KB China Paints


These are old-fashioned China paints, similar to those used in the early days. Important: Do not under fire china paints! They will either rub off or be chalky matte! Fire all china paints to cone 018. If you wish to matt down a rose skin color, mix it with Skin Tone # 1 (Rose Velours) - not with a matting agent - for a lovely finish. China paints will look best on porcelain fired to maturity. Underfired porcelain will result in chalky looking painting!

The china paints listed in our shop can all be fired safely from Junior Orton Cone 019 (about 690°C - 1279°F) to Junior Orton Cone 018 (about 730°C -1386°F). Although some colors will also take a higher temperature, pink colors might turn blueish when fired higher than cone 018.

None of the colors should be fired lower than cone 019. The color might not develop properly at that low temperature and rub off after the firing.

White Satin

A beautiful white with a satin sheen formulated especially for eye highlights. Can also be used for teeth, socks etc. Has excellent covering properties (but will not whiten colored porcelain totally). It will remain white after firing!


Yellow Red

A brilliant, glossy orange wonderful for many German dolls. Add from 25 % up to 100 % of Lip Help to soften and opacify the color as desired. Compatible with other china paints.


Teal Blue

A smoky grey blue with a touch of green. Excellent for painted eyes (especially Kämmer & Reinhardt dolls) in the classic antique style. It is a wonderful color for modern doll eyes and perfect for the DPD technique

Royal Blue

A very intense, true "Royal Blue" used for painted eyes, and which was especially developed for the bonnet on the Heubach boy. Fairly easy to apply smoothly. (Most dark blue color are not very easy to paint with).


Rose Red

A very soft, pale true rose color that is remarkably constant during firing and barely changes color. It is the color of choice for the first coat of French doll lips. Add Pompadour Red SATIN or Cheek Tone # 1 for the darker shading. Do not fire this color higher than cone 018.


Rose Carmine – Gold Based

Beautiful deep  gold-based Rose Carmine, firing range 730°C to 800°C (1346°F – 1472°F). Add to overall washes (Skin Tone # 1, # 2 and # 4) or cheek colour (Cheek Tone # 1 and 2) for an added bluish rose tone – always make a test firing first! Add Flux # 3 for extra gloss (max. 25% Flux - colour will be paler) Add a maximum of 30% Matter-X to matt the color down (color will be darker).

Pompadour Red Satin

Color as for Pompadour Red, but a semi-matte finish. Mix into the lip paint for achieving a slightly darker shading and painting the accent lines (especially French dolls).


Pompadour Red

A very strong, deep red glossy color, good as a mixer for lip shading for glossy lips. Also used for cheeks in modern dolls but in that case, add about 10 % Flux if used on the unpainted fired porcelain surface.


Matter X

Effective matting agent for all on-glaze colors (China paints) – maximum quantity 30%. Please keep in mind that matt colors appear darker than glossy colors and  any imperfection in the paint application is more noticeable with matt colors than with glossy ones.



A matting down agent that will matt most colors (though not all equally well - no one agent will do that) and is quite easy to use. Works best with all rose, pink and orange colors. Please note, that all matting agents will make china paint a little "tacky" as it changes the texture. Use between 10 % for  a matting down effect. Always test fire mixture first!


Lip Help

This is specially formulated to opacify and soften lip color, to minimize the appearance of imperfect lip color application, to slightly matt down lip color without having it appear chalky, to achieve g good coverage of the lip color without having to intensify the color itself. It can also be added to our blue eye colors for an opacifying effect. Depending on the effect you wish to achieve, add from 25 to 100 % to your lip or eye color. Adding equal parts of Lip Help and Rose Red will achieve the exact tone and texture of a Bébé Jumeau doll. The more Lip Help you add, the harder it is to paint with the color!

Lid Shadow

A beautiful deep lavender. Gold-based and therefore harder to paint than other colors. Used sparingly it will be fairly easy to apply for lid shadows. Matt to satin sheen. Mix it 1 : 1 with cheek Tone # 1 for a lilac-rose lid color (as found in French dolls like Bru and Jumeau).


Grey Satin

Wood-ash grey color suitable for pale, grey lashes (like many German dolls). Matt low sheen. Easy to paint


Flux #3

Melting point 730 °C – 830 °C (1346 °F – 1526 °F) . For all gold-based colors (like purple, carmine, lilac etc.). Do not add more than 30% to a color. Adds gloss and lightens the color.


Flux #1

Melting point about 750 °C – 830 °C (1382°F - 1526°F). Do not add more than maximum 30% to the color. For all colors except gold based ones (like purple, carmine, lilac etc). Adds gloss and lightens the color.

Black Satin

n intense black color with a satin sheen. Easy to pint with. The preferred color for French doll lashes. Mix it with Grey SATIN for a more matt finish and a softer color. Use sparingly.


Black Gloss

A very intense, highly glossy black. Great for painted shoes.


Copper Dust

As described for Gold Dust but with a distinct copper glow. Mixed with china paints, it can lend them a coppery hue.


Gold Dust

A gold powder that lends a subtle golden glow to the fired surface. Can be used to achieve great effects on either porcelain bisque or glazed porcelain. It does not have to be painted over a glazed surface to achieve the beautiful gold glow, although it is more effective  over a glaze. Mix it with china paint for a subtle gold shimmer. Gold Dust was just mixed with medium and dabbed on with the sponge for the buttons (Project in Gildebrief 3/07). You can also paint with china paint, fire and then add a layer of Gold Dust, or vice versa.


Fish Silver

This is a white, glittery powder that will lend a subtle mother-of-pearl glow to the surface. Use it alone or mixed with china paint. It can be successfully applied either on an unglazed (bisque) surface or over a glaze. Mix it with medium and dab it on with a sponge for a lovely effect.