Making polymer clay
To make polymer clay at home, try to find the PVA glue that contains the word” plasticizers”. Usually this ingredient is found in glue, which is designed for carpentry and furniture work. In a bowl, mix one glass of PVA glue and just as much cornstarch. Stir with a spoon the resulting mass. Pour 1 tbsp of Vaseline oil and glycerol. Stir again.
Instead of cornstarch, potato starch can be taken to make “cold porcelain”. The finished polymer clay will be with a slightly grayish hue, but if you plan to color it, it can be neglected.
Pull the prepared mass out of the bowl onto a Teflon pan. You should have a separate frying pan for such works. You can’t cook food on it afterwards. Put her on the smallest fire. Immediately start stirring the polymer clay with a wooden blade. After one or two minutes, the mass will begin to stick to the scapula. Peel it against the edge of the pan and heat it again. Wash the little lumps until all the homemade clay comes together in one large com. Scrape everything off the pan with a shoulder blade. This is easy to do while the mass is hot.
On the cutting board, pull a plastic bag or wrap it in a food film. Put the resulting “cold china” on it. The mass is not much hot and it can be fleshed out with bare hands. If you’re not comfortable, put on tight rubber gloves.
Carefully knead the dough material. It turns out resilient and well-drawn. If homemade polymer clay sticks to your hands, powder it lightly with cornstarch. If you outlasted the “cold porcelain” on the stove, it can turn out hard and crumbling. Try to save it by interfering with some greasy hand cream or Vaseline.
Dyeing and storage
To dyeing this type of clay, use oil paints and dry food dyes. You cannot add acrylic paints because they are water-based. From that, the clay will wet. Do not make colored at once a large piece of homemade porcelain, it loses its plastic qualities when it lies. Therefore, paint only the required work volume for crafts.
Original shades can be obtained if you add a small piece of lipstick to the clay. It should be carefully mashed to turn out even coloring.
Ready “cold porcelain” wrap tightly in a plastic bag and put in a plastic container with a lid. Store it at room temperature. No need to put clay in the fridge. When you use polymer clay to sculpt the work, take the necessary piece of material, then close the rest immediately with film, then the clay will not dry.