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or just your regular oven? I've read so many different reports on what's the safest way that I'm getting confused!

Any words of wisdom you can offer?

Also, do you just bake them in a pan or do you use parchment, etc?

THANKS! :)

Posted at 8:01 pm Aug 26, 2008 EDT

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regular oven that's the marketing tool with it easy and convient to use parch paper? not sure , foil leaves it shiny do a test with a blob of clay and see what happens, get one pan and keep it for that use only (don't cook in it later:)

Posted at 8:08 pm Aug 26, 2008 EDT

I agree with stella , and always use my regular oven.

Posted at 8:13 pm Aug 26, 2008 EDT

So it's not really necessary to get a toaster oven?

Posted at 8:46 am Aug 27, 2008 EDT

ClayGreys says

I always use my regular oven.

Bake on a tile or a piece of cardstock if you don't want to bake on foil.

I always cover my pieces with foil (the clay doesn't touch the foil so it doesn't get shiny) so they don't 'burn'.

Posted at 8:57 am Aug 27, 2008 EDT

ClayGreys says

I have used a toaster oven, but didn't like it because my pieces were too close to the heating elements. Plus, it's too hard to control the temp in a toaster oven.

Posted at 8:58 am Aug 27, 2008 EDT

tinyminds says

i just use the oven too. while we talking cooking polymer clay tho if you bake a piece and then find (cause it was a bit too thick really) that it has not quite cured can you put it back in later? and if so would you cook it for the full time again or just for a little while?

(sorry to threadjack but almost the same topic!)

Posted at 9:01 am Aug 27, 2008 EDT

tangerined says

I use a convection toaster oven, sculpey thermometer, tinfoil tent over my pieces, blank white printer paper which keeps the bottoms from being shiny. I'll soon be experimenting with a ceramic dish, to better regulate heat.

I've read too many concerns about sculpey/pc to bake it anywhere near food. Plus, I have accidentally burned pieces a handful of times (which is where serious concern lies, the gasses released from a burning piece are toxic) so this way I can bake sculpey far away from the rest of the house.

It's more work sure, but I wouldn't risk it the other way.

Posted at 9:07 am Aug 27, 2008 EDT

I have the ameco craft oven, it looks like a toaster oven but it's NOT. It only goes up to 300 degrees and my clay always comes out baked perfect. I do use an oven thermometer when preheating it.

I got mine off the joann's website when it was on sale and they had a free shipping code day so it only cost me 39.99 compared to 59.99 plus shipping.

I love my oven. I use to use the regular oven but one we have electric stoves in FL and use up a lot of electric to be used a lot and two I was concerned about baking foods having read that the fumes stay stuck inside the oven that can get into your foods.

Posted at 9:11 am Aug 27, 2008 EDT

Oh I forgot I also have the ameco bead baking rack and use that with white blank index cards when baking.

Posted at 9:12 am Aug 27, 2008 EDT

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