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You Can Construct Your Own Sculptures With Special Clay That Bakes in the Oven

How long do you bake Sculpey in the oven?

If you’re new to polymer clay, how to bake Sculpey is a common question. Luckily, it’s super easy to do, even on your first try. To begin, preheat your oven to the temperature listed on the package. (A common temperature range is between 250 and 285 degrees Fahrenheit.)

Place your work on an oven-proof glass or metal surface. Depending on the thickness of your creation, you’ll bake it anywhere from 15 minutes to longer. It’s important to not exceed the baking time, or it can ruin your project.

When you first take out your sculpture, let it cool completely before handling it; the clay needs time to cool and fully set. Otherwise, it will still be malleable and prone to breakage.

Decorate your oven bake clay creations!

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Once your Sculpey creation is complete (and cool to the touch—don’t forget!), you can employ acrylic paint to adorn it. Using your favorite paint set and brushes, try the same approaches you’d typically use when painting.

Sculpey Oven Bake Clay

The company that makes Sculpey clay, Polyform, also sells special glazes that can be used to give your clay either a glossy or satin sheen. (These can be applied after you’ve painted it with acrylic.)

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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