Putting air dry clay in the oven can lead to undesirable outcomes, as air dry clay is designed to dry and harden at room temperature without the need for baking.
Effects of baking air dry clay:
- Cracking: Baking air dry clay can cause it to dry too quickly, leading to cracks and deformities as moisture evaporates too rapidly.
- Color Changes: Baking may alter the clay’s color and texture, affecting the final appearance of your creation.
- Brittleness: Overheating air dry clay can make it overly brittle, making it more prone to breakage.
- Fumes: Certain air dry clays may release harmful fumes when heated, posing risks to your health and safety.
To strengthen or seal air dry clay creations, it’s best to use appropriate sealants or coatings designed for air dry clay rather than attempting to bake them.