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     abernathysj
    • Experience: 5-10 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

    Hi y’all, I’m looking for some tips on laying out silk drops. I have 2 panels for an act curtain, and they are made of hemmed & webbed silver allegro silk from Rose Brand. painting it is the easy part – I got a sample scrap a few weeks ago and figured out our process. the part I’m concerned about is layout.

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    this is the fabric and rendering. it’s meant to look like an office wall, with frosted glass and aluminum framing. I’m not changing the appearance of the glass panes at all, I’m just painting opaque lines for the aluminum framing. because the panels are already hemmed, I’m not sure how to staple down the fabric so that I can paint those lines all the way to the edge without ending up with staple holes in my nice smooth aluminum finish. furthermore, the goods are a bit wrinkled from transit and spraying them with hot water doesn’t work like it does on cotton goods. I want to test ironing but I wanted to know if there was a faster solution. I wish I could just pull it tight, staple, paint, and unstaple, but I think the wrinkles will just come right back and turn all my straight lines into wiggly ones. I can’t use starch or size to smooth it out and keep it smooth like I can on a muslin drop.

    tl;dr this wonky wiggly wrinkly fabric needs to hang completely flat and straight, HEEEELP

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    #15515

    Use a sample piece, and try an industrial steamer. Obviously because it’s polyester, you’re looking for the heat, not the steam. You almost need to heat the wrinkles out. Are they putting any hanging weights at the bottom of the finished piece, or framing it?

    The nice part, since it won’t size, you could use masking tape instead of staples.

    So, I’d tape down and out your sample, steam (or VERY carefully iron), paint, and then untape and see what happens.

    Good luck to you!

    #15516
     abernathysj
    • Experience: 5-10 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

    cmrainh2o wrote:

    Use a sample piece, and try an industrial steamer. Obviously because it’s polyester, you’re looking for the heat, not the steam. You almost need to heat the wrinkles out. Are they putting any hanging weights at the bottom of the finished piece, or framing it?

    The nice part, since it won’t size, you could use masking tape instead of staples.

    So, I’d tape down and out your sample, steam (or VERY carefully iron), paint, and then untape and see what happens.

    Good luck to you!

    Thanks for responding! we figured out that ironing with a piece of muslin between the silk and the iron really works. and I am actually steaming the heck out of it, which I did not expect to help, but it does.

    My charge also suggested tape in our brainstorming, and I agree, that sounds like a good substitute. Rachel Keebler just texted me and suggested adhesive velcro, which would be sturdier. I don’t know if we have that on hand or how much it would cost if we don’t, though.

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