Questions tagged [polymer-clay]

For questions about modeling clay made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that is malleable until baked to harden. Popular brands include Sculpey and Kato

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Can I bake oven-bake clay with embedded lobster clasps?

I am making charms to maybe start a business. Can I bake my clay with the lobster clasp embedded in it? Or will I have to hot glue it?
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Can you bake a sculpture with a copper wire inside?

I am making a sculpture with a pure copper wire wrapped with polymer clay. Will I have problems baking this in the oven with a temperature of 120-13 degrees Celsius/ 248-266 degrees Fahrenheit?
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Baking polymer clay phone case

I've been trying to make a polymer clay cover for my phone case and have been having a horrible time. The baking directions say 275 but the plastic is melting and warping the case. I want it to be ...
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Should the hole in polymer clay beads be made before or after baking?

I want to make beads out of polymer clay. Is it a better idea to form the holes before baking, or drill them after? (I'm concerned about weird shrinkage or other effects around the hole during baking, ...
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Will I have problems with wire baked in oven baked clay?

I am planning an armature for use in stop motion. I will use 3 steel wires twisted together using a drill. I am planning to have oven-bake polymer clay (such as Sculpey of Fimo) on the wires. It ...
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How toxic is baking polymer clay?

I am considering starting to make beads with polymer clay; and would like to be able to bake it with out a new oven. So anyhow, what (if any) health risks would there be from baking polymer clay in ...
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How can I reconstitute old polymer clay?

I'm terrible at using my supplies in a timely manner (maybe a couple years late... sometimes more, sometimes less), so my polymer clay (generally Sculpey III or Super Sculpey) get a bit dried out, ...
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How can 'translucent' polymer clay become really translucent, if possible at all?

I have some 'translucent' polymer clay, which more looks like white than translucent. I hoped the baking process turned the clay translucent or transparent, but no luck. I made some very small objects,...
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Can I microwave polymer clay to harden it?

Boiling washes the color down, and baking polymer clay in a classic oven is troublesome in my situation. Can I use a microwave though? If so, what settings? Any precautions needed? (say, a glass of ...
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How can I keep my warm hands from making polymer clay too soft?

I have unnaturally warm hands, which heat up very quickly as I use them, to the point of sweating when playing video games or sculpting! This affects my polymer clay, because my hands make it too ...
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How do I determine optimal bake time for a polymer clay sculpture?

When making polymer clay sculptures, I often end up with pieces of varying thickness (e.g. thin at the edges, thick in the middle). How do I select an appropriate baking time to avoid burning delicate ...