Lately I’ve been completely mesmerized by clay.
I’ve always had a fondness for polymer clay. I can look hours at projects on Pinterest or watch countless videos on YouTube. There are some real artists out there.
The reason why I’ve never tried polymer is because you need to bake it in the oven.
Now, they do say it is not dangerous, but I personally see too many studies on dangerous substances through my work, that I’m highly suspicious about that claim. Thus I don’t feel comfortable about baking it in the same oven as where I prepare food in. Buying a separate oven to try it out, however seems a bit much too, in my opinion.
Then I read about air dry clay. This does exactly what the name says, it dries by itself, without needing to be baked.
There are different types of this clay, which could easily be bought from a craft store. The clay I’m most curious about however is porcelain clay.
Porcelain clay is a clay you can make yourself using easily available ingredients: corn starch, white glue, baby oil or other vegetable oil and vinegar or lemon juice.
As far as I’ve seen, there are two methods to achieve a clay with these ingredients. The first is just mixing everything until you reach the right consistency. The second method is the same, but adding a heat source like a stove or microwave oven.
I would really like to try this out, but I already have so much on my plate at the moment that I’m trying to restrain myself. I can’t afford another hobby, lol. When will they propose a 5-day weekend?? 🙂
Have you ever heard of porcelain clay? Or have you ever tried it out?