You may know this, but I would be careful with covering your work during the drying period with effloresced Egyptian faience, which many potters call Egyptian paste. I cover my Egyptian faience pieces only while I'm working on them and even then not for long periods of time. Once I'm done working on a piece, I make sure to expose all the surfaces that I want to be glazed to the air to encourage drying and the "wicking process" that causes the sodium to migrate to the surface. This is what creates the glazed surface. Covering with plastic or anything else - especially loosely or partially covering - can cause the sodium to migrate to some areas but not others, resulting in an uneven glaze surface.
As for an alternative to a drying cabinet - do you have access to a small electric space heater? I sometimes use a small, inexpensive (15-25 US dollars) space heater. It is somewhat wasteful energy-wise, but the dry heat works well for drying Egyptian faience.
If that doesn't answer your question, let me know and I'll try again.
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