I am interested in hearing from anybody who has experience using opera netting as the basis of a drop, rather than as a support to a cut drop.
I have been presented with a design that specs a piece of netting about 30′ wide and 18′ tall with several 1-ply, irregularly-shaped and different lengths of horizontal strips of gauze attached (how, TBD).
As designed, there is no allowance for any anchor of any kind to keep/stretch the net square once installed, keeping it in one plane and not gathered where the weightier areas are.
My thoughts so far are that a scrim might better serve, either as a base to attach the gauze or even to paint the shapes on, but regardless would still need to be stretched.
Detailed stories of success or failure appreciated!
I have done that but we ALWAYS stretch ours on a frame. Otherwise it will catch on everything hanging within 1 – 2 feet on either side upstage or downstage (especially lighting instruments). And air currents might screw you up further.