For some of your polymer clay projects, you may want to give the piece a curve. The curve may serve a practical purpose, like when making a bracelet. Curves also add a nice aesthetic touch, such as making a leaf look realistic.
Baking curves into polymer clay is easy to do and will transform your pieces. Read this guide to learn how to bake curves into polymer clay.
How to Bake Curves Into Polymer Clay
To bake a curve into your clay, lay the clay on a curved item and put it in your oven. After baking, your clay piece will mimic the item's curve.
Experiment with several items to see how your clay pieces turn out. Try baking clay on different areas of the object for different curves. Finding objects that give your piece the look it needs is part of the fun when baking curves into polymer clay.
Items You Can Use for Curves in Clay Projects
Below is our list of things you can use to give your clay piece a beautiful curve. The key is to make sure the item is oven-safe at low temperatures. The best part is that many of these items are everyday objects, so there are no special tools required for baking curves into polymer clay.
1. Use Our Hollow Bead Maker
Our hollow bead maker is the perfect tool for creating domes for a variety of sizes. This convenient tool means that you no longer have to rely on lots of differently sized glass bulbs to find the right size for your beads, and it is oven-safe for you to bake right in the mold.
2. Bake on Cardboard Tubing
Instead of recycling your tubing from toilet paper, paper towels or duct tape, use it for baking curves into polymer clay. Cut the tube lengthwise and cover it with wax paper to prevent the clay from sticking. This item is oven-safe at low temperatures and away from burners.
3. Use a Metal Tray
Perhaps the most obvious of the items, a metal tray is the perfect solution for giving clay projects a curve. The material is already safe in the oven and can be found in your kitchen. Try using a cupcake pan or a deviled egg platter. For a deeper curve, try placing your clay along the bottom on the outside of the cupcake pan.
4. Save the Bottoms of Pop Cans
Before you recycle your pop cans, cut out the bottom piece, and save it for your projects. The inside has a small dome for gentle curves, and the outside makes a deep bowl. Their size is best for baking a curve into a small clay piece.
5. Try a Ceramic Bowl
A ceramic bowl from your kitchen is oven safe and ideal for curves. Lay the clay pieces on the side or at the base. The larger the bowl, the more clay pieces you can bake at once.
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