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     Sarathescenic
      • Experience: 10-15 years
      • Scenic Status: Part Time Freelance

      So I’ve been given the task of painting a design, preferably in glittery gold, on several circus silks. Those are the long stretchy piece of fabric that acrobats twist around their bodies and hang 30′ in the air from. [attachment=0]IMG_0378.JPG[/attachment]

      Does anyone have any experience with this? I’m pretty sure I can’t use any paint. I haven’t used a whole lot of dye, but I don’t think I can get a sparkly sheen out of dye. The fabric get twisted and bunched and stretched so whatever I use needs to be flexible. Is there a gold that does this?

      #15058
       Rachael Claxton
        • Experience: 5-10 years
        • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

        Hey Sara,

        I’ve had great success with the Jacquard Lumiere paints on similar type fabrics. I haven’t used their gold, but last year I did a lace pattern on white silk with the silver and it worked great. The fabric still flowed and moved beautifully (they were using it as a sort of sail in a dance piece). I watered down the paint (at least 5 water : 1 paint if I remember correctly) and put it through a Hudson and still was able to achieve a very pearlescent effect.

        Hope that helps!

        Rachael

        Actors Theatre

        #15059
         Sarathescenic
          • Experience: 10-15 years
          • Scenic Status: Part Time Freelance

          Thanks Rachael! I’ll try it out.

          #15060

          If you don’t mind, can you post the results of this project when you finish it? (after the show opens or what ever stipulations the client has) I would love to see what this looks like!

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