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rachelbunny
« on: February 20, 2011 09:47:17 AM »

At home I used to just use my kitchen oven and it worked great. I recently moved in with my cousin and his oven is awful. It burned 2 of my clay projects. Then I tried the toaster oven and it worked for the most part but burned the edges slightly of another project. So I definitely need to get a polymer oven meant for clay.

What do you all use?
Thanks. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2011 02:27:18 PM »

There really isn't a toaster oven "for polymer clay," except by having that designation slapped on the front.  
The only one of those I know of is just a regular old toaster oven ordered in bulk from Asia (by Amaco, in the U.S.) which has a few features like having the dial marked with "good temps for polymer clay," and sometimes a built-in timer and/or something that prevents it from being able to heat above about 275 (at least that temp on the dial).  They're reportedly not any different from any other random Asian-made toaster oven in that they may still have hot spots, not heat to what the dial thinks is 275--which may or may not be 275, etc.  (And sometimes a higher heat than 275 F is actually desired).

If you don't mind spending the money to get "a best oven" for polymer clay, buy a stand-alone forced-air convection oven or a stand-alone microwave/convection oven (then just use the Convection setting).  Forced-air convection ovens will heat much more evenly in all parts of the interior because of the fan, and there are no exposed coils.  You'll always need to use an oven thermometer, but that kind really makes curing polymer clay much more reliable and foolproof.

There's more info on various kinds of ovens and toaster ovens, etc, and avoiding hot spots, testing ovens, etc, on the Baking page of my site if you want to check it out:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm
And if you get another regular toaster oven or use an regular wall oven, especially check out the category called Darkening, Scorching, and Burning.

HTH, and good luck!

Diane B.
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rachelbunny
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2011 04:56:34 PM »

I ended up ordering the Amaco one. It should be here soon. I made this beautiful flower cake and I'm terrified to bake it. My scorched projects have left me traumatized. Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2011 09:46:48 AM »

Well, good luck with the Amaco!  As I said though, it's "just another toaster oven" and you might get lucky with that particular unit, or not.

If that doesn't work much better, try some of these things:
...use a completely-enclosed method around the clay when baking, if you're already using a partly-closed method and it isn't enough
...use Kato Polyclay (highest heat resistance) or at least avoid Sculpey III, SuperSculpey, and original Sculpey, and perhaps FimoSoft
...bake for less time when curing miniatures
...avoid thin and projecting areas in the clay item
(..of course use an oven thermometer, and as close as possible to where the clay actually is/will be)
...use a (forced-air**) convection oven --countertop models usually come as microwave combos but can be used only on the Convection setting ...because they're also microwave ovens, there are no exposed coils (all those characteristics help keep the oven temperature even all over the oven cavity, and keep it more in the range set)

Or so some combo of the options above.

** technically, regular ovens are "convection" ovens too, but the ovens with forced-air convection (using a fan) are different even though they're often referred to these day by the shortened term "convection"
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2016 03:07:16 AM »

Well, I will recommend this http://bakingreview.com/lg-lcs1112st-countertop-microwave-oven-1000-watt-stainless-steel/
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2016 05:46:58 PM »

more tips: 
-if you're making something with thick and thin sections, bake the thick sections before adding the thin parts.  You can bake the clay several times without harm.

-line the baking pan with polyester fiberfill, add the raw pieces, cover with another piece of fiberfill, then top with foil.  This gives a soft bed to support pieces so they don't get flat on the bottom, prevents shiny hotspots on the bottom of pieces, and keeps the tops from toasting too soon.  Also keeps temps more even.

-use a dedicated crafts oven.  The solvent that evaporates from baking poly clays may leave a deposit on the oven walls, which may wind up in food baked in the same oven.

-use an oven thermometer to test the oven so you know what temperature it really is.
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2019 04:01:24 AM »

To my knowledge, I would say Oster Toaster Oven can be great.
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