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?
--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
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 :-) . . .
> > 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
(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.)
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!
10. Toaster oven?