so sorry I deleted the picture if this step as its pretty important.
Here's the messed up one. It's a little too dry. They look the same except this one is dryer. You want wet mashed potatoes. It'll come together when you stir it. Let it cool about 3 minutes.
You want it to still be warm but able to handle. So how long you let it sit is rly up too you but the longer it sits the dryer if becomes. I washed up the dishes I'd used and that was plenty of time.
I accidentally deleted the picture with the first lotion step. Basically lay down your plastic wrap and dot it with lotion, spread it around in a thin layer. This helps it not stick.
This was the good one. Put some lotion in your hands and kneed It until smooth.
If its like this when you pull it apart its over cooked. I tried lots of things to save it... And I couldn't. Unfortunately, if it turns out like this start over and cook it in shorter intervals.
Using the stovetop method helps give more control and helps to not over cook it. But it's a little less child friendly and takes about 10-15 minutes on low heat.
To check if its done pull a piece off, if its smooth and forms a taffy like pull its done.
Roll it up in double layers of plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for at least an hour before use. Store up to 9 months in the fridge double wrapped and in an air tight container.
Use in small amounts at a time. I'll be making a separate guide on how to color and use this cold Porcelain. If not colored, the clay dries mostly translucent.
- 1.0c Corn starch (corn flour) sifted
- 1.0c (About 10 oz) PVC glue (white school glue)
- 2.0Tbsp Baby oil
- 2.0Tbsp Lemon juice (line juice or vinegar will also work)
- Hand lotion