Member Benefits 043-4: Tips Baking

Polymer Clay Membership SiteWell, not only am I learning about polymer clay baking, but how to possibly fix my cookies as well!  Never thought about why that happens. I love to cook, have actually catered from time to time, so I am learning not only about clay, but cooking as well. I knew there was a reason I found this website. Would love to know how you figured this out. What a guru! ~Karen-O >> This comment was originally posted here: Baking Flat Polymer Clay Pieces

I, too do pretty well with baking as I follow Cindy’s recommendations almost to the letter. I did recently have one of those “necessity is the mother of invention” moments, though.  A few months back I transported my baking oven to Albuquerque to attend a workshop. I guess travel damaged the thermostat because my first baking attempt when I got home resulted in a total bead burn, and nothing I did could prevent the problem. Now to preface the rest of my story I need to tell you that  long ago I made a promise to my husband that I would not bake clay in the oven that cooks our food, a promise that I have kept (sort of). Wanting to finish the current project I decided to try baking in my Nesco roaster oven (you know those small table top roasters you can buy for $30 or so that are big enough to roast a turkey). It worked beautifully and has become my oven of choice. Like Anna, I like to bake way longer that the recommendations and maybe because there is no direct element I can do that without any risk of burning. I still follow all of Cindy’s  recommendations but lower the temp a bit. Maybe it’s not for everyone but since you asked for stories I thought I would throw mine in. ~Elizabeth-S >> This comment was originally posted here: Baking Polymer Clay

I was not disappointed, this is a great tute! Love, love, love the idea of baking the entire portion of cane and then slicing when hot, as I always have problems with “mushed” slices for beads (too impatient to let the cane cool down after manipulating it!).  This will be a very lovely bead and next week’s parrot tulip looks marvelous as well! Very happy with this tute; thanks, Cindy and Doug! ~Becky-C >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Cane Making Tutorials

Well, I burned my beads for the first time. Didn’t keep an eye on the thermometer. They were fuchsia and I used a texture sheet and African Bronze Guilder’s paste. First time I really played with various techniques. So, I’ll be making a new batch tomorrow. And watching the thermometer like a hawk. Thank you Cindy and fellow clayers for all the good advice. Now, I’ve just got to follow that advice! ~Trudy-M >> This comment was originally posted here: When Baking Beads, It’s OK to Sometimes Break the Rules

Thank you for sharing all these results with us! Getting the Kato clay out and firing up the oven this weekend, and you just saved me a ton of work and time! ~Jocelyn-C >> This comment was originally posted here: Cornstarch and Baking Polymer Clay Beads

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