In between each layer (application) of paint the parts should be baked. There are exceptions, (such as touch-ups or creases, nails etc.,) to this rule that we will explore later during one of our painting sessions. Finding the right oven for this was a real challenge for me. I found many suggestion on Reborn Doll forums. It is advised against using your oven that you use for cooking family food. The vinyl gives off fumes and could contaminate your oven. Before I heard that I had used my oven, but found it did not hold temperature at 265 degrees F which is the desired baking temperature.
Convection ovens are recommenced by many. I found that most of them were too small. The oven needs to
Then I heard about the NuWave Infrared oven. I have found it works really well, with
some manipulation. I guess nothing is perfect. This oven blows a constant heat at the set temperature, So it is instant heat, you do not need to preheat (although I do just slightly). The only problem is the timer is digital and setting 6 is for 255 degrees and 7 is for 275, with no in between. I use the setting 7 when I place the parts in and when my oven thermometer reaches 265, which means the air temperature in the oven has now reached 265. this takes about 5 minutes. At this time I turn the oven off and let the parts sit in the oven for another 3 minutes. This usually works well.
Although one time the holding temperature dropped to fast and I decided to restart and must have put in the wrong setting and before I knew it I had melted the dolls face. And this was my last bake on the doll. Boy was I up set, so lesson learned not only don't text when you drive- don't text while you are baking dolls either.