Vid #006: Safety Tips for Baking Polymer Clay:
Yes even a soft, squishy and colorful compound like polymer clay has it’s own list of warnings and label cautions. But I think most people would agree that spending quality time with your clay is probably a heck of a lot safer than the morning or afternoon commute in rush hour traffic. Wouldn’t you agree? :)
Of course with polymer clay there’s the standard safety information about sensible use when it comes to working with sharp cutting blades and pointy tools. That’s the obvious stuff.
For today though, I’d like to talk about how to prevent your clay from burning during the baking process. Burned clay will create fumes that you really should not be breathing.
The very upper temperature limit for baking polymer clay is 350 degrees Fahrenheit but this varies from brand to brand (see further discussion about this in comments section below). I usually stay at around 265 degrees to be on the safe side.
And another polymer clay baking tip… It’s usually best not to rely on the temperature gauge or settings dial on your oven’s control panel. The heating elements in the oven wear out over time and that can cause inaccurate temperature readings. Use a separate oven thermometer instead. You can get them at pretty much any big box retail store these days.
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The full version of the “Polymer Clay Safety” preview video shown above, is included in my Polymer Clay Bead Making Fundamentals Course[SEE Video #6 of 39]. Besides information about how to bake polymer properly, I also discuss:
- Using dust masks when sanding your beads.
- Breathing metallic powders not so good.
- Microwaving clay… Not!
- Safety glasses and rotary tools… my “close call” story.
- Baby wipes not just for babies bottoms.
- Polymer clay safe for schools and children (certified non-toxic).
- Clay really doesn’t taste good. So don’t let your kids eat it!