I am planning to buld some shoji windows, but need something more waterproof and windproof for the white part. Any suggestions?
Check out the blinds section at Home Depot, I saw some blind material yesterday that might work. You may need to use this as just the cosmetic part though with something else providing the waterproof/windproof part.
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Many places, including Lowes and Home Depot have window film that looks like rice paper. It's in the blinds aisle, with all the other solar films.
You could use glass for the actual structure, and then apply the film to the inside of the glass.
There are even some nice translucent and semi-translucent ones you can order online. The ones I've seen in stores are pretty opaque.
The website below sells some waterproof acrylic panels and laminated rice paper. They show it being used on an outdoor structure covered in snow.
Here is a link that might be useful: eShoji.com
sorry for the late response but if you are still considering alternatives....i've used florescent light lens material from hd or lowes...about 2 x 4 feet plain translucent white..
I'll look at the paper in the blinds section. So far everything I have seen is quite opague.
I do plan to use it as backing on glass.
You might want to consider material not originally intended for that use, but would work very well. Diffusion material, generally used in TV, Film, and photographic lighting would work. It's tough, and comes in many different opacities, thicknesses, and (not really useful for your question) colors. A few companies make it, but Rosco brand is well known. I'd suggest you could order an inexpensive (or free) swatch sample book, (google it) and find what works best for your needs. A product I've used (in the photo industry) is Rosco Tuff Spun #105. It looks like a very thin spun cloth that is used on lights outdoors in the rain and wind. It comes in large rolls or smaller 20x30" sheets I think. The one thing that I'm not sure of is the long-term use outdoors. I just haven't used it that way before, and i"m not sure if it's color yellows. It's worth checking out though. I'll include the link, but keep in mind it's written for people in the industry that knows what all the jargon means.
Here is a link that might be useful: Rosco Lighting Filters
I went shopping for material again and found some film at Home Depo for putting on glass. One variety is actually called Rice paper. A second brand was found in a different part of the store.
this material comes in fairly small sheets and is very expensive. It would cost over $100 to do 3 fairly small windows.
I also had a look at parchment paper used for baking. It actually looks better than the film and is much cheaper. I plan to try to use it and glue it to the back of the glass.