Cold Porcelain Sculpting Blending Problem
Cold Porcelain Sculpting Blending Problem:- Hi Peter, What beautiful artwork! I am completely new to sculpture. I have made up a recipe from your excellent website, thank you for providing it! My questions may seem silly, but as I mentioned, I've never sculpted before:-
I'm making a head and I'm wondering how to make the lines blend where I have added more clay. I've looked all over online and there are plenty of sites for beginners with other clays but I haven't been able to find a "cold porcelain sculpting for dummies" which is exactly what I need!
I'm very artistic in many other ways and really love the possibilities of working with cold porcelain. So any tips, hints, tricks about the basics would be greatly appreciated.
Well I made my head, partially, and left it to dry. My biggest question is whether you can use water or something to blend in say around the eyes, or mouth or to smooth the surface. Part of my head has come out very nicely but one side is cracked. I think it's because I kneaded the dough for the majority of the face but the part I pieced in was not and so it cracked when it dried.
I also used a small amount of mineral oil to blend but I'm finding the cold porcelain is a stretchy type of medium not really like clay.
Thanks for any and all help, it is much appreciated!
Reply from Sangeeta Shah (guest expert)
to 'Cold Porcelain Sculpting Blending Problem':-
(Sangeeta is from www.creativehands.bravehost.com
- World of cold porcelain & Gum Paste flowers! and is a Certified Wilton Method Instructor)
Thanks for your query. Its always good to answer your individual queries because if you are wanting to overcome a particular obstacle, other visitors are as well!
I have not done too much sculpting as such. but I do know the medium very well, so I think I can help you through this problem.
In order too 'join' and 'blend' paste for sculpting needs, I would use a plastic wool needle or a metal wool needle found at craft stores. If you can't find that, a round tooth pick would even do the work!
Even if the sculpted head seems to be dry and extra Cold Porcelain paste is added it can be blended. Cold Porcelain is so versatile medium to work with it is amazing with its properties it has.
For example, it can be sanded, drilled, and dusted with chalk pastels, painted with oils, acrylic. It can be tinted with color gels, powder dyes, powder food colors, fabric paints, Perlex powders
and much more.
The only care which has to be taken is to keep it away from moisture as it is water based paste. However, remember, it can be varnished to make is water resistant.
Hope this information helps. Good luck with cold porcelain sculpting.
follow up query by Sherri
Thank you very much for the wonderful advice. I've left my head to dry for two days now. I'm going to put a very thin layer of cold porcelain over it after i fill in the cracks on the one side. I have knitting needles so I'll work on blending. I suppose I'm just a little impatient! I'll just have to take my time to accomplish what I want. Also, my mixture is sticky somewhat and I've added more cornstarch but I'm afraid if I add too much it will ruin the clay. Should the clay have any stickiness to it? It sticks to my fingers when I knead it and it's rather messy. What happens if you add too much cornstarch? Can you then bring back some moisture by adding more mineral oil? I apologize for being a bother!
PS. your work is lovely!
Reply by Sangeeta
The mixture is sticky because it was under cooked. You could add more cornstarch but even if you put it in the microwave for short bursts of time you should have got the right consistency. The clay should not be sticky at all. It should not stick to your fingers when you knead it at all. What happens if you add too much cornstarch? Nothing could go wrong at all, you could do that to get the clay right of course.Can you then bring back some moisture by adding more mineral oil? If you like to add in more moisture you should add water not oil. I apologize for being a bother! NOT ATT ALL, MY PLEASURE. I PLAN TO TAKE A VIDEO OF MAKING THE COLD PORCELAIN PASTE WHICH I WILL SOON SHARE WITH EVERY ONE.
World of cold porcelain & Gum Paste flowers !
Certified Wilton Method Instructor