How to Bake an OOAK Art Doll Fairy Sculpt Polymer Clay

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How to Bake an OOAK Art Doll Fairy Sculpt Polymer Clay
Polymer clay is best for home use because it can be baked to a hard finish at a low temperature. (Seiya Kawamoto/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

One-of-a-kind art dolls, particularly fairies, are a popular item on auction sites and at small boutique shops, where they can cost hundreds of dollars. Whether they are delicate and ethereal or gnome-like, by learning how to bake the polymer clay sculpted parts of a OOAK fairy doll, you are a step closer to creating your own unique fairy creature to populate your home or garden, or to be given as a gift.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Oven
  • Baking Tray
  • Parchment paper
  • Sculpted polymer clay hands, feet and head

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Pre-heat the oven to 135 degrees Celsius.

  2. 2

    Line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Unlined sheets will leave shiny spots on the baked clay. Place sculpted pieces on the parchment paper so that none are touching one another.

  3. 3

    Cut a rectangle from the parchment paper and fold in half to form a tent over the polymer clay sculpted items. Pinch together the ends of the tent to fully enclose the sculpted items.

  4. 4

    Bake your doll's face, hands and feet for 20 to 25 minutes. Turn off the oven and allow the tray and polymer clay items to cool inside of the oven. Items may be re-baked if not completely set.

Tips and warnings

  • The centre rack of the oven is the best location for baking polymer clay, as it has the most stable temperature.
  • Oven thermometers will help you keep your oven in the correct temperature range; temperatures of more than 148 degrees C should be avoided.
  • Bake polymer clay only in a well-ventilated area and limit exposure to fumes for animals (particularly birds) and small children.
  • Ensure that the oven is clean from drips on the bottom. Smoke from food can discolour clay while it is baking.
  • Make sure that the parchment paper tent does not touch the walls or heating elements of the oven while the tray is in place.

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