I needed a bigger silk than the 48″ circle pop-up I already have, so I picked up a 4′ x 6′ Westcott Scrim Jim 1 1/4 stop silk from B&H. The only problem was that I didn’t have a frame for it, and I really didn’t want to pay the additional $250 at the moment. So with about $25, a stop at the hardware store, and at Walmart, I was able to build my own. It took about a half hour.
What You Need:
About 20′ of adhesive backed velcro strips, 3/4″ wide
Two 10′ lengths of 1/2″ PVC
Four 1/2″ PVC Elbows
A saw to cut the PVC
4′ x 6′ Scrim Jim Silk
Lay out your silk on a clean surface, and measure the length needed for the 6′ side. I wanted it to be as tight on the frame as possible, so that meant I wanted to account for a portion of the length of the PVC elbow as well. Don’t worry about the shorter sections yet. (FYI: My exact measurements for the PVC lengths were 5′ 9″ x 3′ 10″, but you should still double check yours.)
Cut the velcro to the length of the PVC, though be sure to account for the inch or so that will go into the elbow. Also, I may want to add a cross bar in the middle later to strengthen up the frame, so I also allotted 6″ or so without velcro in the middle in case I need to cut it later. Adhere the velcro in as straight a line as possible – use the printed words on the pipe as a guide.
Attach the silk to the 6″ side first, then measure for your 4′ cross bars. Cut them so the silk is rather tight once they’re in place. Once you’re satisfied, remove them and add the velcro as before. Re-assemble and asses where you are. Remember: you can rotate the pipes outward slightly to get the silk as tight as possible. Finally, I also added really thin velcro strips to the inside corers of the elbows (you can see them if you look close in the pictures). The Scrim Jim silk not only has the velcro along the edges, but it also has little velcro tabs at each corner, so adding it to the elbows make the silk just a bit tighter on the frame.