Polymer clay is designed to be cured through baking in an oven, and air drying is not recommended as a curing method for polymer clay.
Polymer clay requires a controlled and consistent temperature to fully cure and harden. Baking in an oven ensures that the clay molecules bond together and form a durable structure.
Air Drying Risks:
Air drying polymer clay can lead to:
- Incomplete Curing: Air drying may result in clay that remains soft and pliable, even after an extended period.
- Fragility: Air-dried polymer clay may be brittle and prone to breaking.
- Color Change: Polymer clay colors may fade or change when air dried.
- Unpredictable Results: Air drying lacks the precision and control of oven baking, leading to inconsistent outcomes.
To achieve optimal results and ensure the longevity of your polymer clay creations, always follow the recommended baking instructions.