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We are proud to introduce TruForm Armatures oven safe polymer clay armature. We have created a polymer clay armature made specifically to withstand the baking temperatures associated with curing polymer clays. By following the simple preparation steps outlined here, you will be well on your way to bringing your polymer clay projects to reality quicker and more accurately than ever before.
Preheat your oven to the recommended baking temperature of the polymer clay you will be using in your sculpture. While this method will work with all brands of polymer clay on the market, my clays of choice are specifically designed for sculpting (Super Sculpey, Super Sculpey Firm, and Sculpey Living Doll) and these instructions will reflect the clay I used in testing the TruForm Armatures oven safe polymer clay sculpture armature. I used Sculpey Living Doll. In this step I set my oven to 265 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once your oven has reached the proper temperature and has held that temperature for around 15 minutes, place some cotton batting, paper towels, or a dish cloth on an oven safe baking surface. Any baking pan, ceramic tile, or oven safe plate will work. Place your TruForm polymer clay sculpture armature on your surface and place it in the oven. Note that you will want to use an oven that is large enough so the elements do not come overly close to your polymer clay armature. I prefer to use a large glass casserole pan with cotton batting in my home oven.
Prebake your polymer clay armature for 30 minutes at the temperature recommended by the polymer clay manufacturer. While the polymer clay armature will only expand slightly, it will expand enough to crack your polymer clay sculpture if you do not prebake.
Allow your TruForm Armatures polymer clay armature to cool before you touch it with your hands, all surfaces will be very hot.