Curing polymer clay

My oven set up
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For my followers who are interested in polymer clay one of the discussions which comes up regularly is what sort of oven people use successfully.  So I thought I would add my 2 bobs worth to this discussion. When I first started with polymer clay I used my sunbeam toaster oven. It took almost 45 minutes to come up to temp and I had to stand and watch it constantly to keep the temp even, opening and closing the door to stop spiking. Also it was in my kitchen as it was also used for other purposes. My working space is in another part of the house so if I was baking I couldn’t really do any other work. I went looking for an alternative.

I purchased a digital halogen turbo oven for about $60.00 on ebay and I am really happy with it. It took a little experimentation till I got the temperature settings correct.  In my oven a setting of 1000  c now gives me consistent 1300c temperature for premo clay and 1100 c  for kato  with a timer which switches off with the timer.  So you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn off. I don’t tent and have never burned a bead. The only draw back is the size which is not a problem for me because I don’t do large pieces. The set up I use is a pyrex casserole lid with a tile sitting on the top of it. My other concern although many say it is safe to use in a normal oven you use for food I was doubtful. Seeing the gloop on the sides is all from PC as I don’t use it for anything else. So it is my preference to use an appliance which is exclusively for polymer clay.

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