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That was a very well done explanation of your theory. You made me an instant believer and I’m changing my baking approach immediately. Thank you so much for taking the time to – not only answer my question – but to answer it so completely and with the scientific bent. That truly helped me. Again thanks. ~Jim-P >> This comment was originally posted here: Baking Polymer Clay

WOW! Thank you ALL so much! Thank You for your kind words about my hearts and Thank You for your WONDERFUL ideas and suggestions!! I had no idea that Ultra Light Sculpey expands as it bakes but that makes so much sense as to why the hearts are cracking. This is the best family ever! I can’t wait to be able to show you what they are really supposed to look like when I follow your wonderful suggestions. God Bless You All! Thank you so much Cindy! I sure am glad I found your site! ~Cheryl-V >> This comment was originally posted here: Cracking Heart Beads

Thank you SO much for the reply!! This has been honestly, the most helpful (and awesome!) polymer clay website I’ve found thus far! I’ll be sure to pick up an oven thermometer this weekend. I’m just very happy for this cornstarch method. ~Cordy-F >> This comment was originally posted here: How to Bake Polymer Clay

Thankfully I have not had problems with baking because I follow your Cindy’s methods. I think the my good results are due to using an oven thermometer and baking way longer than recommended. I bake everything at least an hour, longer if I am cooking thick beads. ~Anna-S >> This comment was originally posted here: How To Bake Polymer Clay Properly

I did make some Puffy beads . Tiny Butterflies for ear rings, they came out ok and I was fascinated by how they puffed. Not ready to show yet, but think that was a great Tut. P.S. I always bake everything now for 1 Hr, I find it is better. Bye love to all. ~Elizabeth-K >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tutorials

All the time my medallion was baking I was hoping I had gotten all the air bubbles out. I had wanted to turn it upside down but new that wasn’t the answer. I never thought of the cornstarch. I will have to keep that in mind. I certainly would have rested easier while it was cooking with your method. So much to learn and great fun trying. ~Joyce-M >> This comment was originally posted here: Baking Polymer Clay Beads

Phaedrakat – Thanks so much for the response. I baked the project longer and it seems to have cured. This web site is fantastic. So much information. I was so worried about cooking the clay to long. I have learned a lot. Tomorrow is show. Hopefully the judge will be impressed. ~Carla-J >> This comment was originally posted here: Sculpey Clay Craft Projects

Hi! Stumbled onto your site when surfing about pasta machine motors. Wow, what a find! I’ve been into PC off and on for quite a few years and I’m currently on a bender, if you know what I mean. This particular topic had me thinking about my situation. I bought a toaster oven many years ago and tried to use it to bake PC. My problem was I could never get the temperature to stabilize enough to get consistent results and ended up with lots of failures (weak pieces, burnt, fuming…) so, I still own it but I haven’t used it in years, for anything. I currently bake my PC stuff in an enameled covered roasting pan in my kitchen oven. I realized that I never removed the pizza stone I keep in there and this may be why I’ve had such consistent results. You see, I keep the stone in there to keep the oven temp from fluctuating wildly whenever the door is opened. This works very well for baking food. I would like to try using a stoneware tile or something similar in my toaster oven (something that would fit in the bottom of the oven) to achieve the same effect. ~Clarissa-G >> This comment was originally posted here: Baking Beads

Thanks! Now I won’t ruin any flat pieces I make. ~Lani-R >> This comment was originally posted here: Baking Flat Polymer Clay

Making faux opals is what first got me interested in polymer clay. Haven’t made any yet, but have been playing with clay for a few days now and I’m hooked. Now, if I could only figure out how long to bake my pieces for them to be properly cured, I’d be happy! If a piece is 1/8″ thick, fifteen minutes doesn’t seem to be long enough. I’ve only done three bakings. The first time, the beads (white/pearl mixture) darkened from too much heat. The second and third times, the pieces weren’t baked long enough, I think, as they were still flexible after they cooled. My toaster oven temp really varies a lot, and takes forever (nearly 20 minutes) to preheat, although putting a couple of ceramic tiles in the bottom seems to help it to hold the temperature better. I guess I should really subscribe to your lessons, Cindy.  Your blog is excellent. ~Sue-W >> This comment was originally posted here: Faux Jewellery from Polymer Clay

I’ve had the clay breakdown around the holes of some of my beads and the problem always was that they were not cured enough. Sometimes I bake things twice just to be sure. Thank you Bette for your questions and sharing your problem and thank you Cindy for caring enough to answer. ~Melinda-H >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Bracelet Project

Thanks cindy for the lower temp. longer bake advice. tried it, nervously, and it worked! Have tried jade before and wasn’t too impressed but this method is different, use of alcohol ink etc. so will have a go. Many thanks. ~Christine-L >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Video Tutorials

Long ago I started looking at burnt clay as an opportunity, LOL! When thrown in the Lortone and glossed with Future, you’d be surprised at the color variations and texture. Darkening in the oven is my biggest obstacle right now, think it might be because I am using old supplies of transparent clay. Always try to throw a dab of white in most stuff because it makes colors pop. Cindy posted a comment about soaking pieces in bleach. Tried it, and was thrilled with the results… even the darkened transparent ghost canes came out just as I intended in the first place. Love tips like that, saves me money. ~Jocelyn-C >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Videos

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