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2nd in TX 03-10-2009 11:26 AM

Can I bake clay in a regular oven?
Ok, so I bought some moist pottery clay, not the kind that self-dries, but the kind that you fire in a kilm (spelling?). Can I bake this in a regular oven or toaster oven? I tried it with some colored modeling clay once and it melted, and I don't want that to happen again.

Sorry for such a dumb question...:o

Sariana 03-10-2009 11:56 AM

My instinct would be to say no. I think a kiln burns much hotter than a regular oven used for cooking. But I could have that backwards.

Phyllis 03-10-2009 12:20 PM

I would be . . . . .
. . . looking for directions from the manufacturer even if it meant going back to the store OR CHECK THEIR SITE ON INTERNET!!! There are some good things about this time we live in: Internet.;)

I hate cleaning up messes.

Lovin3G 03-10-2009 12:41 PM

I would say no, a Kiln heats pottery clay at a low rising of temp. and it also get a lot hotter than your over or your toaster oven would get. I don't know what it would do to either the clay or the oven but I couldn't imagine it would be good.......

If you just let the clay dry from the air for quite awhile it will eventually get hard but it wouldnt be as nice as it would if it fired in a kiln

sometimes you can find littler kilns at ruggage sales or even at a swap meet, heck or just look on craigslist.. enjoy your clay

ktdre 03-10-2009 04:06 PM

art teacher here...
NO..don't do it. Kiln fire clay is meant to be fired long and slow. I know the stuff I use goes up to 1900 degrees almost in the kiln. There is a type of clay like material that you can bake. I believe it is called Sculpty and can be bought at most craft stores.

2nd in TX 03-10-2009 04:42 PM

Thank you!
Thank you, folks, I will NOT bake the clay! :) I'm glad I can count on you experts!

DA 04-01-2009 09:32 AM

something else
you can get something called Fimo
i'ts really easy to use, comes in a wide range of colours and you can cook it in a regular oven

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