Yes, polymer clay is considered fire safe for the purpose of baking and crafting. When properly baked at the recommended temperatures, polymer clay undergoes a chemical reaction that transforms it into a solid and stable material without posing a fire hazard.
Baking Polymer Clay
Polymer clay is designed to be baked in a home oven at temperatures between 225°F to 275°F (107°C to 135°C). During the baking process, the plasticizers in the clay evaporate, resulting in the hardening and curing of the material.
While polymer clay is fire safe when baked, it’s important to follow these safety guidelines:
- Use an oven thermometer to ensure accurate temperature control during baking.
- Avoid overbaking the clay, as excessive temperatures can lead to burning or distortion.
- Monitor the baking process to prevent any potential issues and ensure proper ventilation in your workspace.
- Do not expose raw polymer clay to open flames or high heat sources, as it may release potentially harmful fumes.
Flammability and Heat Resistance
Once polymer clay is properly baked and cured, it becomes non-flammable and heat-resistant, making it suitable for various applications, including jewelry, sculptures, and functional items.
By following recommended baking procedures and safety precautions, you can confidently use polymer clay without concerns about fire hazards.