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BURNING CLAY

by Nitefalcon
This is an example of what NOT to do to your clay!

Take four freshly baked pieces in a pyrex pie dish from the oven...
Place them on still warm, and worse than that, ON electric burner from the noodles you just made...
Waitt.... WHAT IS THAT SIZZLING NOISE????!!!!

OH SSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.....!

Anyway, luckily I have a balcony. I held my breathe, grabbed a mitt (and of course couldn't get the balcony door open, but I did) and then I stuck it out on the balcony....

UGHHGHGHGH! I can't believe I did that....Here are the disaster pictures below...
©2003-Nitefalcon

BURNING CLAY TIPS

From Holly Werrell

Tip: "I was on auto-pilot as they say and hurrying along trying to fit in too much (as usual!) and hemmed and hawed about whether I really did have time to bake this tray FULL of beads and hand made shells and starfish prior to having to leave. I finally decided to go for it and just put it in the oven, set the alarm for half the time and went upstairs to finish getting ready. BIG misake...well mistake #2 First one was setting the oven temp by memory when I haven't been doing this long enough to have that ingrained. The baker in me took over my brain and automatically set the oven to THREE75 instead of my intended 275! Second mistake was not staying put in the area at least to keep an eye on things as I had some new techniques in there....Well, needless to say, most things burned up to a ruined state...meaning the beautiful turquoise that went in came out like a very dark looking jade and the beautiful gold foil painted translucent covered strips that were wrapped around each had turned completely black...all except the very largest of the pendants. I decided all was not lost...The largest one that did not completely burn let me know my "veneer" creation was going to turn out gorgeous, my shells/starfish were very dark- not what I was planning but really not so bad- just different. I know I can salvage those and maybe even have something new and better!...the smallest "turquoise" beads that weren't wrapped look a lot like Jade as I mentioned- can antique them and use them, and finally all the others that seemed doomed to the trash I realized that I could use them as fantastic lightweight bead bases for veneers!! I usually like to use the very lightweight clay as bead cores to keep the weight of the finished product down, but as many of you probably know, that clay is SOOO pliable and mushy that it's not the easiest to work with...now it's light AND hard as a rock haha

Hope this helps- don't throw it out as the girl about mentioned...you never know what you might end up with after that "disaster". By the way, I can't thank this website enough for the long explanation of ALL the research done on the safety of polymer clay. I was nervous already from all you read as she noted, but had read enough that claimed it was perfectly safe that I was willing to use my home oven using a "tent" of foil to keep the "fumes" as they called it more contained, but when that burned I was quite panicked about not only the fumes billowing out of the stove everytime I even tried to open the door, but had gone online to see what I could do to get my oven safe for future use again when I stumbled onto this website...great 'article', good research which saved me some time, and most of all put my heart at true ease about working with this clay!! Thanks again!"

From Brookshire Yelton
Tip: "After burning an embellishment design element(that held its shape even while turning black and bubbling the surface)I decided it had an Old World quality to it. Since I can't help but experiment I dry brushed a deep, rich metallic gold over it and it gave the appearance of old, weathered and beaten metal. Often mistakes lead to new and different approaches to your designs."



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