Am I on track?

Am I on track?

Post by cynthia gentr » Thu, 14 Nov 1996 04:00:00



Well, I'm a newbie and have been lurking and learning (thanks!)  I baked
my first experimental pieces yesterday.  Got the convection oven.
Got the oven-temp thingie.  Made sure it was at around 270.  Used
Fimo.  Baked for half an hour--the pieces were thin, about 1/8 inch
or largest pasta machine setting (got that too :-)....Pieces still
came out kind of ***y, like hard leather, and slightly
flexible.  Is this how the clay turns out or should it be harder,
like conventional clay?  Ummm, what should I do?

 
 
 

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Post by ka.. » Fri, 15 Nov 1996 04:00:00


Cynthia... I think your pieces are ***y because they are so thin.... I don't
bake at that high of a temperature... but I really don't think that's the issue
here anyway...

Try a s***piece about twice that thick - same temp and time... and then
compare...

You're on the right track and doing beautifully... hang in HERE and you'll
learn TONS!

HUGS!  Katie
    > Well, I'm a newbie and have been lurking and learning (thanks!)  I baked
    > my first experimental pieces yesterday.  Got the convection oven.
    > Got the oven-temp thingie.  Made sure it was at around 270.  Used
    > Fimo.  Baked for half an hour--the pieces were thin, about 1/8 inch
    > or largest pasta machine setting (got that too :-)....Pieces still
    > came out kind of ***y, like hard leather, and slightly
    > flexible.  Is this how the clay turns out or should it be harder,
    > like conventional clay?  Ummm, what should I do?

 
 
 

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Post by LNSOBSESSIO » Fri, 15 Nov 1996 04:00:00


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Quote:
> Fimo.  Baked for half an hour--the pieces were thin, about 1/8 inch
> or largest pasta machine setting (got that too :-)....Pieces still
> came out kind of ***y, like hard leather, and slightly
> flexible.  Is this how the clay turns out or should it be harder,
> like conventional clay?  Ummm, what should I do?

Sounds right to me. FIMO will be flexible if it is thin enough. What is
great about that is that you can bake a sheet and cut it up with
decorative scissors or decorative hole punches and then decorate unbaked
clay with it and then bake the whole thing all together.
--
Ellen Finkelsen (LN's Obsession)
 
 
 

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Post by Pauline Botelh » Fri, 15 Nov 1996 04:00:00


I had believed that Sculpey was not flexible, like Promat/Fimo, and was
brittle when baked, especially very thinly.  I did a test piece of
translucent Sculpey on the thinnest setting of my Pasta Machine, then
baked it and the piece was very bendable, not brittle at all.  Is it only
the translucent that is like this?  I noticed, it got a little yellow
while baking.  Donna Kato's last TV spot (HGTV) said to tent tanslucent
during baking to prevent darkening, etc.,  I did not get this tip soon
enough, however.  Any other exceptions to the Sculpey is brittle when
baked rule???
Pauline

 
 
 

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Post by Samantha McPherso » Fri, 15 Nov 1996 04:00:00


In article , cynthia says...
<snip>

Quote:
> Baked for half an hour--the pieces were thin, about 1/8 inch
>or largest pasta machine setting (got that too :-)....Pieces still
>came out kind of ***y, like hard leather, and slightly
>flexible.  Is this how the clay turns out or should it be harder,
>like conventional clay?  Ummm, what should I do?

Thin pieces like you described WILL remain flexible.  (afterall, this clay is
basically plastic)  Thicker pieces of clay will feel MUCH harder when baked.
And large, thin peices are going to be more flexible than small, thin pieces.
It sounds like you did everything right so I wouldn't worry about it, it's
normal.  However, if it's something that might be handled a lot someone
might be tempted to see just how flexible it is and end up breaking it!  


 
 
 

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Post by Mrs. Dorothy L. Mcmill » Fri, 15 Nov 1996 04:00:00


That's exactly the way your baked clay should be.  Not to worry.  
Thicker pieces, round beads, etc. will feel much harder.  
     Also, when still hot or warm, pieces are often bendable, but
don't.  The clay is still fragil and not completely cured until it's
cool.  It's very easy to break something.
     The different clays have different feels after baking.  Sculpey
is much more brittle than Fimo.  CFC is quite flexible in thinner
pieces.  Promat is flexible also.  Cernit is more brittle.
     You are are doing just great!  Keep on claying!

Dotty in CA

 
 
 

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Post by rtaylor.. » Sun, 17 Nov 1996 04:00:00


Sculpey is generally more brittle, but the translucent and the colors WITH
translucent (ie, the florescent looking ones) are much more flexible than
the rest.  With all the clays the translucent is more bendable.  Fimo
translucent can be so bendy that you can put a ***y dab of color in it,
make a long hollow tube bead (make it on a long skewer or small gauge
knitting needle) and then after baking you can bend it into a complete
circle, and put it on "memory" wire for a bracelet.
Lynelle