Review: Sculpey Bake & Bend Oven Bake Polymer Clay

Sculpey Bake And Bend Polymer ClayVideo #509: Taking a look at the color mixing and baking properties of this “made-for-kids” brand of polymer clay.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • My first impressions of Sculpey Bake and Bend Clay.
  • Generally considered a kids polymer clay.
  • Convenient re-usable packaging.
  • Comes with plastic knife tool.
  • Kit includes 1 oz. blocks of Bake & Bend clay in 6 bright colors (Black, White, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green).
  • Colors can be mixed.
  • Colors are much darker and more muted when baked.
  • Clay is very sticky and soft.
  • Leaves color on hands.
  • Fingerprints easily (remove with rubbing alcohol).
  • Clay bakes at 285F (130C) for 20 minutes per 1/4″ (6mm).
  • I also tested at 40 minutes to see if it benefited from longer baking… it did not.
  • Samples baked for 20 minutes at 285F were: Flexible; Quite strong; Stretched but didn’t break; Crazed slightly when tied in knot; Darkened significantly; Pieces fairly difficult to pull apart; Slightly squishy.
  • Samples baked for 40 minutes at 285F were: Flexible but not as strong; Broke easily when stretched; Crazed significantly when tied in knot; Color darkened significantly; Pieces fairly easy to pull apart; More firm than sample baked for 20 minutes.
  • Would make an interesting flexible components in jewelry making.
  • Could be compatible with Premo clay, though I should have mentioned in video that since Premo is best baked for 1 hour and the Bake & Bend only 20 minutes… it would be best to bake your Premo piece for 40 minutes first, then add any Bake & Bend pieces and bake for an additional 20 minutes, to achieve optimal results for both clays.

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  1. Anna Sabina, 15 April, 2014

    Many people use Bake n Bend for custom texture sheet. The texture sheet is made on a thin setting, baked, it is flexible enough to go through the pasta machine with a a sheet of polymer clay.

  2. Cindy Lietz, 17 April, 2014

    Thanks for the tip Anna! I’ll have to try it for that!

  3. Hermine R, 16 April, 2014

    I love that clay to make molds and texture sheets. They stay flexible after curing.
    I use it also to make the extruder cords. Mixed half and half with premo makes it bendable and solid at the same time.

    Found good info from your video never used the clay the way you did.

    Have you tried their earaser clay? I have not had any fun using it with kids. It does not earase when I tried it. it smears colour on the paper instead.Bummer.

  4. Cindy Lietz, 17 April, 2014

    Hi Hermine, thanks for the tips! I haven’t tried eraser clay yet, but I have a pack of it to do some testing with. It is on the list for a future video. I was wondering myself, how it erased.

  5. Dixie Ann, 18 April, 2014

    Thanks for the tips on using this bake and bend for making texture sheets. I have use it to make bracelets and they did turn out quite nice. I did a copper wire wrap and it really dressed it up. Never thought of using it in the extruder but by golly I am going to try that!
    As always Cindy, you come up with the best tips and videos.

  6. Tracey D, 04 May, 2014

    Hi Cindy,

    I really enjoy your tutorials, they are so informative. Have you ever tried to use polymer clay with crystal clay at all? I am wondering if the 2 would react if used together. There has been a few occasions when having made something with polymer clay I have been tempted to add certain components using a bit of crystal clay because of its holding/sticking properties (to baked polymer, not raw) just wondered if you had tried it.

    Keep up the good work :)

    Thanks
    Tracey

  7. Cindy Lietz, 18 May, 2014

    Hi Tracy, I have heard of Crystal Clay, though I haven’t tried it yet. If it is similar to other epoxy clays, it should be ok with polymer clay, though it would need to be tested to be sure. It is on my list of stuff to try.

  8. Tiffany J, 18 May, 2014

    If I Bake The PC For 60 minutes @ 265F – 275F , would it burn , i already bake some pc and want to bake again for 20 more mins and 265F because ithink the clay was uncure because Its breaking , HELP Please

  9. Cindy Lietz, 20 May, 2014

    Hi Tiffany if you use and oven thermometer and keep the clay at the temp that is recommended on the pack (Premo is 275F) and you tent your pieces (type tenting into search box to learn more), then you can bake your piece for 1 hour and it won’t burn. You can definitely bake your pieces again, if you are worried that they might not be cured properly. To learn more about baking, use the search box at the top of the page there is tons of info on this blog that will help you. If you haven’t done it yet, I would recommend purchasing my Beginners Course. That will help you improve your work quickly.

  10. Tone A, 20 May, 2014

    Omg wow. I just bought some polymer fimo clay and i want to start making designer jewelry, your youtube channel got all the tips and tricks i need to know and i am so happy that i subscribed. Thanks so much for taking the time to make these videos, it means alot to newbies like myself and also for advanced. Much love from Norway

  11. Tom Gibson, 19 July, 2014

    Thank you for your review of Bake & Bend. It was very informative and it didn’t feel like an infomercial for the product. I found your observations concerning the significant color change an important cautionary note worth taking into consideration when blending and baking the product.

    I have been watching some of your free tutorial and reviews and have decided to become a member.

    Also, have you ever done a tutorial or review of Swellegants by Christi Friesen? I would like very much to get your take on these products.

  12. Cindy Lietz, 26 July, 2014

    Hi Tom, so nice to meet you! Thank you for saying that and I hope you enjoy being a member. :) I have not tried the Swellegant product yet. It is something I’d love to see how it performs!

  13. Patt W, 22 August, 2014

    Regarding Bake and Bend. I have used it 1/2 Premo and 1/2 B&B for shoe laces ! Works well. On, so I only used the white, so I don’t know about the colors. I can be used as a necklace,too I have only used a light weight pendent, and used Bake and Bond to fuse the ends together.. That is all my experience with it. Hope it helps someone…………..LOL

  14. Peg Carter, 02 January, 2015

    Cindy..do you think it would be possible to use bake and bend on the metal bead racks like you used the sugru? Or would it suffer from being baked numerous times?

  15. Cindy Lietz, 02 January, 2015

    Hi Peg, it would be worth testing if you already have some bake and bend, but I am not sure that its would do as well as the Sugru for fixing the slots in the bead rack. I don’t think it would stick that well to the metal and I think it might get brittle with the repeated bakings. The Sugru was designed as a moldable silicone glue that can handle a huge range of temperatures while still keeping it’s rubbery properties. It is the ideal product for the racks. But if you want to see if the Bake and Bend will work, I would love to hear about your results… I could be totally wrong. :)

  16. Athena M, 06 February, 2016

    Do you think that would work for a case for my Samsung Galaxy mp3 player? Since it was discontinued back in 2012 I can’t buy cases for it anymore. I recently got it in my head to get some of this clay and try to make a new case. It currently has a silicone case on it but one corner ripped. If I could make it a new case with this clay, that would be awesome.

  17. Cindy Lietz, 08 February, 2016

    I actually don’t know Athena. I have thought about whether you could make a case for your phone but it hasn’t gone further than just a thought. You would have to make a form first… unless your old case was heat safe… which you wouldn’t know until you tested it. You could try an airdry clay instead. That might work. I am afraid I don’t have better advice for you at this time. I agree it would be awesome to make your own cases though!

  18. Brenda J, 06 June, 2019

    Hi,
    I need to make a lot of sardines’ for the play noises off can I use sculpt clay and have them wiggle when held up by the tail. I am desperate in trying to find a product that we can use. I found a kit that says it will bend after baked? and be flexiable.
    Thank you so very much

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