is using a toaster oven for fimo clay recommened?

is using a toaster oven for fimo clay recommened?

Post by Woodson H. Farra » Sun, 03 Oct 1999 04:00:00



My wife is new to fimo clay and is enjoying it quit a bit - but we are
wondering if we should invest in a toaster oven instead of using our regular
oven?  Does anyone use a toaster oven and can give some recommendations?


Thanks,
Woody

 
 
 

is using a toaster oven for fimo clay recommened?

Post by DABla » Sun, 03 Oct 1999 04:00:00


I would definitely recommend getting a toaster oven.  There are several
advantages:

--keeps the kitchen cooler than using a big oven, and uses less electricity
--you can put it in the garage, outdoors, or in another room if the smell of
     some of the clays bothers you
--you can avoid any build-up from the plasticizer on the walls of your oven;
     some people say they have no trouble with this, others do; some people
     believe a large amt. of build-up can have a deleterious effect on food
later
     baked in the oven, some don't (or you can bake in a turkey-baking bag
     or covered roaster in the big oven)
--is portable if you want to do clay somewhere else
--doesn't tie up the big oven if you want to bake food at the same time

Just be sure to get a ($5) oven thermometer and use it to make sure that your
toaster oven's dial is correct, and that your oven doesn't spike the temp.
really high (they may all spike somewhat the first few minutes until they get
up to temp); also, don't buy a "self-cleaning" toaster oven since they really
can really spike.  If your wife wants to bake anything too large for the
toaster oven, she can always use the big one occasionally (and BTW, get the
tallest oven you find for your price range).  

I'll send you other info on polymer clay by e-mail :-) . . .

Diane B.

 
 
 

is using a toaster oven for fimo clay recommened?

Post by diffe » Sun, 03 Oct 1999 04:00:00


I'm new to this also...BUT...I've been told a toaster oven doesn't distribute
the heat evenly?!?!?  In a toaster oven you have more chance of burning or
undercooking.  I'm sure more experienced polymer users will explain it better.
-Tonya D.
Quote:

> My wife is new to fimo clay and is enjoying it quit a bit - but we are
> wondering if we should invest in a toaster oven instead of using our regular
> oven?  Does anyone use a toaster oven and can give some recommendations?


> Thanks,
> Woody

 
 
 

is using a toaster oven for fimo clay recommened?

Post by bubble » Sun, 03 Oct 1999 04:00:00


don't INVEST in a toaster oven....a working toaster oven can be found at the
thrift shop for somewhere in the neighborhood of 3-10 dollars, depending on the
store.  as for even heat, use a decent oven thermometer, not the oven dial to
adjust your temps accurately.

love,
bubbles

Quote:

> I'm new to this also...BUT...I've been told a toaster oven doesn't distribute
> the heat evenly?!?!?  In a toaster oven you have more chance of burning or
> undercooking.  I'm sure more experienced polymer users will explain it better.
> -Tonya D.


> > My wife is new to fimo clay and is enjoying it quit a bit - but we are
> > wondering if we should invest in a toaster oven instead of using our regular
> > oven?  Does anyone use a toaster oven and can give some recommendations?


> > Thanks,
> > Woody

 
 
 

is using a toaster oven for fimo clay recommened?

Post by DABla » Mon, 04 Oct 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>BUT...I've been told a toaster oven doesn't distribute
>the heat evenly?!?!?  In a toaster oven you have more chance of burning or
>undercooking.

SOME toaster ovens may have hot spots (and it's easier to get *larger* clay
items too close to the heating elements in a toaster oven--that's when you want
to use your large oven).  But most toaster ovens seem to be fine, and well
worth it when the other advantages are considered.  

(A good way to check a toaster oven for hot spots is to place equal-size balls
or flat pellets of clay --somewhat light-colored-- in a grid on your baking
surface.  Bake for the recommended time for that thickness, and see if you get
any especially dark pieces.  It's possible but usually unlikely that you'll
find you have a real problem.  If you find just a small amt. of excessive
darkening, try placing a small aluminum baking container upside down over the
items to diffuse the heat.)

Diane B.

 
 
 

is using a toaster oven for fimo clay recommened?

Post by The Polymer Clay Pi » Mon, 04 Oct 1999 04:00:00



writes

Quote:
>I'm new to this also...BUT...I've been told a toaster oven doesn't distribute
>the heat evenly?!?!?  In a toaster oven you have more chance of burning or
>undercooking.

They seem to be pretty variable. I have used one for years and I am very
happy with it. The main problem is that unlike with a big oven, the
heating elements are so close to the clay so if you put a tall piece in,
the elements in the oven roof may only be just above the top of the
clay. When they turn on periodically to keep the oven up to temperature,
they may scorch the clay. A foil "hat" over the clay can help prevent
this. Just be wary of putting big things in a toaster. Smaller pieces
are fine.

The other problem is the big heat surge you get when you first turn it
on which can grill (that is in British terminology - broil in US) the
clay. To avoid this, I just wait until the light goes out that tells me
it is up to heat and I can see the elements have stopped glowing. Then I
put my pieces in.

If you take care with the above, a toaster oven is a wonderful boon for
the reasons Diane says!

Sue

--
Sue Heaser

http://www.heaser.demon.co.uk

 
 
 

is using a toaster oven for fimo clay recommened?

Post by Charles Nage » Fri, 08 Oct 1999 04:00:00


I've been successfuly using a toaster oven --$3.00 at the St. Vincent's
store-- for years.  The trick is to invest in a REALLY GOOD oven
thermometer and carefully calibrate the temperature, and re-check often!
Although the family oven does allow for large-scale pieces, I'm just too
concerned about health issues to risk curing polymer clay in the same oven
I use for food.

Charlie

Quote:

> My wife is new to fimo clay and is enjoying it quit a bit - but we are
> wondering if we should invest in a toaster oven instead of using our regular
> oven?  Does anyone use a toaster oven and can give some recommendations?


> Thanks,
> Woody

 
 
 

is using a toaster oven for fimo clay recommened?

Post by LeighD » Fri, 08 Oct 1999 04:00:00


      I would not put anything in a toaster oven. I was showing some kids how
to work with polymmer clay. I used a toaster oven that night. Bad move.        
                                               If you have a Oven use it. Its
not going to hurt your to cook in it after. Just make shure you clean it if you
burn something.
 
 
 

is using a toaster oven for fimo clay recommened?

Post by DABla » Sat, 09 Oct 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
> I would not put anything in a toaster oven. I was showing some kids how
>to work with polymmer clay. I used a toaster oven that night. Bad move. . .  

Gee I'm not sure what you're saying here . . . lots of folks use toaster ovens
(including me) and have no problems at all (as long as we check the temp
first).  Do you mean that you think the kids would try to use the toaster oven
by themselves, and could bake at too high a temp?

Diane B.