Yesterday afternoon I submerged a couple of carvings in water-filled tubs. They were showing some signs of drying out and a few hours in the water plumps up the flesh again. This time I forgot to go take them out and they remained in the water overnight. Apparently it didn’t hurt them and the carvings are refreshed. The inner flesh holds more water so they will have to be drained upside down for a while. When I soak pumpkins, I usually put a splash of bleach in the water to help slow bacteria and mold.