Do not ever try to microwave your polymer clay. Sculpey Clay can be baked on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper or cardstock. Some people like to use ceramic tiles or glass that can serve as both a work and clay baking surface. It’s important to understand accurate Sculpey baking times.
How do you know when your polymer clay is done baking?
Bake for 15 minutes per quarter inch of thickness. For example, a piece of 1/2″ thickness should be cured for 30 minutes. To test the curing, try pressing the tip of your fingernail into the bottom of your piece after it has cooled; it will leave a mark but will not actually enter the clay.
How do you keep polymer clay flat when baking?
To prevent brown spots from oven spikes, tent your work with aluminum foil pans or an index card. To avoid flat spots on beads, bake them on quilt batting or a bead baking rack. You CAN bake your polymer clay more than once! This is a common practice for intricate pieces.
How can I bake polymer clay without an oven?
When you don’t want to cure clays that harden at a specific temperature in the oven, you can use a heat gun, hair dryer or heat-embossing tool set to the desired temperature. Place the polymer clay creation on a nonstick surface, such as a piece of ceramic tile or block of wood.
How long can polymer clay sit before baking?
It is suggested that thicker pieces be initially baked for 15 minutes, then another 5 minutes, another 5 minutes, etc. The clay needs at least 15 minutes to cure properly.
Can you bake polymer clay twice?
As long as you’re following the package instructions — and using an oven thermometer to maintain the proper temperature — you can bake polymer clay multiple times and complete a complicated piece in multiple steps.