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« on: July 31, 2008 09:36:37 AM »

I put my first attempt in the oven at 275 but forgot to time it....i pulled out the clay and its still soft....its I think fimo blue glitter. Will it harden when its done?
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2008 12:07:02 PM »

There's really no way to know if polymer clay is properly cured without a timer (and an oven thermometer to make sure the temp set on the dial is even correct--which it often isn't).

If you're clay item was thin, and made from a strong or reasonably strong brand of poymer clay, then it will probably be flexible after baking even fully cured, and even "soft"  to the extent that you could push a fingernail into it if you tried --that's totally normal for polymer clay; it's not like ceramic clays. 
(FimoClassic is one of the strong clays along with Premo, Kato, and Cernit --and FimoSoft to a lesser extent.  If you used Sculpey, SuperSculpey or Sculpey III though, thin baked items wouldn't be flexible and would be "harder," but they'd also break easily especially if bent or stressed). 
You can read a lot more about this characteristic of polymer clays, and how to deal with it in various ways if necessary, on this page at my website:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Characteristics.htm
(...click on the category called Strength--Rigidity, Flexibility... this particular page may be misbehaving for Firefox users right now but it's still there)

If you want to read a lot about how to bake polymer clays successfully (& to use a cheapie thermometer, etc.), check out this Baking page too:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm


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Diane B.
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POLYMER CLAY "ENCYCLOPEDIA" 
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
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