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Posted by B and B Studios, on 2008-05-17 12:19:07
Miniature chain-link fence
Right now we're working on that film about my girlfriends nightmares, we started the script, and started gathering the materials for it. Although when we got to the scene where she's inside her nightmare, I need something to use for a chain-link fence. I thought about using chicken wire although that's more of a hexagon shape. I thought that possibly some type of wire mesh might work.
If anyone has an idea for something I could use that isn't to expensive and come in large rolls possibly.
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Posted by emmyymme, on 2008-05-17 14:22:56
what scale are you working at?
Posted by wiz, on 2008-05-17 20:23:41
How about plastic mesh from fruit-bags, painted to look metallic?
(Google found this pic, which is the sort of mesh I have in mind:
If stretched onto a wire/pipe frame like chain-link fences, it would look pretty realistic and roughly the right scale.
Posted by B and B Studios, on 2008-05-17 14:31:28
Either 1:6 or 1:12, I may change to 1:12 for just this one film.
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Posted by emmyymme, on 2008-05-17 15:46:59
okay - I've done chain link in 1:12 scale. Because I only needed little bits I used dollar store strainers for the closeups (it was the closest pattern - pull them off their structure and flatten them out) or window screening for the far away shots. (the soup strainers are only really good if you're dirt broke and willing to put up with lots of tiny cuts pulling it apart...)
Posted by Nick H, on 2008-05-19 00:03:41
I get wire mesh wastepaper baskets from the $2 shop, which are about right for 1:6 scale. They aren't constructed quite the same way, but a little half-twist at each join with needlenose plyers would improve the look. I bought 4, but so far they are still outside protecting plant seedlings, I haven't needed a set with chainlink fencing.
The plastic fruitbag mesh looks good though.
If you wanted to be really obsessive you'd bend strips of wire in a zig-sag pattern and make the fence the way the real ones are made... but I figure the characters are the main thing.