Sunday, October 10, 2010

what happened??!?!!?

these used to be with green leaves...they were about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and the package (sculpey III) said to cook at 275F for 15 minutes for every 1/4 inch of thickness. there's not a mark for 275F on my toaster oven so i just put it a little past 250F and cooked for 15 minutes.  it is only the second time that i have used the toaster oven. the clay that i baked the first time (fimo) turned out just fine. i guess i need a thermometer in there. gggrrrrr. anyone with any suggestions?


  1. Temp must have been too hot, heating elements too close maybe. I tried baking Fimo in a toaster oven after hubby forbid me to use kitchen oven for clay. Mine looked much like this. I have never used sculpey III. I use air dry now but would like to use my fimo. Maybe others more experienced can answer this better. What a bummer burning up all your hard work.

    Victoria ♥

  2. Berri, when you are doing something that is 1/4" over all, you should lower the temp and cook it a shorter time. You will have to experiment. And yes, if you are using a toaster over, buy an external thermometer. When the package says"per 1/4", they are assuming that it is a larger piece of clay that is a quarter inch thick. Most of these companies assume that you are doing something larger than mini apples. If at first you don't succeed....You know the drill. Do you have any scraps that you could just make a few little balls and experiment with the time and temp? Good luck!

  3. thanks, ladies! i am definately getting a thermometer and do some more experimenting. the next batch that i tried worked well. i lowered the temp to 250 and did 10 minute increments. seemed to work well.


  4. I actually undercook most of my things anyway. I never pay attention to directions, just watch them closely and pull them out and push test them. Not hard enough, then I stick them back in for a few minutes. There are actually several packages of different clays I have that say non-toxic on them and can be put into a regular oven. You could try that out, I think I read somewhere not to use a toaster oven for whatever reason. A convestion oven tends to be great I've heard. Here is a wonderful blog where you can learn alot from a practiced artist (which I'm not yet since I've only been doing this for about 7 months now). Check her out:

    Have a look around and you're bound to learn something from this talented artist who also has a fine ebay store with many useful tools and parts for miniature work.

  5. Haha I meant "convection" oven. I need more sleep!