Reply Sat 8 Apr, 2006 10:28 pm
I want to help out my theatre company. One thing we sorely miss is a big mirror on the whole wall of the stage so that we can actually see ourselves during rehearsing choreographies.

I looked up mirror sheets - but they seem solid almost as a glass - shipping would be costly if not outright impossible. Plus, I want it FAST. We open the show in two weeks. Every day counts now.

I like the idea of mirror films - the kind you can stick on a window to resist heat.... but would that work on a black wall? I need something we can put up and take down easily. Something that would fold or at least roll in like a carpet. And, oh yeah. Something cheap, of course. And BIG. Any ideas? Anybody know what/where should I look?
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Sat 8 Apr, 2006 10:41 pm
.... or any other ideas of what can we use instead of a mirror that would cover a whole wall cheap? some sort of celophane or whatnot? Any creative ideas will be most welcome.
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2PacksAday
 
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Reply Sat 8 Apr, 2006 11:02 pm
What about..mylar.
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Sat 8 Apr, 2006 11:05 pm
what is mylar???

i was browsing home depot and found this:
Master Flow
24 In. x 36 In. Galvanized Steel Flat Sheet - 12 per Carton

Model GFS24X36

Price: $70.68/ea

http://www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload/HDUS/EN_US/asset/images/eplus/050206937006_4.jpg


Do you think galvanized steel would be reflective enough that we see our basic moves in there? We don't need to see details... just to keep track of what everybody's doing.
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2PacksAday
 
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Reply Sat 8 Apr, 2006 11:12 pm
The metal sheeting would work if detail is not a major factor, but seems to be a tad expensive. Stainless reflects the best but is very expensive.

Mylar is stuff you see on the back of helium ballons..the pretty ones that you get nowadays from the florist. They sell it in sheets...I just found a site but it's not very user friendly...I'll look a bit more.
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2PacksAday
 
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Reply Sat 8 Apr, 2006 11:20 pm
The problem with the metal would be...a fun house mirror effect...really odd images, unless you are very close, and even then...


I think this would work the best for you, you could glue it to wood, or just hang it with whatever, then roll it back up when not in use.

http://www.hydroponics.net/c/54

Edit: Just saw this at that site.

"Other uses we have had requests for this product include temporary mirrors for theatrical productions"

So, I'd say that would be a place to start.
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Sat 8 Apr, 2006 11:28 pm
Oh Wait!!! I found Nielsen

And wrote to the theatre director to ask what he thinks about my (well, and your) brilliant ideas. The lack of mirrors is truly frustrating. grrrrr.

5 MIL SILVER (Coated both sides) Great for making mirrors. Can scratch if rubbed too hard, must be cleaned with a cotton diaper, not terry cloth.

48" wide

10 ft 5 ml x 48" $33.00


25 ft 5 ml x 48" $60.00
50 ft 5 ml x 48" $112.00
100 ft 5 ml x 48" $196.00
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Sat 8 Apr, 2006 11:31 pm
I didn' finish - I got too excited. I found Nielsen's Enterprises - that have all sorts of mylar - and this one, that i posted above, should be as reflective as any mirror. Sounds great. I wish I could just buy it in the store and not wait 3 business days to have it shipped to me. Do you think I'd have luck in a gardening store?
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Sat 8 Apr, 2006 11:34 pm
You're a GENIUS, 2Packs. I think Mylar would really work great for what we need. I may order it without director's approval, just to get it in faster. After all, I can always make little artsy mirrors and sell them on a street corner later...right?
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2PacksAday
 
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Reply Sat 8 Apr, 2006 11:35 pm
Yeah I'd try there first...there has to be someone in your area that carries it.
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talk72000
 
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Reply Sat 8 Apr, 2006 11:39 pm
In a Dollar store they have mirror finish blanket sheets originally for astronauts. It keeps the body warm by reflecting the body heat back to the sleeping person. You can buy those for a dollar. They are folded in a pouch to fit in a handbag. It is basically a thin plastic sheet with a thin electroplated aluminum.
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Sat 8 Apr, 2006 11:44 pm
hmm, I didn't find that looking on their website. would those be reflective enough, you think?
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Sun 9 Apr, 2006 10:50 am
so i ordered a roll of highly reflective mylar film, i am praying that a) it will work and b) that the theatre bosses refund me...
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2PacksAday
 
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Reply Sun 9 Apr, 2006 11:39 am
Good luck Dag

If it fails, you can always blame it on bad advise from a hillbilly.
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 9 Apr, 2006 01:16 pm
I think the mylar is going to work. It will need a flat surface to mount to.
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talk72000
 
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Reply Sun 9 Apr, 2006 10:29 pm
The sheets I am referring to are outdoor camping blankets. They are blanket size. You could slice them as they are super thin and roll them up like torah scroll between two wooden roll pins. There are plastic roll-up mirrors you could order from India.

Here is the website: Indian roll-up plastic mirrors.
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Sun 9 Apr, 2006 10:39 pm
ohh, that sounds good, talk... too late for now - i ordered the mylar - but will certainly save that link for the future production. thanks everybody.
i'll let you know if it worked, 2packs, and will PM you my mailing address in case it didn't, so that you can send me a check! kidding, of course.
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