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Juniper_Ann
« on: April 28, 2009 11:36:07 AM »

I LOVE "Falling Garden" by Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger, and I want to make something similar (err..."inspired by") to hang over my bed.

http://www.steinerlenzlinger.ch/eye_giardino.html

I need it to be semi-portable, as this is certainly not my last house.  I was thinking of making a cotton gauze canopy and tying fishing line to that.  However, I worry about the cotton gauze rotting over time or deteriorating from strain.  Should I use polyester tulle instead?  Or just a big net of made of fishing line, or wire, or ribbon?  Or a trellis?  Not hurricane fencing, as I'm thinking pastoral.  What would you use?
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2009 09:19:09 AM »

Oh, that's GORGEOUS!  I'll bet it's theatrical net which, I think, they call scrim or some other unlovely name.  It's made in the same shape as the cells in a beehive. The only reason I know is I needed some to fake an old veil for a doll. It was cotton.

Yes, nylon/polyester tulle would be wonderful, and prob give you more body without starching it and still look light.  Wouldn't it be nice if it came in clear?  Are you going to post a picture of what you make??? You could wire the edges or through it to get the shape you want. My only concern, like all canopies, is fire from candles, but that's just me.
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2009 12:58:28 PM »

Thanks, x46.  I'll certainly post pics if/when I finish, but my projects tend to ferment for a very long time before they are completed.
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