Jan 21, 2011

To cure, bake, cook, fire or harden?

Depending on what terminology you prefer, we bake, cook, fire or harden polymer clay. Isn't it a bit confusing? Or do we really care as long as the project turns out! The terminology doesn't really bother me.
Even various Polymer Clay manufacturers are divided on what to call the hardening process. Premo clay says "Baking should be completed by an adult". Fimo clay says "Harden in home oven..." and Kato polyclay says "Bake in oven at..." although the front of the package says "oven hardening". I believe many Artists are just as divided on what to call the process.  I'm curious...what do you prefer to say??

About process...I just finished and listed a new tutorial, based on some recent projects. Here is one for

Bead Cord Ends with Personality - Imitative Metal

 


3 comments:

Norma's Clay said...

I find myself using bake and harden mostly. Never notice all the terms.

Melobeau said...

Interesting question and yes, now that you mention it, it IS a bit confusing. I've always used the words "cure"/"curing", though not sure why. I think those were the words used in the books that I origianlly learnt from. I also suspect I wasn't drawn to the word "bake" because "cure" has a bit more of a "art" background sound to it and I guess I keep trying to distance our art/craft from that of Kindergartners playing with Sculpey.

Claire Maunsell said...

Definitely 'cure'! What Melobeau said...

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