Baking Polymer Clay without Oven

Baking Polymer Clay Without Oven

Do you have a new polymer clay pastime that you're just starting started with? Discover our beginner's approach to baking polymer clay correctly. From enhancing baking heat settings to top tips and FAQs, we've got you covered. Continue reading for more information. 

The clay which we are taking as an example is Oytra Polymer Clay, but you can try this with others too. Below are some factors which you should keep in mind while baking any type of polymer clay.

Baking Oytra Polymer Clay Without Oven

For baking an Oytra Polymer Clay you need to decide the baking time and heat settings as they play a very crucial role. Your clay will start crumbling if the temperatures are too low and if temps are too high the outer side of clay will fuse and burn first, and then the center of the clay will be cooked. During baking, the clay should set uniformly and harden into hard plastic.

Do you really want to know how to bake Oytra polymer clay without an oven? And what heat settings do you need to bake Oytra polymer clay? The easiest method to find out is to read the baking directions on the polymer clay box. However, here is a short summary of the usual baking times and heat settings for Oytra polymer clay:

For a Soft Oytra Polymer Clay, the required temperature is about 110 degrees Celsius and the preparation time is 30 minutes. Actually, 110 degrees Celsius is the optimal temperature for the other two types: effect and professional. The leather effect is the only type where 130 degrees Celsius is the required temperature. All this data was for normal conditions, and there is a slight change in all these according to the condition of clay.

Timings will vary according to the width and size of the piece of clay you are baking, whether it is a jewelry bead, charm, or decoration. Measure the thickness of your polymer clay for more precise timing. With a jewelry bead, for example, you would measure the height (top to bottom) because this is the thickest section of the bead. Measure the depth with a charm (front to back). In the case of a sculpture, measure the piece's broadest point on the longitudinal axis. When it comes to baking times, the usual rule of thumb is that 6mm is the standard.

Standard norms for some sizes are given below:

                Size

                     Baking Time

 

          6 mili-meters

 

                 30 minutes

          9 mili-meters

                 45 minutes

          12mili - meters

                 60 minutes

  And so on... In general, baking for a little longer than necessary is preferable to not baking for long enough. If you reach the end of the recommended baking time and your piece is still somewhat soft, take it from the oven to cool to avoid burning it. Polymer is naturally very soft when first brought out, so it will probably firm a little more and may not require any further baking time after all. If not, re-insert it for a few minutes while keeping an eye on it. In fact, when baking polymer clay, you should never leave your cooking utensil unattended.

Okay enough with the rules and safety tips now, Let us start baking our Oytra Polymer Clay:

For baking, you will need a pan that you generally don’t use for cooking, an old dinner plate with a minimum 2-inch height, a small plate to place your charm and a bowl that is bigger than the base of the plate.

Now with all that you need to light up your stove and put the pan on it. After that place, the plate on the pan in an upside down position, the small base plate in the center, put your clay on the small plate, and cover it. Now bake the clay according to its size, or time is given on the packet.

Conclusion

After you've completed baking your polymer clay, you may decorate it any way you like, using paints or other finishes to create stunningly unique designs. You can start bringing your creations to life now that you know how to make polymer clay. You can check out the full range of polymer clay tools in case you don’t know how to start.