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How do I tighten the paper on a Shoji screen? Answered

Im quite happy with my pine batten and tracing paper shoji screen, except for when humidity climbs up to 50% plus, then the tracing paper sections start to sag.
During summer it stays tight as a drum for pretty much the entire season, but winter is a different story altogether and the sagging paper panels isn't quite the look I was going for.
Any ideas?

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RavingMadStudios

Best Answer 8 years ago

Skip the paper altogether and replace it with a lightweight fabric that resembles paper. It'll stretch tighter without ripping, and be more durable in general. The screen looks great, BTW.

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petercdRavingMadStudios

Answer 8 years ago

seems the best, although most expensive way to go. How would you attach the fabric to the wood? staples wouldn't really do it for me.

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Re-designRavingMadStudios

Answer 8 years ago

I agree. If you tighten the paper in humid conditions when it is dry it will rip.

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steveastroukRe-design

Answer 8 years ago

What happens if you spray a laquer on them ? Do they go transparent ?

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petercdsteveastrouk

Answer 8 years ago

This was my first thought on the matter and I tried it out on a test piece, disaster, went all saggy and clear virtually like a window pane. I didnt want to imagine what the finished article would have looked like dried. :)

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BurfRavingMadStudios

Answer 8 years ago

+1
A white satin, polyester fabric would be ideal

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jwilliamsen

7 years ago

Technically, if the paper is "real" shoji paper - or "washi" - you can mist it with water and let it air dry over 2-3 days - that will usually tighten it up. If you need something really tough, you could replace what you have with bonded papers that have a PVC backing. Using cloth is a bit of a PITA and it's difficult to bond it to the kumiko (slats) without it sagging and pulling - cloth is almost never used unless it it backed by something. You might want to check out eshoji.com for more information on papers - it's where I buy the papers I use for my projects. I've been very happy with their pricing and service.