No, polymer clay does not air dry like traditional clay. Polymer clay cures through a chemical reaction that is triggered by baking in an oven at the recommended temperature and duration.
Key points about polymer clay curing:
- Chemical Reaction: Polymer clay contains plasticizers that react when heated, causing the clay to harden and become solid.
- Baking Process: Proper baking is essential to achieve the desired strength, durability, and appearance of polymer clay creations.
- Air Drying: Unlike air dry clays, polymer clay will remain soft and pliable if left to air dry without baking.
It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for baking polymer clay to ensure successful curing and the best results.