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Postby entrancedbymyGCC » Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:15 pm

Does anyone know if oven-cure modeling compounds have been evaluated for toxicity to parrots? I know that scorching the stuff is bad news, I'm talking about normal curing at low temps.
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Re: Sculpey?

Postby Michael » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:13 pm

Sorry, not even sure what exactly you are referring to but I do know that self cleaning ovens and any electronics with Teflon pose a threat to parrots.
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Re: Sculpey?

Postby entrancedbymyGCC » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:17 pm

I'm talking about modeling compounds used by children and artists. Sculpey, Premo, Cernit, Kato are some of the brands. It is cured in an oven at low temperature, typically 250-275 degrees. It produces a very mild odor when cured. I know it is nasty if it scorches, but I've no idea if it would pose a risk nomally. It's considered nontoxic and suitable for use by childern by the EPA.

I would use it in my studio -- I have a tiny jewelry business -- which is pretty far from the room where the bird is.
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Re: Sculpey?

Postby MissLady9902 » Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:24 pm

My friend and I don't use sculpey, we use Fimo/
They recomend geting a toaster oven and curing them that way.
We check the package and go with the ones that are fume free and then we cure/bake them in a seperate room.
As for the metal clay I would recomend doing that in a garage, outside or seperate building.
I would say as long as it's in a seperate room far away from birds, and the oven that you use is only for that you should be fine.
We've used it multiple times and have not seen any side effects from out birds.
We've not been able to locate anything saying that it is or isn't toxic for birds.
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Re: Sculpey?

Postby entrancedbymyGCC » Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:58 pm

Hi misslady! I actually use Kato and occasionally Premo and I have a dedicate toaster oven quite far from the room where the bird is. About a year ago, all polymer clays in the US were reformulated to be pthalate free, so I expect they are all equivalent in terms of outgassing. I think they all do emit some plasticizer when curing, but I am encouraged that it isn't particularly toxic. The odor is certainly minimal.
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Re: Sculpey?

Postby MissLady9902 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:08 pm

Well I think it should be alright as long as it's in a seperate room.
I have done some resin casting and there is a brand that I use that is fume free. It is expensive though.
So I got a different resin that was a lot cheaper but when I used it the fumes were horrendous!
Thank GOD it was summer! I grabbed noodle and my finches and set them outside and then called my friend to see if they could stay a day or two until the fumes cleared out! They stayed for two days at my friends while I vented my house.
So be extra sure that things you use are safe and be sure to have someone you can call in an emergency to take your guys too in case something happens.
Have fun crafting!
If you make jewelry have you heard of Etsy? You should check it out, if anything it's an awesome community of handmade items!
www.etsy.com

My store is www.krazykritterkeep.etsy.com

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Re: Sculpey?

Postby tacotaco » Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:15 pm

misslady, i love etsy! i have bought a lot from that site. checked ur stuff out, beautiful!
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Re: Sculpey?

Postby entrancedbymyGCC » Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:36 pm

If I ever have enough time to make enough inventory, I plan to open an Etsy shop.
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