Questions/POLLS/Mentors Topic -  Halogen Ovens (537 views) Notify me whenever anyone posts in this discussion.Subscribe
From: gilladian12/27/15 10:30 PM 
To: Windchimes3  (2 of 9) 
 71210.2 in reply to 71210.1 

I've never used a halogen oven, but the three things to look for are:
1) a temperature dial you can adjust freely. My oven only adjusts by 25 degree increments, and if 275 had not turned out to hold just below 300 (I use Kato clay and that's my preferred temp), I would have had to return it.

2) make sure there's room for a separate thermometer. I like the "probe" type and had to get my hubby to snip a tiny notch in the door for the cord to pass through so it doesn't hold the door open 1/8".

3) that there's enough ROOM in the oven (height, width, depth) to hold your preferred size object. If you only make beads, this may not be an issue, but I wanted an oven tall enough to hold a 6" tall sculpture without putting it right up into the element.

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From: Windchimes312/28/15 6:07 PM 
To: gilladian  (3 of 9) 
 71210.3 in reply to 71210.2 
Thank you kindly for your prompt response. You made me think of my needs in more specific terms especially #3. I'm not sure where my passion will be yet because I want to try it all! #3 was dead on....size does matter! I want the option to try tall projects. It's so difficult starting a new art form. It's why these forums are so helpful to us newbies. Happy Holidays!

From: Melody0112/29/15 7:26 PM 
To: Windchimes3  (4 of 9) 
 71210.4 in reply to 71210.3 

Hi Carol and welcome to the wonderful world of poly clay (PC). Sorry, I don't know much about halogen ovens because most folks I know use convection ovens for PC, but Gilladian has given you good info.

Just in case it interests you I have a generic post here at PCC that I love to share with new PC-ers that lists my hints, best beginner book, curing info, sites to get beginning info etc. Here is a link to the most recent time it was posted. It’s gotten so long that I’ve split it into two posts. So please check out both of my consecutive posts.

p.1 is basic PC info

p.2 is a list of URLs to PC resources including tutorials

Happy Claying,

Anita in AZ

  • Edited December 29, 2015 7:28 pm  by  Melody01

From: mkirkwag11/2/16 2:58 PM 
To: Windchimes3  (5 of 9) 
 71210.5 in reply to 71210.1 

If it's not too late, I'd suggest taking advantage of the local sales as opposed to ordering unless you get free return shipping. I returned three highly rated team favorites because they aren't manufactured with any kind of consistency. The companies take bids for each new parts order, apparently, and maybe for each year's manufacturing as well, because the quality is all over the place even for the same brand and model. This is important because ovens heat and cool to maintain a temperature. A good oven only cools a very small amount before it comes on again. A bad one can have outrageous spikes. I had one highly-regarded model that rapidly spiked from 200 to 400 degrees! Back and forth---you can imagine how my pieces came out. Returned that one. :-)


From: Windchimes31/14/16 11:41 AM 
To: Melody01  (6 of 9) 
 71210.6 in reply to 71210.4 
Thank you so much for this wealth of information! I'm only half way through and I've learned so much. I got busy during the holidays so I'm still on my hunt for the "oven" may be a conventional that I heard about after all. Thanks again and you can be sure I've bookmarked all your referrals!

From: Melody011/14/16 7:22 PM 
To: Windchimes3 unread  (7 of 9) 
 71210.7 in reply to 71210.6 

Hi Windchimes, My pleasure! Though lots of PC folks use their kitchen ovens or toaster ovens, convection ovens are used by a fair amount of folks, especially people who cure a lot of pieces or larger pieces. However, I do seem to remember that there were some posts (or at least questions) about the Halogen oven sometime in the past. Happy Claying!

Anita in AZ



From: 7Jackie DelphiPlus Member Icon2/1/16 1:21 AM 
To: Windchimes3 unread  (8 of 9) 
 71210.8 in reply to 71210.6 

I just use my kitchen oven, have been using it for good heavens, I'm guessing about 20 years for polymer clay and for food. So that's an option also.




From: mkirkwag111/27/16 2:43 PM 
To: All  (9 of 9) 
 71210.9 in reply to 71210.5 

Hah! I was just browsing through, saw this interesting topic, saw this post and thought, "Yeah! That happened to me, too"


It *was* me.


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