Strange Oven Week in Polymer Clay

This week has been fabulous and frustrating. So humid all my canes just stuck together like they were magnets and now it’s cool and breezy outside. I like that, the cool part that is.

Good news, I finished my order. Bad news, something was wrong with my oven and several of them had spots on their faces when I took them out. The spots were all the way through and I couldn’t sand them away.

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I had quite a bit of time invested in these girls and used lots of canes in the process. In the middle of the night I thought, okay, what can I do with these girls? Freckles are okay on the cheeks, but not down by the chin. I took my Pigma Micron pen and gave a couple of them mask with a bit of hanging fringe. I liked them.

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If you want to use the Pigma Micron pens, just be sure to heat set them. The ink will rub right off if you don’t. Either use a heat gun, or pop them back into the oven for a few minutes.

I cleaned the pan I’ve used for years to bake my clay and I hope that that was the problem with the spotting. I also checked theĀ temperature with a gauge, just to be sure.

I have an order in for blue and orange wine stoppers for a University of Florida fan in the oven now and should find out how all my cleaning and checking worked. I’ll let you know.

I still have a several more girls with spots but I’ll have to figure something else out for them as they are the full face girls and I’m not sure the hanging fringe will work. After Christmas maybe I’ll think of something.

Later …I just checked the wine stoppers and they are just fine, no spots. So I guess the lesson for me today is to clean your pan. Don’t know what was on it that could have made spots, but whatever it was, it’s gone now.

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  1. Isn’t that frustrating! I was making 250 small snowflake ornaments to go on favor bags for my neice’s wedding. Had baked several batches with no problem then I put a batch in that burned to a crisp! Had to open all the windows and air the place out! The temperature was exactly where I always bake so I can’t imagine what happened. Hasn’t happened again since… go figure!

  2. It is frustrating, Arlene, but I think it’s just the clay elves wanting attention. We can’t get too cocky. I need to try some more girls just to make sure the oven is really behaving.

  3. A little change from what you usually do doesn’t hurt in the least does it?

    I’m sure masks in NO is quite acceptable!

    Good save Alice!

  4. It was nice to do something else. Actually I have this idea that has been running around in my head that has nothing to do with the girls. But I promised myself I’d finish the full face tutorial before getting off track. But maybe I can just spend a day or two with this new idea. yeah just maybe. Thanks Aimee, for the encouragement.

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  6. Hey Laurie, Thanks, it looks like you sell convection ovens and a whole lot more. Looks interesting, but I want my readers to know that I don’t endorse any of your products, I haven’t ever owned one. But thanks again for the comment.