Last Friday you had a glimpse of the work that's gone into sculpting and hollowing out the three reliefs I'm working on for the Bring Out Your Chinas Convention.
One of the technical challenges of sculpting a relief of this size is allowing the relief to dry out at the same rate thorough the piece so that there is no cracking or warping. Carving out the backside to an even thickness goes a long way to accomplishing this, but so does drying the reliefs in a controlled environment.
Once again I turned to my big damp box (aka the watertight plastic file box). But how to get three big flat objects in there? What I need are shelves...
Legos to the rescue once again!
A few "open windows" in the Lego walls allow a bit of airflow within the enclosed space, as do the shelves made from plastic grates. When the lid clamps down tight, the humidity level will remain constant for days if needed.
But of course the whole point is to get these reliefs dried out, so for a few hours a day the lid is lifted and fresh air flows in.
So that's the plan: controlled slow drying, then slow bisque firing. You can help by crossing your fingers too, that always helps!