As much as 'how' to make & work with the the perfect paper mache be it pulps or strips or both is & always will be an on going debate but just HOW many artists then go on to dry their projects can be as much as a debate too. I have used as many drying methods myself as anyone else may have such as: radiator drying on & suspended above or in front of. Air drying by standing in a corner at floor level or suspended in a corner of a warm or cool room. Even simply standing smaller items in front of my small 6" desk fan as i worked. ALL of these methods & any others many artists have tried work perfectly fine either for the artist or the materials (glues & papers etc) used in projects or the climates they live in. The real debate at hand in ALL cases is just how fast any artist can get a project to dry & do so without being troubled by warpping along the way.
Warpping in some cases is simply unavoidable especially with thin or large & thin projects even more so when using ANY external heat source. Using an external heat source alone is not the whole problem how ever uneven layers of strips or pulps (thicknesses over a wide surface) combine to increasing the chances of warpping during the drying period. Slow steady controlled air drying ie; Standing a project to be dried in an open space (indoors or outdoors) at first seems like the perfect soloution & in the natural scheme of things it more than likely is too. How ever indoor & outdoor temperatures can change radically through out the day. add to this a cold or damp climate can slow down or even change both drying times & the results on the project too. In the end it all comes down to chance!.
The need then is to get a project dried as quickly as possible without using heat to attempt to restrict as much warpping whilst achieving as much drying as possible in the shortest possible time along the way. I thnik i may have a very simple soloution to this age old problem & debate. A soloution that CAN be cheaply constructed since 'most' artists will have 90% of the required materials at hand at any given time. Also this method i am about to show you CAN be easily employed by vertually anyone with little to no technical skills, not loosing or altering the original function or the asthetic appearance of equipment used too radically either after use. The whole drying chamber construction i am about to show you is based on & around an every day simple house hold oscillating 16 inch fan.
1] A 16 INCH STAND FAN (or as large as you have or can afford).
2] A 60cm x 40cm x 3cm CHIPBOARD OR PLYWOOD SCRAP OF WOOD.
3] A 20cm x 20cm x 3cm CHIPBOARD OR PLYWOOD SCRAP OF WOOD.
4] 1 MATCHING CHROMED METAL TUBE LIKE THE EXISTING FANS STAND TUBE (Or a spare from an old broken fan).
5] 2 CARDBOARD FOIL INNER TUBES APPROXIMATELY 2cms IN DIAMETER.
6] 4 SCREWS (Same width as the larger sheet of wood).
7] 1 PHILIPS OR CROSS HEAD SCREW DRIVER.
8] 1 LARGE PLASTIC BAG (wheelie bin/trash can size).
9] 2 OR 3 LARGE ELASTIC BANDS.
CONSTRUCTING THE DRYING CHAMBER: