I just got reminded that there is something i have been intending to make for sometime now. NOT something paper mache per say, BUT!, definately something to speed up drying of most any paper mache projects. Radiator drying IS the fasted method for drying any PM project be it based around strips or pulps. How ever it WILL increase warping on many projects that are not spherical or box like shape. Balloon based armatures which a lot of my projects are based around is even trickier in terms of expansion mishaping & bursting during radiator drying even when taking care & monitoring them. So whilst being extremely effective in terms of drying times it is not always then 'the ultimate' effective method in drying.
Hot, warm or even cold air passing constantly over 'anything wet' IS a fast drying method with out any doubt (thats why we put washing on a clothes line outside). How ever being able to force air over a project in a constant controlled manor isn't always so simple. Yes you can stand any project any size in front of a large fan or two fans even but a LOT of fast moving air IS going to miss the project & reduce drying times quite a bit even if you don't realise this. Of course space to use more than one fan can be an issue to many people (myself expecially). The obvious & simplest answer to this problem is then a 'drying chamber' the design for which i have in mind IS extremely cheap, easy to make & requires NO real techincal skills in inovation or creation to speak of.
The most exspencive item for the drying chamber will be the fan fixed or oscilating types, but the largest you can afford will be more efficiant. I say i have been meaning to make this for some time now, for some reason i can't explain i keep forgetting to purchase a large fan to dedicate to this project. Since i only go art supply shopping once a month (every 4 weeks) your going to have to be patient with me on this one & wait another 2/3 weeks before i can get what i require (er!, a large fan lol). I WILL how ever show you how to make the drying chamber once i have all the required fan lol.
The design for the drying chamber i have in mind will not only be simple to make (trust me on this) but WILL also have nothing but benifits which include: easy setup/storage, easy access when inserting projects to dry & check if dry. Will take up ONLY space according to the height & a fraction wider thean the dimensions of the fan head (the blades & covering cage). The design is such it can be placed almost anywhere in the house, shed or art room where there is space to stand ANY large fan!.
So just thought i would throw this into the mix to get the ball or blog rolling a bit more on this first day of 2010 & my official return back to activity on the internet lol. Remember this project WILL increase drying times ten fold be it strip or any mix of pulp based project, IS very VERY simple to make & requires little to NO technical skills. You WILL even be able to 'alter' my initial design to take larger projects at no real extra cost too but more on this in a couple of weeks. I want to get back to unfinished projects i have going on my blog for the present time.