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Firing the kiln

Many times when I make resin toys I use Super Sculpey Polymer Clay because it is easy to fire at home in the oven. However, I really prefer making the original out of glazed ceramic so that my toy has a slick glassy look and feel. I also find real clay to have a better feel in my hands. It seems to do what I want it to. Sculpey gets soft when it warms up. Sometimes too soft and it’s like working with toothpaste. White talc low fire clay stays firm and I feel like I work better with it. Better results, means better toys. I work small, so all I need is an inexpensive test kiln one can get at DickBlick.com, or any ceramic supply center. White talc low fire clay, low fire gloss glaze and kiln cones 05 and 06. Small test kilns plug into a standard 110 wall socket, no need for 220. If you want the glossy look, but don’t have a kiln, paint your Sclupey with glossy Sculpey Glaze. If you have the space like a garage or other well ventilated room, I still say real clay works way better and is worth the investment.

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