Are you wondering about whether or not you can rebake polymer clay projects ? Let’s say you may have made a mistake or two, perhaps you’ve underbaked something or found it didn’t pass the smell test (or bend test, as you’ll see here) and now you want to add a dab more clay to fix the problem area and pop it back in the oven again.
A perfectly normal question to ask, and lots of people do ask it which is why I am covering it here today. And to answer your question, yes, you can rebake a clay project, within reason. I’ll give some specifics on the hows and whys right now.
I ran into this very situation not to long ago, so my timing is perfect for this question. When I was working on the pair of earrings for this tutorial, unbeknownst to me at the time, I’d left a little bit of a gap on one side between two of the rainbow strands:
Have you ever done something like that? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there! It’s just a part of the learning process. And it’s funny you may not even notice it right away either until you get it out of the oven a day later.
Well, I was a little embarrassed to include that picture in the tutorial I’d written, so after reading up a little bit and finding out that “spot claying” was pretty easy to do, I hunted around for my toolbox to find the pieces of that color I’d used (it was variegated, but still,) I only needed a teenty amount, which I rolled and then wedged into the gap area. I used a toothpick to smooth it out so it looked clean. It probably took about ten minutes to do.
I put it back in the toaster oven for about 15 minutes (Yes I removed the metal parts first, and the supplemental bead at the top) I think for a small amount of time that would work. It did. Now here’s the earring after I did the little work on:
Another approach you may want to consider is “spot curing” with the aid of a heat gun. If you already have one of these, it’s ideal to use to patch up those little “goofs”. If not, you can pretty much do what I described above and it should be fine.. Just be sure you do as you did before and “tent” the aluminum foil in the oven prior to baking.
Any exceptions? Well, some types of clay, like Sculpey III, which are softer and more prone to being brittle, I’d exercise caution, but most of them will handle it just fine. If you’re unsure of your particular brand’s heat threshold be sure and re-read the recommendations on the packaging (or company website, if necessary)
Good luck to you, and let me know how it works out!