Do you have questions about baking polymer clay? Not sure what oven to use, for how long, and what temperature to use? Worried about burning your creations? These are very common questions, especially when you’re new to working with polymer clay. Here’s a series of articles that I wrote to address these questions and much more about baking polymer clay.
Choosing an Oven to Bake Polymer Clay
Yes, it is perfectly safe to bake polymer clay in your home oven. There are reasons why you might choose to use a toaster oven or a convection oven, but you don’t have to. In many cases a home oven can be more reliable than a toaster oven, especially if it’s small and doesn’t have a good trustworthy temperature regulation. Read all about choosing the right oven for baking polymer clay in the article Part 1- Choosing a Polymer Clay Oven.
Selecting the Correct Temperature and Time
Different polymer clay brands recommend different baking temperature to ensure a complete cure. It is imperative that you bake your polymer clay at a sufficiently high enough temperature. Considering that many ovens are inaccurate and heat unevenly, it’s common for new polymer clay enthusiasts to burn or singe their first project. So they lower the temperature for the next batch and somewhere down the line realize that their work is brittle and begins to break. There are ways to protect the clay from browning, but because underbaked clay is weak, reducing the temperature is not the answer! Learn about why you need an oven thermometer and why you should always cure longer than you think in the article Part 2 – Baking Polymer Clay – Time and Temperature.
Tips and Tricks for Baking Polymer Clay
Once you have a dependable oven and are using the right temperature and time for baking your polymer clay project, there are still plenty of things to know. Like how to prevent browning? It is very important that you always cover your polymer clay to protect it from the heat of the oven’s element. Just like a piece of toast in your toaster, an oven’s element will cause your clay to get toasty brown if you don’t protect it. I always use a two simple aluminum foil pans, clipped together, to cover my clay. But there are many more tricks that will help you get good results. Read about using cornstarch, a ceramic tile, and find out if you can boil your polymer clay in the article Part 3 – Tips and Tricks for Baking Polymer Clay.
How Long to Bake Polymer Clay
It’s very common for new polymer clayers to notice that their polymer clay creations are flexible then they take them out of the oven. They see this an wonder if they baked it long enough. On the other hand, others find that their creations are always breaking and crumbling. What’s going on? How can you tell when you’ve baked your polymer clay long enough? Read Part 4 – How Long to Bake Polymer Clay.