(Closed) Polymer Clay worries

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@indecisivebride89:  It’s only sitting on top of your cake for a few hours, it isn’t really going to be an issue unless you’re using it to eat out of, store food, etc.  If you’re worried you can always put a cut out a piece of wax paper and adhere it to the base (be sure to cut the paper the exact same shape as the base).

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

Put it on a stand that is food-safe.

You are right that this type of clay is not food-safe. It has high PVC content, which has phthalates (hormone-disrupting toxins) that are not strongly bonded to the polymer and lipophilic…meaning they readily leach out of the polymer and into the food.

All you need is a barrier between the clay and the food and it should be fine.

Ideally you would use gloves when working with this clay as well, for the same reason. It readily enters your body through your skin as well. Nitrile gloves would be perfect.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

Just a note, building on what joya aspera said:

“Lipophilic” means that it’s drawn towards lipids – fats – which is what frosting is: a blend of sugar and butter (or margarine, or shortening, etc.) So you definitely don’t want to set it directly on top of the frosting. Definitely use a food-safe barrier.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

That sounds adorable! We thought of doing that, but FH would prefer Linkand Zelda, so I think we will do that

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