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Fabulousity
08-26-2009, 10:23 AM
So what would happen? Would the dowel burn or catch fire? Is this at all dangerous? I want to make Sailor Moon's Crescent Moon Stick and I just wanted to know if that would work. And I only have one oven to work with and I'm not going to go buy a toaster oven to do this in, so please don't suggest that. I don't know why you would, or what that has to do with anything at all, but I just thought I would put that out there. Maybe I should find something a bit more oven friendly to reinforce the Sculpey with.

StrawberrySiren
08-26-2009, 10:43 AM
it's totally safe. i made about three or four harry potter wands using a wooden dowel and sculpey and they came out great.

Fabulousity
08-26-2009, 10:52 AM
Oh, ok. Thanks for letting me know. And I take it that the size of the dowel doesn't matter? Like if I used one an inch and a half thick or half an inch thick the results would be the same, and it would still be safe?

StrawberrySiren
08-26-2009, 10:59 AM
i assume that's right. as long as you're baking the sculpey right i think it's fine.

Fabulousity
08-27-2009, 07:16 AM
Sorry, last question: Is it okay to bake it of some of the dowel, or a wooden ball or something, ISN'T covered in Sculpey? I just don't want to burn the house down! Sorry if I'm seeming paranoid.

Kitsoru
08-27-2009, 02:52 PM
And I only have one oven to work with and I'm not going to go buy a toaster oven to do this in, so please don't suggest that. I don't know why you would, or what that has to do with anything at all, but I just thought I would put that out there.

The reason someone would tell you not to use your oven and to go out and buy a toaster oven (and I would) is because the toxic fumes released from Sculpey and Fimo when they're baked is really bad for you, and it will get on any food you cook in the oven after you've baked the sculpey. You don't want to be ingesting those.

(Also, I'd recommend Fimo Soft instead. It's slightly more crumbly but in my experience it's so much easier to work with, the colors don't darken weirdly like they do with sculpey, and it's more durable once baked.)

Fabulousity
08-27-2009, 04:16 PM
I was told by several people that toxic fumes can only come when you burn it black. And isn't it the phthalates in it that the jury is still out on and make it dangerous when burned? They have a new kind out called Sculpey Bake Shop which is phthalate free.

Or am I completely wrong? Is the stuff truly dangerous? It's labeled non-toxic, and it's targeted towards children, so it has to be safe, right? Should I get a toaster oven to put in my garage aka my studio? But I don't see how that would help because you still need to be there while it's baking, right? I really don't want my cause of death to be cosplay, so please help me!

CapsuleCorp
08-27-2009, 08:39 PM
As to the dowels, it'll be fine. I actually use thick wooden dowels to hold the shape of rings and staff-caps while they bake so they don't shrink. 200 degrees or whatever it is they say to bake it at isn't enough to ignite wood.

There's a lot the jury is still out on regarding the toxicity of Sculpey when baked. If you're going to be doing a LOT of Sculpey baking, like some crafters who spend hours every day on beads and other items that they sell regularly, it would probably be a good idea to get a dedicated toaster oven or something. But one small piece once in a while is probably not going to kill you any faster than using a cell phone or getting paint thinner on your skin.

lunaladyoflight
08-30-2009, 12:56 PM
Unless you're pouring accellerant on the wood, it's not going to sponaneously combust. Seriously don't be so afraid to try this stuff.

SERIOUSLY SCULPEY WILL NOT KILL YOU. This is the third thread where you've asked that.

Fabulousity
08-30-2009, 01:16 PM
SERIOUSLY SCULPEY WILL NOT KILL YOU. This is the third thread where you've asked that.

I'm sorry if I'm annoying you, but I can never get any answers when I answers. If you don't like my asking, you certainly don't have to read those threads.

lunaladyoflight
08-30-2009, 01:43 PM
I'm just trying to make it clear that it's not going to kill you, unless it grows legs and a sniper rifle.

But if you want to try a different medium, I don't actually like sculpy because it's very heavy, I use Model Magic by Crayola.

And I've read all three threads, people have been answering you very clearly.