How Long Do You Bake Your Beads? How’s that Working For You?
Rules are sometimes meant to be broken. And when it comes to baking polymer clay beads, this is no exception!
I have been reading about polymer clay artists that bake their polymer clay beads for twice as long as it says on the package. They say this makes a much stronger bead.
Being kind of impatient, I had never really given this idea a try. I just baked the beads for as long as the manufacturer suggested, and then took them out when they were done. But I’ve been having a few problems with some of my beads breaking and cracking. So I thought I would give the extended bake time a try. And guess what? It works!!
Instead of baking my polymer clay beads for the recommended 30 minutes, I baked them for 1 hour. Please note that it is very important to still bake your beads at the right temperature for the clay, or it will burn. So don’t break that rule!
My polymer clay beads came out rock hard. You could tell they were harder even on the round beads. And because they were harder, they sanded easier and buffed to a much smoother finish!
Holy cow!!! Why did I wait so long to try this? Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be impatient.