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Post by bbbea » Mon, 10 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Hi. I'm new to this site, but I need your help. I just started
doing small figures with sculpey III and I always bake them in
my oven. I want to make more to sell at craft sales etc. But am
wondering if a kiln can be used or if anyone has or does use
one? I just wonder if I should be using my oven for this very
often. Any comments about the kiln would be appreciated. Thanks.


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Post by Gran » Tue, 11 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Some people prefer an oven dedicated to polymer clay, just to be extra safe.
Toaster ovens work just fine but can sometimes heat rather unevenly.  I use
the gas oven in my kitchen, but I know that a lot of people really like
convection ovens, as they heat very evenly, are portable, relatively
inexpensive and can fire pretty large pieces, especially if you put it on
end.  There have been a number of discussions on this forum before both in
regards to safety in using your kitchen oven, and in regards to the variety
of other ovens out there.  You could probably track down the discussion
threads on  Good luck.

Grant Diffendaffer
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Post by Diane Blac » Tue, 11 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Hi and welcome to the newsgroup!

You certainly don't need or want a kiln for polymer clay! . . . polymer
clay will burn at temps over about 325, and at 380 degrees will emit
horrible smoke that's not good for your lungs.  Kilns get a *lot* hotter
than that.

If you're concerned about having enough room to do lots of baking, most
people just bake batch after batch rather than worrying about getting
something larger.  A lot of people like convection ovens too, but there're
not really necessary.  

I have loads of info on polymer clay (with more to come) on my new website (link in sig.)  You may be interested in clicking on the
category called BAKING especially.  Have fun and keep us posted on what
you're doing!

Diane B.