There is nothing worse than losing a bunch of work because it dried out too much before you could get back to work on the next step. I can't count high enough to tell you how many times this has happened to me! Plastic bags are great at slowing down the drying process, but they can mar the surface of the work causing a bunch of clean up work later.
Today's quick tip offers an awesome way around that issue. Michael Bossin of Sharon, Massachusetts, explains his simple solution for making an instant damp box with materials that are likely close at hand in the studio! Plus, Annie Chrietzberg shares a larger scale solution!– Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.
Inverting plastic buckets over your work is a great way to create instant damp boxes. Not only are they very effective at slowing or halting drying, they also protect your work while it driesIn our studio, we use inverted plastic buckets to cover works in process. The buckets easily hold work in "suspended animation" for several weeks at a time. For slow drying, a small hole or two will provide a controlled environment. You can even add moisture by placing a small dish of water under the bucket next to your piece. The buckets don't touch the work, they offer protection and cost nothing (or very little). If you use them with a bat underneath, you can stack them. Use an empty cottage cheese container for a mug or a garbage can for a sculpture; they all work great.
If you're looking for a larger damp cabinet, check out Annie Chrietzberg's tip:
In our classroom, we have a set of shelves we've made into a damp cabinet. Wrapping plastic around simple forms works to retard drying, but a piece with handles and/or spouts can be damaged. We've taken a shelving unit and completely enclosed it with a cheap plastic drop cloth. We left an extra amount on both sides for the "door," which we close with clothes pins. If we need a damper atmosphere, we can place a bowl of water or wet sponges in the cabinet, or spray the plastic down, rather than spraying the pieces. The cabinet is designated for composite and sculptural pieces only, and works like a charm!