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Mini Baking Clay Tutorial by scenceable Mini Baking Clay Tutorial by scenceable
So, I get tons of questions on this type of thing. At some point I do plan on making a new unicorn tutorial that explains things start to finish. However, for now, here's a little one on baking. I did another little tutorial a while ago on hairing sculptures. Eventually I do hope to make a big long one.

Anyway, I'd like to mention that this is just how I do things. There are many ways to bake and mine is certainly not the only way. Just what I do, and what works for me currently :)

I also want to say that I paint my horses, so I can be a lot more flexible with baking. When making dolls or humans you have to be a lot more careful since the skin tone of the clay matters a lot. Dirt particles, cracks, dents, and discolouration can ruin dolls, but with painted sculptures they hardly matter.

As always, if you have questions please ask... I kind of threw this together randomly so I may have left things out. I have a FAQ section on my website where I talk a bit about materials and things, you might find it helpful as well! It's here: [link]
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SparrowWrightheart Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool. :D I didn't know you could bake Sculpty so many times! This opens a whole new window of sculpting possibilities for me. Thank you.
I also never knew you could put Poly fill in the oven. No more flat shiny spots on my sculpts in the future!
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Deesum Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know that this is older, so I'm a little late on commenting. I follow you on FB and Deviant and you are such an amazing artist! Thank you for taking the time to show how you do things! I love your horses!
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avian-gray Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
wow this is ammaaaazingly helpful. baking things on stuffing pillow is brilliant, how on earth did you figure that out? and I love the tips on what types of clay to use for different parts, solves so many problems I've had with polymer clay projects in the past... this tutorial is really making me want to get back into it again, thanks!
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scenceable Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The pillow thing was taught to me by other who make dolls, wasn't something I figured out :XD: And you should get back into it! It's fun =P
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jazgemo213 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your creations have a great sense of weight
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scenceable Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks :)
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jazgemo213 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome
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InaHorseseyes Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I tries this, time and time over. I don't think 'm very good at sculpting... I wish!!! give me your skills, Master! XD
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scenceable Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww if you have any questions feel free to send me a note, I can try to help! I'm slow with comments, notes are better :aww:
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InaHorseseyes Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thanks, I thinki might and that's okay ^_~
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Dextria Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting read! I made my first sculpture yesterday, and this tutorial helped me alot! :)
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scenceable Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Glad it helped! 
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Sahara-Fang Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student General Artist
i've been told that tinfoil shouldn't be put in ovens, but this honestly sounds like a great idea!
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scenceable Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've never had an issue with tin foil, I use it for cooking all the time too. I thought it was invented specifically for putting in ovens, lol! :XD:
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AmeliaMacabre Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student
You are amazing!
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scenceable Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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princessFirefly Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
you shud be working for beyers!
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scenceable Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe thanks :)
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princessFirefly Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
:) welcome
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Midnightpheonix Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome tutorials you have! love your work! you are the reason I am exploring this media so thank you!
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scenceable Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, glad you're enjoying them! If you have any questions feel free to send me a note :aww:
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Midnightpheonix Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks alot its nice to know that there are people who are willing to share their techniques! I will note you if I have questions (and I do have a few lol)
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PlanetJan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Thank you so much for all your help. You are making my first time much easier, and with less corrections. I'm not sure I got the right eyes, that site was really hard to navigate (I was using a tablet). There were no wires just flat backs. But all and all I am really happy with the results. Now she goes in the oven and I can't wait to continue!
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scenceable Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you liked it! I'm not sure whether Amanda makes eyes on wire, but I imagine there are ones you can get elsewhere. The ones I get are flat backed with no wire, makes it a little harder to insert them but they stay in once the eyelid is sculpted over. I'm curious to see photos of what you're working on!
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J-Enza-T Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just letting you know, you have given me inspiration beyond reason with your artwork and I've ordered clay and other things to try this out!

Thanks so much :)
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scenceable Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! Feel free to send me links to what you come up with, I'd love to see!
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RachelNoelDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing!
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scenceable Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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RachelNoelDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
your welcome
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GoGo-T-W Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
You say not to preheat the oven, but I'm using a full-size electric oven. How do you adjust the time to know when it's been fully cured? Do you start the recommended time once it's fully heated up?
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scenceable Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I usually bake it on a temperature lower than recommended and leave it in longer than recommended, just to be sure it's cured all the way through. I let the sculpture heat up with the oven, but I assume it doesn't really start curing until the oven is fully heated. The sculpture also continues to cure for a few minutes as the oven is cooling down, but a few extra minutes won't hurt polymer clay either way. You can test your own oven by making a few little discs of clay and baking them for different times. You can tell clay is uncured by cutting into it; cured clay cuts but uncured clay chips and flakes apart. :)
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GoGo-T-W Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! This is great information to have.
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KatsaKitty Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What is the brand/name of your convection oven? I'd love to get one like yours, I don't want to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars for something that could possibly be too small and what not.
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scenceable Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry for the delayed response, it's a Hamilton Beach rotisserie oven with a convection setting. It was $120 or so at walmart in Canada (so it would be cheaper in the States I'm assuming!)
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KatsaKitty Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, thank you for the info! c:
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hamsterfest Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great tutorial! :3 I made mini-sculptures a few years ago and wanted to get back into it. This gave me a lot of inspiration and advice! Thank you ^^
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scenceable Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, glad you found it helpful!
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CheezayBallz Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I have a question. What is that stuffed pillow? Is it just the filling of a pillow?^^ Is it not burning in the oven?
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scenceable Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's just the filling from a pillow, yes! It doesn't burn :)
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CheezayBallz Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Okay cool^^ Thank you, I will try it out next time
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vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great tutorial! Good to have something to use as refference when I got my super sculpey!
I have a question: have you ever used FIMO? I got that fimo soft but I didn't like it too much.. Do you like to sculpt with cernit? Is that better than Fimo? Or are they too similiar?
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scenceable Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I've only ever used fimo puppen for dolls, not the other stuff. Cernit is really good but expensive to get here. I've heard cernit is better than fimo but I'm not sure! :)
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vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Really? Where I live Cernit cost a half of fimo ><
I just got some cernit! Now I need to test it.
Thank you very much =)
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twospotz Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOADS of good ideas and very useful hints here. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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scenceable Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, glad you like it!
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jojo-shakur Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Damn you're good! :D
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sunjira Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
wow
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scenceable Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^; thanks!
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JayzPF Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I couldn't help being immature about the "I bake my horses is 4 seperate bakes" part. :P
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scenceable Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahah :XD: Hopefully it's still understandable even with my poor grammar.
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