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#1 Madmingei

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 09:11 AM

Hi there, I am about to make some new storage shelves for my student's work and wondering if anyone knows some good insulating material that prevents the work drying out too quickly? The students are usually only at class once per week and I would love to avoid the whole wrapping with plastic thing! It would be great if they could make, leave in storage and return in a week to find the work perfectly leather-hard for trimming! Is that a pipe dream or can anyone suggest something wacky?
Thanks in anticipation!

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 09:20 AM

There's another thread goin with talk on the same topic...

Thoughts:

wrap the entire shelf in plastic

use "Oven bags" to cover the work. They DO NOT breathe.

Someone else mentioned placing a wet towel inside the drying area

a small misting humidifier in the space will also help.

good luck

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#3 Pres

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 09:40 AM

Hi there, I am about to make some new storage shelves for my student's work and wondering if anyone knows some good insulating material that prevents the work drying out too quickly? The students are usually only at class once per week and I would love to avoid the whole wrapping with plastic thing! It would be great if they could make, leave in storage and return in a week to find the work perfectly leather-hard for trimming! Is that a pipe dream or can anyone suggest something wacky?
Thanks in anticipation!


I used to require HS students to bring in boxes and bags to store work in. These worked well for years, and then I noticed a lot of kids started bringing in large plastic containers. these they would use upside down with a board on the lid. Press the seal, carry to a shelf and store. next day still damp and workable. When I started doing adult classes I set aside a storage area for them, as they were only there once a week. Taught them about the kids storage technique, and their pots would usually be firm enough(leather hard) for trimming by the next Saturday class. I did also have a wet cabinet that I stored larger or more delicate pieces in. Here at home I have an old fridge that I use for a wet cabinet-works great.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 09:43 AM

Hi there,


Don't know what your space is like but old fridges work well, albeit they are god ugly and take up space. Otherwise I know you want to get away from the plastic bag thing but I find that that very thin plastic that dry cleaners use is great. Trina

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 11:32 AM

Hi there, I am about to make some new storage shelves for my student's work and wondering if anyone knows some good insulating material that prevents the work drying out too quickly? The students are usually only at class once per week and I would love to avoid the whole wrapping with plastic thing! It would be great if they could make, leave in storage and return in a week to find the work perfectly leather-hard for trimming! Is that a pipe dream or can anyone suggest something wacky?
Thanks in anticipation!


I don't know if you have space for one for every student, or if their work would fit, but I have a big Sterlite container (mine is transparent) that I put a couple of inches of plaster in the bottom. Wet the plaster and put the pieces in the box and put the lid on and it stays workable for months.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 12:55 PM

This is easy and looks interesting. You could add trays of gravel that you dampen, to make it last even longer.



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Posted 04 January 2012 - 06:57 PM

Ice cream buckets.... perfect for small pieces....

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:03 AM

I really like the plastic container idea ... It serves the purpose of keeping the work damp while also defining the amount of space they use. Work they want to dry could be placed on a board atop this container. Another benefit is that it puts the responsibility for keeping the work properly stored on them, rather than on a shelving system you created.

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