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  1. Dorothy Manna
    April 11, 2016

    Would the Reynolds brand Wrapper foil sheets be OK to use on clay projects? Also, I have always baked my clay pieces on a tile placed on the center rack of my oven. Seems to work great, but at times the piece seems to slightly stick to the tile. Any suggestion? Really love your site and have learned so much from it. Thanks

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    • Katie
      April 11, 2016

      Hi Dorothy! Thanks for visiting. You can use the wrapper foil sheets to COVER your clay, but do not set your clay on it to bake. In regard to your piece sticking to the tile, place a piece of printer paper on TOP of the tile, then place your project on top of the paper. The paper will not burn and your project will not stick. I hope this helps!

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  2. Clarissa
    April 8, 2016

    Never thought of the tiles in the toaster oven! Buying a few tomorrow. I just started working with polymer clay and hopefully this will help!

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  3. Charlotte
    March 21, 2016

    I have no idea clay can be baked. I thought clay is for the children to play. But now with help of your baking tips, I’ll try this.

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    • Katie
      March 22, 2016

      Please check your clay Charlotte. Not all clays can be baked. This article was written for polymer clay. Polymer clay is different than air-dry clay or paper clay.

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  4. Deanna barnes
    December 15, 2015

    Hi! I love your tips and tutes!!! My question is regarding the ceramic tiles. You mentioned that you put one on top
    …I was wondering if it on the top rack inside the oven on the top of the outside of the oven? Thanks so much for sharing your time and talents! :)

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    • Katie
      December 16, 2015

      Hi there! I have a marble tile on the TOP (outside) of my toaster oven. It covers the vent to keep heat from escaping too fast and cooling the oven too quickly.

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  5. Jenifer
    October 20, 2015

    Here’s a weird question. I had not heard about the temp is better higher rather than lower so after crisping a few pieces have been cooking at a lower than normal temp for double the recommended time (like a good Texas brisket is cooked ). Thick pieces are coming out fine but thin, delicate are crumbling so easily. So here’s my question, can I rebake pieces for your recommended 45 minutes at clay recommended temp or are they lost cause?

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    • Katie
      October 20, 2015

      Hi Jenifer! Thanks for asking. Polymer clay MUST be baked no LESS than the recommended temperature or it will be crumbly and brittle. Most brands of polymer clay are super strong after baking, when baked correctly. Your pieces could have been burning at the higher (recommended) temperature because they are 1) too close to the heating elements 2) your oven is spiking in temperature 3) you are mixing brands of clay that bake at substantially less temperature than others. I hope these tips help! Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Amber
    September 29, 2015

    Terrific article. I appreciate your tip on multiple baking times. I wasn’t doing the 10 mins the first time, because I don’t often know that I’m going to be baking a 2nd or 3rd time in the beginning. I was nervous about doing a longer bake in the end after having baked for 30 minutes the 1st time, but to assure what was added on in the end, still needed to. I’m always careful how items are covered, no problems thus far.

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  7. Lynda Luna
    May 28, 2015

    I am new at working with polymer clay and I’m not sure if anyone has already asked this, but is it possible to make paper weights with polymer clay? If so, does the clay have to be flat or can it be in a large ball (about the size of a cupcake or softball)? Please let me know if this is possible and if I would need to change anything with the baking temperature or time. Thank you.

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    • Katie
      May 29, 2015

      The possibilities with polymer clay are limitless. You can absolutely make paperweights. I would make an armature first. Then cover the armature with clay, bake, & you’re finished!

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  8. Lyn Boundy
    March 8, 2015

    May I ask a question here? I’m still very new to polymer clay and loving every minute but I still don’t seem to be able to get my baking consistently right. Because I find it hard to get a consistent temperature and was afraid of going too hot, I started out baking everything at probably a couple of degrees lower than ideal. Everything came out looking fine but I was afraid I might have problems down the line with brittleness so I asked a professional (I won’t name her) and she said it was better to bake at too high a temperature than too low and that my work wouldn’t burn as long as it was covered. She also said that she bakes for several hours regardless of size. Yesterday I tried to bake a piece that was about two inches at its thickest point. I baked it at around 264 degrees for 2.5 hours but it sill came out burnt and discoloured. Please can someone tell me what I am doing so wrong? Might it have made a difference that I checked the piece several times during baking (the burning happened at some time during the last hour and everything seemed okay up to that point)? I baked it on a ceramic tile with several pieces of paper under it and enclosed it in a disposable tin baking dish with another on top, the two of them held together with bulldog clips. Please can someone help as I am getting desperate! Thank you for reading.

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    • Katie
      March 10, 2015

      Lyn – It sounds to me like your clay is too close to the heating element. The person who told you that it is better to bake at too high than low is exactly right. If you bake clay too low is it brittle and will not have the strength it is supposed to have. The only thing that would cause this kind of scorching is the clay being too close to the heating elements. You should have no less that 1/2″ clearance from each heating element. Additionally, covering your item would also help.

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  9. brian
    February 9, 2014

    Thankyou! Was looking for baking tips that actually stated temps in F• or C•

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  10. Bev Allbright
    July 18, 2013

    Thanks so much for the tips. Until now I was afraid to bake my pieces multiple times. I can’t wait to try it out.

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  11. peelirohini
    January 25, 2013

    Great tips Katie, I wasn’t aware that covering with foil helps and neither knew about the tile tip..Thank You !!
    Yesterday night, I worked on two pieces for about 4 hours..from 9:30pm to 1:30 am..and burnt them in 10 mins:(
    I had accidentally turned the temperature setting to 400F while moving the oven ! my clay pieces stood no chance against that! Its painful when it happens .So making sure our oven settings haven’t accidentally changed since you last used before baking the clay is also a good idea :)

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  12. Debbie
    January 22, 2013

    I always cover with foil, too, since I have a rather small oven, but I did not know about the ceramic tile tip–thanks!

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    • Katie
      January 22, 2013

      You are welcome! It’s been the single best thing that I have done to help control the heat and fluctuations of temperature.

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  13. Trina (Trina’s Clay Creations)
    January 22, 2013

    Great baking tips here Katie, thanks for sharing!

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