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« on: May 14, 2010 04:44:18 AM »

I have a BUNCH of polymer sitting around that I bought for a failed project. I now have a 9 month old temporarily in my home as well, a grand-niece (no, I'm not THAT old, just the baby of the family) whose family came to this state with nothing but a duffle bag- her & her 2 y/o brother have very few toys (a couple stuffed items, a few recently amassed McD's toys, and whatever we've bought them) so I've been crafting up a storm with baby/toddler stuff.

Is polymer safe for kids that tend to mouth things? I can't for the life of me find any answers. Obviously it would have to be items that are too big to be put in the mouth entirely, and I'll make them sturdy one-piece items, but just wanting to make sure they won't poison the darlings.

Also, a couple of my packages were stored near glitter, which apparently spontaneously exploded, and made its way into the plastic packaging. It's random craft glitter, is it still safe to bake?
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2010 02:18:54 PM »

To be on the safe side, polymer clay is not used for anything that will be put into the mouth --for adults or kids (especially those in the chewy stage).  It should be safe as long as the clay is thoroughly cured, but I dont' think we know nearly enough about the effects of all kinds of things much less uncured plastics these days.  On the other hand, even raw polymer clay isn't "toxic" in the true sense of the word... just something you don't want to increase the lifetime load of bad things you'll get from living in an industrialized country especially.

Check out this previous post at least for more info, and a link to the page at my site that has more:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=145468.msg3785073#msg3785073
and maybe:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=283245.msg3209512#msg3209512
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305033.msg3493291#msg3493291
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=91977.msg2984189#msg2984189

As for "glitter" in your clay, some glitters are heat resistant at our temps (usually the ones intended for t-shirts, etc, made mostly from mica or polyester --often called "microfine" glitters), but some types of glitter can either curl up when heated (e.g., the larger aluminum ones) or sometimes change color or bleed.  You'll want to do some experimenting unless you're sure all the glitters that got into the clay are the okay kind.
Check out this page for more:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/inclusions.htm ...click on Glitters

Diane B.


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