Porcelain clay has been used to create delicate, beautiful works of art for centuries. Create miniature gift sculptures such as these holders for name cards.
Porcelain clay is a beautiful white clay whose use was first developed in China. Delicate tableware and sculptures and strong electrical insulators and laboratory equipment are made with clay. Porcelain has two natural parts: kaolin (a pure white clay that is a byproduct of feldspar) and petuntse (a kaolin found only in China). Research the long history of porcelain in China.
To recreate the look and feel of porcelain, try easy-to-use Crayola® Air-Dry Clay. For example, you can make small sculptures, such as these place card holders for meals with guests. Do your sculpting on a clean, dry surface.
For each holder, form flower petals with small ovals of clay. Press several petals of various sizes together to form each flower. Bunch several flowers into a small bouquet. Add leaves to the base. If the clay starts to dry as you work, just add a bit of water.
On a small ball of clay, press a flat bottom. Press your flowers onto this base. Use a note card to make an angled indentation for a place card. Air-dry for at least 3 days.
Cover your art area with newspaper. Paint your card holder with Crayola Watercolors and Watercolor Brushes. Use as many coats as you need to achieve a delicate, porcelain-like effect. Air-dry the paint between coats.
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