Stretching Muslin - Prop room

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  1. joeranger

    joeranger Sr Member

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    I would like to stretch Muslin (cotton) over a wood frame. I need to put it on wet and then when it dries it shrinks and tightens up right? I will probably add a little white glue to the water to create a harder surface.
    I am making translucent panels so I need a material that will diffuse light.
     
  2. megazone27

    megazone27 New Member

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    there's some clips of people making greenscreen out of muslin stretched on frames. that might be the place to find some guidance.

    Muslin Greenscreen
     
  3. ONEYE

    ONEYE Sr Member

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    Oh man, I read the thread too quickly, I thought the worst, "Stretching Muslim."
     
  4. MaulWalker

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    I've stretched fabric on wooden frames for a room. (I was using a checked fabric, so it had to be straight on the frame.) You don't really have to wet it.

    Fasten the fabric at the center of one long side for a couple of inches. Then move to to the opposite side, Stretch the fabric over the frame and fasten it down at the center for a couple of inches. Keep moving side to side working from the center out towards the ends.

    When you get close to the ends of the long sides, start at the center of the short sides and repeat what you did on the long sides

    When you finally get to the corners of the frame, form a nice mitered corner and cut away excess fabric.
     
  5. chad951

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    It is amazing how our brain sometimes just fills in most letters in words as we read them. Sometimes it is the wrong letters and can totally change the meaning of the sentence or phrase we are reading. That is why you always read something important more than once.
     
  6. joeranger

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    Well, it didn't work the first way. I soaked the fabric in a diluted water and white glue solution. I looked perfect until it dried and then major sag. I have a second piece which I wet and through in the dryer. I measured it first to see if it is smaller.

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  7. Lady Arwynn

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    I wouldn't soak it wet. This is because the muslin is a finer weave than say canvas so the stretching while soaking wet will pull the threads. Also might want to consider if it is 100% cotton muslin or a blend. Blends might give you trouble with sagging. Once the fabric is on the frame I would try using starch instead of glue.
     
  8. joeranger

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    The idea is to have a lightweight inexpensive way to create a scifi ceiling.
    Canvas is a little heavier and more expensive but the fibers hold up better.

    Muslin reacts to the glue and paint but is cheep and light.

    I had been using 4x8 sheets of drywall but they are heavy.

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