Answer: Polymer clay is our preferred medium of choice. This moldable medium is made of non-toxic plastic ingredients and fillers. It is safe to touch with bare skin, though you should not let it come into contact with food or food utensils. If you choose to use any kitchen supplies (e.g., a knife to slice the clay, a fork for texturing, a baking dish or pan as a baking platform), we recommend that you use those tools for sculpting and store them away from your kitchen.
What are the recommended ages and skill levels for the DoggoBake Animal Sculptures products?
Answer: Children as young as 8 years can create polymer clay sculptures with adult supervision and guidance. If the sculpture will be preserved by curing (baking), an adult who can properly and safely operate the oven, follow instructions, and comply with all safety warnings must perform all tasks involving a conventional or toaster oven. Adult supervision is also mandatory for sculptures that include viscous cyanoacrylate for adhesion (i.e., Super Glue) or the use of sharp tools (e.g., scissors). Artists age 13 years and older can safely use our products independently if they know how to properly operate an oven, use adhesives and sharp tools, and safely follow all instructions.
What type of polymer clay do you use?
Answer: We prefer to use the Sculpey®Polyform polymer clay products for all our tutorials and products. The texture and consistency of each polymer clay we use depend on the type of project. We use Sculpey III for beginner tutorials and products that require smearing effects. We use Sculpey Premo Accents for animal jewelry. And we use a combination of Sculpey Original, Firm, and Medium blend for full-figure sculptures.
How much polymer clay do I need for one sculpture?
Answer: Our starter kits and tutorials specify the amounts and measurements needed to create each sculpture. If you want to create an animal sculpture of a different size than specified, refer to the package insert of the polymer clay brand of your choice for instructions.
Do I need to use a designated oven only for polymer clay?
Answer: No. Polymer clay is safe to bake (cure) in the same oven you use for baking food. However, you should regularly clean your oven and follow all instructions for the specific brand of polymer clay that you use. Burning clay may release fumes or hydrochloride gas, which may cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat. As a rule of thumb, polymer clay is safe to cure at 250° F, depending on its thickness, and can be rebaked multiple times. To avoid burning the polymer clay, always place uncured sculptures away from the heating elements, use a baking platform to prevent the clay from falling to the bottom of the oven, and immediately remove any pieces that fall off the platform.
How do your products and services cultivate resourcefulness?
Answer: We want to provide affordable crafts and projects that you can create at home, especially during the pandemic crisis. We are always looking for ways to apply simple innovations to the supplies and tools that we provide you in our tutorials. This might involve teaching you to use home tools or recycled materials. The methods and techniques that we formulate involve shortcuts and skills to help you bypass lengthy steps while still achieving outstanding results. In these ways, we help you cultivate resourcefulness and save both time and your money while gaining fun crafting activities for you, your friends, and your family.
Can I preorder products if they are currently out of stock?
Would you donate or participate in our animal fundraising event?
Answer: We love to help animal shelters and organizations that support animal welfare! Although we can't contribute to every cause (as much as we wish we could), we do participate in at least one effort each year. Please understand that our products and services are mostly handmade (i.e., extremely time-intensive), so inquiries go through a detailed review. We require proof of the fundraising event and a signed contract of conditions before we can commit to helping your cause. For inquiries, email JFCRN.email@example.com.
Who assembles your products?
Answer: Our physical products are assembled at our tiny factory. We include recycled materials in some products, and these materials go through a meticulous inspection. We follow strict packaging and handwashing guidelines and prohibit the reuse of supplies that contain or have had contact with any hazardous or infectious substances.
Do you sell your books individually on this website?
Answer: No. We offer book sets and bundles here, but if you prefer to purchase individual books, they are available through numerous book retailers worldwide. Visit your preferred bookseller, or see the artist's Amazon authorpage for more information.
How can I buy your books in bulk?
Answer: Buying in bulk directly from us gives you the best deal. We are only able to fulfill bulk orders within United States territory. Contact us with inquiries. Advance payment is required, and your books will be shipped directly from our printer in New Jersey.
Are you affiliated with other brands?
Answer: The artist, Joan Cabarrus, JFCRN Limited, and the DoggoBake Animal Sculptures product line are not affiliated with Sculpey or any other brands.
How can I pay for your books or products?
What are your shipping, return, and refund policy?
Answer: We currently only ship within United States at this time. Please see our Shipping Policy and our Return and Refund Policyfor information.
Do you keep my information private?