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|What sizes of StudioCloth are available? StudioCloth comes in 12´ x 20´, 12´´ x 15´, 9´ x 12´ and 6´ x 6´. The 12´ x 20´ is the most popular.|
|What sizes of Chameleon are available? Chameleon comes in 15´ x 30´, and 10´ x 15´. The 15´ x 30´ is the most popular.|
|What is the difference between StudioCloth and Chameleon? There are obvious size differences (Chameleon comes in larger sizes). Chameleon is heavier-weight and more durable. Visually, StudioCloth is slightly more mat; and drapes like a soft, light-weight cloth. Chameleon has more robust draping, and produces a slight halo effect around a lighted object. Both transmit light well.|
|How do I store my backdrop? We provide a "stuff" bag to contain the backdrop. The stuff bag makes irregular wrinkles, instead of creases in the fabric.|
|How can I get rid of the wrinkles? If you don´t want wrinkles, hang the cloth up and let most of the wrinkles fall out overnight. For a quick solution, clamp the four corners of the cloth taut. Steaming is possible if the steamer is held 3" or more from the cloth. Ironing on low synthetic settings is possible with StudioCloth, but not recommended with Chameleon.|
|How do I get a light painting type effect? Objects look slightly light painted when photographed behind the cloth (lit from behind the cloth as well). Try experimenting with the distance the cloth is from the camera itself for more pronounced effects.|
|What colors are available? Both StudioCloth and Chameleon are available in standard colors, and our hot colors. Standard colors are: Dark Grey, Medium Grey, Pearl Grey, Dark Brown, Sky Blue, and Tan. The "Hot" colors are: Off White, Royal Blue, Bright Red, Bright Yellow, Kelly Green, Bright Orange, Lavendar, and Pink. Please see COLORS to see the full range of colors we offer.|
|Do I need a heavy pipe weight? No. Ordinary sharkstooth scrim needs a heavy weight because it has to be stretched out. Chameleon™ doesn't stretch and doesn't need a heavy pipe weight. Part of the reason that the pipe pockets are small is to encourage use of light pipes. For most applications a pipe no bigger than 1" OD is needed--and we recommend a lighter weight alloy like aluminum. Many of our customers are happy with PVC pipes. Under no circumstances should you use a heavy pipe on a piece to be flown for obvious safety reasons. Studio Productions, Inc. doesn't accept liablity for misuse of products including using too heavy a pipe. Using smaller lighter weight pipes is just another cost savings. (Most StudioCloth™ applications should not use a pipe weight.)|
|What about Flame Retardant treatment? Chameleon™ and StudioCloth™ are not inherently flame retardant, although like most synthetics it tends to melt and draw away from flame sources. However, Studio Productions, Inc. recommends that all fabrics hung on stage or in public settings be flame retardant treated. We also recommend that care is taken to not expose any hung fabric--treated or not--to a flame source. If you are ordering Chameleon™ scrim (or StudioCloth™) without flame retardant treatment (perhaps to paint it) you should treat it before use for most applications.|
|Care of flame retardant treated fabrics. Like most vendors, Studio Productions, Inc. included recommend that flame retardant treated fabrics are periodically re-treated. Also if the fabric is wetted for any reason, the fabric should be retreated. Cleaning of flame retardant treated fabrics should be limited to shaking off dust, vacuuming with care, spot cleaning with care using a damp, not wet, cloth.|
|What colors are best? All of them (depends on you). Medium Grey is the most popular standard color; Royal Blue is the most popular "Hot" color.|
|Is there a cost difference? Both materials cost approximately the same per square foot.|
|What is color-layering? Two StudioCloth (or Chameleon) backgrounds, placed one directly in front of the other. Here the colors mottle together for an entirely different look. Dark Brown behind Light Grey will look like a background that is grey with some brown mottled in.|
|Can we buy directly from Studio Productions? Yes, in the U.S.A. 1-800-359-2964 or through Calumet (call 1-800-CALUMET). Our friends in Japan, should contact KPS. In other areas call 1-812-579-5063 for a salesman to assist you.|
|Can I use one StudioCloth with my existing backgrounds? Yes, placing a StudioCloth in front of any other background will change the color of the other background.|
|When do I see an object behind the StudioCloth? When you strongly light the object behind the cloth it is seen (Rule: you see what you light). If you front light the StudioCloth it becomes opaque.|
|Can you use these cloths opaquely? Yes, just front-light them as you would any opaque cloth (we suggest slightly stronger lighting).|
Can I use StudioCloth with paper?
Yes, StudioCloth in front of paper
will mottle the color of the cloth with that of the paper. Contrasting
colors work best.