Polymer clay will not air dry. It must be baked in an oven or toaster oven to become permanently hard. You can create the most amazing thing with polymer clay, but if it melts, burns or break because it’s undercooked or overcooked – it’s just too sad.
It is recommended to place your pieces on smooth ceramic baking tiles. Or you can use any sort of oven proof dish or tray. You can also spread some white flour to serve as a good cushion for your creation to prevent flat, shinny spots while baking the polymer clay. It is also a good practise to always stay around to watch while your polymer clay is baking, don’t leave it unattended.
I use a Clay & Craft Oven by Amaco, created specifically for baking polymer clay. It turns off automatically when the built in timer goes off, which is a real plus to prevent scorching or burning the clay. If you don’t have a convection oven, you can also use a regular oven, either gas or electric.
Baking times and temperatures will be different for different clay brands. So follow the instruction or enquire about the information from your seller to fully cure your clay. The length of time you bake a piece will be determined by how thick is the clay, and the number of items on the baking sheet.
Always use a timer when you’re baking your polymer clay. If it does burn, remove it from the oven with a potholder and place it outside. Do not breath the fumes.
Don’t bake polymer clay items and food in the same oven at the same time. Although polymer clay is rated safe and non-toxic, while it is baking, the clay does produce fumes, which is unpleasant to smell and some people are sensitive to.
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