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« on: June 15, 2006 12:50:47 PM »

I've been baking lots of polymer clay lately and I am not so good at watching my oven.. so not good at watching my oven that I actually left my house and went grocery shopping and left the darn things in there to bake.

Here are the results!

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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2006 01:01:00 PM »

Thats pretty funny. I actually went to work one day, remembered that I didn't turn off the oven, went home and forgot to turn it off until the next morning. My Santa was indistinguishable as a figurine. Just a brown mess.  Roll Eyes


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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2006 01:08:25 PM »

This is why I am SO grateful for my convection oven, which turns itself off at the end of the time you've set it for.

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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2006 01:40:54 PM »

i think they look pretty cool! they look like small pieces of art! you could even add a small painted design on them if you wanted!

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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2006 12:42:05 PM »

i think they look pretty cool! they look like small pieces of art! you could even add a small painted design on them if you wanted!

Totally! When something doesn't turned out the way you planned, don't just throw it away, find another use for it!

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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2006 11:09:08 PM »

Whew.... you really burned 'em!  Did you have to deal with the black smoke and horrible smell when you got back home??

I actually have one spot at my polymer clay website for ways of dealing with stuff that got burned! Grin... if you want to check it out for suggestions, look on this page:
(click on "Darkening, Scorching, and Burning," then scroll down a few screenfuls to Some Remedies for Already-burned Items)

You should definitely invest in a timer though ... I not only set one for when items should come out of the oven, but sometimes I'll also put a second timer on my purse so I'll be reminded I have clay baking if I accidentally go out (if I'm just going in the yard, I'll put the 2nd timer on the porch).

Your oven must be either spiking though or just not able to keep an even temp because theoretically all clays (except perhaps Sculpey or FimoSoft) can stay in an oven indefinitely if they never exceed the exact proper baking temp.

You also might want to look into "enclosed" baking methods if you think it may happen again ... that should moderate the temperature a lot so the extra time wouldn't matter.  Check out that Baking page link above if you don't know about those methods.

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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2006 09:05:23 PM »

They look kinda neat to me. Even though they were'nt what you were going for. It's also a good habit to make sure your stove is off every time you leave the house. I have a gas oven... so it's kinda DUH for me, but even with electric, bad things could happen when you leave the oven on that long... but anyways... I did'nt mean to lecture, just to caution... but yeah... I'd paint some kind of design or something on them... they look to be salvadgeable (sp!?)

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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2006 04:00:22 PM »

eep!  those would be kind of scary if i opened my oven to find them, but i agree that they look cool as they are. 

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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2006 06:18:59 PM »

Those look cool! There is no such thing as a mistake, only new opportunities! Roll Eyes

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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2006 06:39:10 PM »

Not a loss at all... it's volcanic art!  It even LOOKS kinda like obsidian.

I dig the red-and-black flecked one.  Smiley
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