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Rapid Cooling - Polymer Clay
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I'm thinking about making a set of simple polymer clay tutorials like this. Just some easy tips and tricks that everyone should know. :3
This of course is the first part.

I got this from the Polymer Clay Cookbook [I think]. It's a great book for anyone who wants to make some polymer clay foods and you should check it out.
I just wanted to share this with anyone who has not heard about this trick before.

I know I said this in the tutorial. But srsly. Do not use glass or plastic. I don't want someone getting hurt.

If you want to use this tutorial to post on somewhere else please let me know. I am perfectly fine with it as long as I know and you put a link back to the original tutorial. Thank you.

If you have any questions regarding this tutorial no matter how small please ask. I will be more than glad to answer.
If you have any ideas for some future tutorials feel free to share them too. :3
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Aroorooroo's avatar
Aroorooroo|Hobbyist General Artist
Are you really supposed to bring it immediately from the heat to cooling? I read in a book that even just taking it out of the oven before it had cooled itself (like, it gets all done baking and curing, then you turn off the heat and leave them in while you leave the oven open a crack) would make the tensile strength really weak. Now I want to go test this for myself! On a scale of one to ten (one being it crumbles as soon as you touch it, ten being practically indestructible) what would you say the tensile strength is using this strategy?
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Fushica's avatar
Oh! I've always wondered whether this method would be safe for clay (and not, y'know, horribly mutate the piece instead). Thanks!
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pyro-helfier| General Artist
So shocking the clay like that makes it stronger? I always thought the clay had to cool slowly for the best results :shrug: because I think on the baking instructions they say leave in your oven until cool for best results or to leave in the oven with the door open if you want them cooled slightly faster. But for some reason I thought even taking them right out of the oven and leaving them at room temp was bad or could cause cracks. I would've thought throwing something hot like that into ice water would crack it for sure. So I find this interesting. I might have to try it sometime!
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RarasJewels|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Most polymer clay books I have read have given this same tip for making your clay stronger and possibly closing up some cracks that have formed during baking.
I have always taken my clay out of the oven as soon as it was done in fear that I might overbake it and possibly burn and I have never had a piece crack on me from doing that.

It's worth trying, but if you are a little skeptical about it I would suggest try using it on a small quick piece to see how it works for you.
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pyro-helfier| General Artist
Cool. I will do that :D
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Talty| Artisan Crafter
Hello! I wanted to let you know that I cited your tutorial in the article Introduction to Polymer Clay written for Project Educate because I believe it's one of the best resources available in DA. Thank you so much for your generosity in making tutorials and inspiring others :heart:
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RarasJewels|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for including it!
It is a great project. I will have to take the time to check out the tutorials you included. They look pretty interesting.
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Talty| Artisan Crafter
You are welcome, and thanks! :D
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eriiberry's avatar
eriiberry|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is such a good tip, I hate waiting for my clay to dry :happycry: :clap: going to try this asap, thank you!
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RarasJewels|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wait.. Waiting for it to dry? o-o This doesn't help it dry. It just makes it stronger.
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eriiberry|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oops lol, not to dry I ment to cool down :B
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RarasJewels's avatar
RarasJewels|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ohaha. x3 Yep, it helps it cool down a lot faster.
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Minouris|Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome... This will be very useful - thank you :)
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RarasJewels|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad it can help~
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pinknikki|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
"I know I said this in the tutorial. But srsly. Do not use glass or plastic. I want someone getting hurt."

*giggle* just wanted to point out that typo. XD

and I'm gonna try this. :D ty!
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RarasJewels's avatar
RarasJewels|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Maybe I do want people to get hurt. -shifty eyes-

Nonotrlly. xD
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pinknikki|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
*snickerfit*
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I've been doing this for a while now with just some really cold water, but my container is very shallow and I could never fit big pieces in it very well. I wonder why I never thought of using a soup can!

And to all those wondering, I've never had a problem with the clay cracking.
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RarasJewels|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I was using a soup can, but since I usually bake a lot of things at a time I had to move over to a big ol' tomato can.

I haven't had an issue, but I did have someone have the clay crack on them. I'm not sure why, though.
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FatCatCharms|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This was really helpful, I'll definitely try it! Thanks ^___^
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RarasJewels|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are welcome. >3<
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thinkpastel|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've never tired but this sounds pretty interesting! Next time I'm baking some clay, I'll try it out :)
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RarasJewels's avatar
RarasJewels|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome. Though I might suggest trying at first as an experiment. Some people have told me they tried this and their clay cracked. I never had it happen to me, though.
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FinalVirucide|Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, never thought of this before. I have a big metal can lying around which I use to hold the water when I paint, but I guess I could give it a dual purpose and use it as a cooling can as well. :)

I have a question: is leaving the can in the freezer for a few minutes a good idea, or is too much rapid cooling a bad idea?
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