Baking Sculpey Clay Without Using an Oven?


Feb 28, 2014
So, today, I wanted to make a really ugly figure I found at a thrift store and make it look like one of my characters. I used Sculpey III to build onto the figure, but now, I don't know know how to harden the clay.

Since there are quite a few creative people on here, I was wondering if anyone had any tips? I heard of the blow dryer method, but heard that it does not bake it all the way through, so will leave it weak. I also heard of a boiling method, but heard if there are tiny pieces, the bubbles from boiling will break them off.

I just don't know what to do @_@ I have been working on this alllll day. Do you think if I put the figure in the over under 120 degrees, that the figure would be fine and not melt?



Singing my way through life
Jan 18, 2013
I'm sorry I don't have any tips for you, but that is gonna turn out super cool!


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Sep 2, 2013
Those tigers (I have an old one somewhere myself) should be able to withstand the low temps. I've baked similar toys before. While I've never used a hairdryer, I have used a heatgun, but it's very difficult to get an even bake, so I don't really suggest it from my own experience.

Now the boiling method I've avoided, because the water can get into tiny cracks in the clay, causing mooning (a scaly appearance in your piece that causes weakness and breaking). Some people may have good luck with it, but I've had moisture get in my clay and ruin entire pieces, so I'm loathe to give boiling a try.

The piece looks really beautiful so far. I can't wait to see it completed.

Is there any off chance that you could find a toy made of similar material at the thrift store and pop him in the oven to experiment on? That way you won't mess up your sculpt. It can be your sacrifice to the volcano gods! Pele will be so pleased.