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« on: May 14, 2007 09:22:52 AM »

i want to try my hand at this and seeing as i'm still a newbie, i was wondering when the best time is to "cut the cake" haha - before you bake or after?

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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2007 03:07:52 PM »

You could do either.  Probably most of the cake makers here do it before baking, but perhaps after letting it cool overnight (or for awhile in the freezer) to firm it up a bit first.

Polymer clay can be cut after it's baked though quite easily as long as it's still really warm or hot.  You'd just need a stiff blade in that case. 
(If there's ever any dusty-looking area left after cutting, you can get rid of that by applying a bit of Diluent --or probably veg. oil, or Vaseline, etc.-- then rebaking it briefly; or by buffing it or sanding-and-buffing if necessary.)

Cutting after baking will result in a very straight cut, whereas cutting before baking will probably result in at least a little distortion near the top of the cut.

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2007 10:26:18 AM »

Hi... new here, but I just wanted to add something, if I may.

I prefer to freeze my cakes just a little bit before cutting them because that limits the amount of distortion at the top.  I usually just stick them in the freezer for about 10 minutes.  Not sure what that does to the clay, but so far, it hasn't given me any problems.  I have never been successful with cutting them after baking - I always end up burning myself or cutting too slowly.  Embarrassed

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