Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tutorial: How to Burn Polymer Clay

This is a great way to really ruin a project.

What you will need:
Polymer Clay
An oven

Step 1: Spend time shaping and molding the polymer clay until you have created a masterpiece.
Step 2: Accidentally set your oven on a very high temperature. Place polymer clay on a baking sheet inside the oven.
Step 3: Wait until you smell something odd... kinda like burnt plastic.
Step 4: Rush to the oven to retrieve your work. It should be a nice shade of brown or black, and perhaps misshapen.

Ha ha... I thought I would share this tutorial as a warning to what happens when polymer clay is overheated.

That last photo is actually of 2 little pulls or keychains I was making. They started out as nice little circles with letters imprinted. Oh, and they were bright purple and blue. Then, I thought my oven had cooled enough after I had baked some food, so I put the polymer clay in. Well, in about 10 minutes, the polymer clay had turned that color and smelled really bad. And, one of the pieces blew up in size... not sure why just one did.

Anyway, be careful when you bake polymer clay.


  1. This is hilarious! I am sorry you ruined your project though!

  2. Thanks for the warning, better luck next time...

  3. Oh no, that's got to be frustrating!!! Makes for a great story though!!!!

  4. Add to that all of it happening in a Houston, TX, motel room with a bunch of visiting claymates and an inexpensive toaster oven and you my 2001 tale of how to burn polymer clay.

  5. oops! sounds like it's pretty easy to do.
    your owls are really cute :)

  6. Aww, sorry! Thanks for sharing though, at least I now know that I'm not the only one who does things like that!

  7. what a day you are having. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thankfully I haven't managed to burn my polymer clay yet but I sure given time it will happen. Thanks for sharing. :0)

  9. oh no! lol! this is really funny, but also kind of sad :)

    Thanks so much for your comments! Good luck in the giveaway! There will be many more on my blog in the next few weeks!

    Thanks, Katie

  10. Hehehe you are so funny! Love the screwed up face, smelling the bad smell. Hope you have better luck next time and don't forget to use an oven thermometer! :-) ~Cindy

  11. Funny stuff! I have done the same thing...even on the right temperature. That clay is a little touchy sometimes!


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