Cold Porcelain


This recipe is from fellow ICES member Eleanor Reilander, a master decorator and traveling teacher from South Africa.

Cold Porcelain


  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup white Elmer’s Glue
  • 5 Tablespoons baby oil
  • STURDY rubber spatula to stir! (I use Pampered Chef spatulas)


  1. 1. Place a NON-STICK saucepan on High to pre-heat while measuring out glue and baby oil.
  2. 2. Turn burner on Low and add baby oil. Slowly add cornstarch.
  3. 3. Cook and stir constantly until VERY STIFF.
  4. **If you have a helper-have them hold down the saucepan (with hot pads) while you stir! Yes, it gets THAT stiff!
  5. 4. Remove from heat and spread onto a plate to cool. Once it stops steaming, cover with plastic wrap.
  6. **Soak pan to clean, if necessary. Throw any scrapings into the trash-and NOT down your sink!!!
  7. 5. When completely cooled: add several blobs from a tube of artists’ Titanium White oil paint. Kneed well into cold porcelain.
  8. *If you do not use the white paint, the porcelain will dry to an undesirable translucent finish.
  9. If porcelain is too sticky: try cutting back the amount of baby oil used or simply work in more cornstarch.
  10. To color the cold porcelain: use artists’ oil paints.
  11. May store in ‘fridge for up to 6 months. (But make sure to label it “cold porcelain” so you won’t mix it up with gumpaste!)
  12. NONE!! This is a NON-EDIBLE medium!!!

Comments (5)


you would use this recceipe to make figurines or even flowers but once you use a mold for this reciepe you can use it for gumpaste.


Considering the ingredients, would you dare to put the flowers/figurines on a cake? I've seen glue, cold cream, and now baby oil, and I'd be afraid of some of those ingredients seeping into the frosting. I don't think I'd trust any of my molds with that stuff as I don't think you could wash it off well enough to use them with food products.

So other than creating flowers that seem to be rock hard, what's the application for this medium??

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