Star Ceiling Project

dansan

Active Member
Thought I'd share my experience of installing my own Starscape infinity kit, hoping it might help anyone considering something similar to give it a bash!
Having updated my humble garage cinema during the lockdowns with some new kit which included me making a perimeter 'coffer' to house some new atmos speakers and relocate the main lights into it it became apparent just how unlevel and hideous the existing ceiling had been left and I started to think about either a stretched fabric or some of Starscapes Infinity panels as a way to really finish off the room.

After a few emails with Peter at Starscape I took the decision to have a bash and see how good a job I could do by going for a DIY infinity kit, the kit consisting of the LED light source, hydra 6 Splitter, 6 extension tails & carrier tails, fabric covering & silicone construction adhesive, I also ordered a shooting star from Peter at the same time consisting of a control unit and its own set of 'fibre tails'.

From the advice I received from Peter I choose to use the same PalFoam product as they do for making the panels, this was ordered from a separate supplier supplied pre cut to the dimensions I wanted, the rest of the bits and pieces I would need were sourced from various different suppliers.

The quality of Starscapes components is top notch and the whole project has turned out really great in my opinion, but less waffle, hopefully a few pictures will help show what I think is a huge pre/post improvement.

My unlevel ceiling, although it doesn't look to bad from this angle it's far worse at the other end!!
6) setting ceiling height.JPG


First panel getting fabric glued down
13) stycobond f1 adhesive applied by roller.JPG


I had colour coded templates printed from images made using the starfield generator ( link on starscapes website), drilled largest to smallest fibres marking on the board after each size change.
18) drilled larges to smallest, folding back template to colour code board between sizes.JPG


panel fully drilled/marked
19) 1st panel drilled and colour coded.JPG


carrier tail fibres fitted and fixed
22) fibres bonded.JPG


Matt black vehicle wrap used to cover the rear of the panel
24) vehicle wrap used to cover rear of pane 2.JPG


Wrap applied, fabric spray adhesive fixed to the edges and back, finished panel bar mounting choices and fibre trimming
26) fabri 3M spray glued to board edge and back.JPG


Panel with the 'shooting star' this one took quite a bit of time/effort!
36) main fibre tail fiting.JPG


think i was seeing stars by this point🤣
37) 260 fibres bonded!.JPG


Finished up pretty neat though.
41) ss panel fabric edges glued.JPG


Panels going up, four out of the six fitted.
3) 4 up 2 to go.JPG


panels aligned and fibres trimmed
10) view across panel array turned off.JPG


the final effect
13) stars only, movie on.JPG


pure chance captured the 'shooting' star in this pic!!
17) shooting star captured in a still!.JPG
 

avjon

Member
Oooooh, that's nice. Good job.
 

dansan

Active Member
Did you use silicon to “glue” down the strands ? Cheers
yep, I found the bits of gaffer tape helped keep the fibres positioned, then a dob of general purpose construction adhesive/silicone over each of the fibres to secure them👍 That was supplied in with the kit as well.
 

Harkon321

Well-known Member
Inspirational. What a great job. If I ever go down this route, I don't think I'd have mine on for films (I like it pitch black), but for general viewing and that wow factor when you open the door, it certainly takes some beating. Something I may go back to look at in the future.
 

Member 878021

Standard Member
Thought I'd share my experience of installing my own Starscape infinity kit, hoping it might help anyone considering something similar to give it a bash!
Having updated my humble garage cinema during the lockdowns with some new kit which included me making a perimeter 'coffer' to house some new atmos speakers and relocate the main lights into it it became apparent just how unlevel and hideous the existing ceiling had been left and I started to think about either a stretched fabric or some of Starscapes Infinity panels as a way to really finish off the room.

After a few emails with Peter at Starscape I took the decision to have a bash and see how good a job I could do by going for a DIY infinity kit, the kit consisting of the LED light source, hydra 6 Splitter, 6 extension tails & carrier tails, fabric covering & silicone construction adhesive, I also ordered a shooting star from Peter at the same time consisting of a control unit and its own set of 'fibre tails'.

From the advice I received from Peter I choose to use the same PalFoam product as they do for making the panels, this was ordered from a separate supplier supplied pre cut to the dimensions I wanted, the rest of the bits and pieces I would need were sourced from various different suppliers.

The quality of Starscapes components is top notch and the whole project has turned out really great in my opinion, but less waffle, hopefully a few pictures will help show what I think is a huge pre/post improvement.

My unlevel ceiling, although it doesn't look to bad from this angle it's far worse at the other end!!
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First panel getting fabric glued down
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I had colour coded templates printed from images made using the starfield generator ( link on starscapes website), drilled largest to smallest fibres marking on the board after each size change.
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panel fully drilled/marked
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carrier tail fibres fitted and fixed
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Matt black vehicle wrap used to cover the rear of the panel
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Wrap applied, fabric spray adhesive fixed to the edges and back, finished panel bar mounting choices and fibre trimming
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Panel with the 'shooting star' this one took quite a bit of time/effort!
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think i was seeing stars by this point🤣
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Finished up pretty neat though.
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Panels going up, four out of the six fitted.
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panels aligned and fibres trimmed
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the final effect
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pure chance captured the 'shooting' star in this pic!!
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Speaking for Starscape, it's hard to fault Dan's achievement in any way. Really excellent work! Peter Fagan
 

dansan

Active Member
Inspirational. What a great job. If I ever go down this route, I don't think I'd have mine on for films (I like it pitch black), but for general viewing and that wow factor when you open the door, it certainly takes some beating. Something I may go back to look at in the future.
Thanks👍
I too like total darkness for 95% of films and when it’s off the fabric is extremely good at absorbing reflected light.
I’ve also managed to get it set up using a Vera plus, some lightwave rf & and linking the Vera to my harmony remote, by creating a scene with any of the devices pause/stop/exit buttons as a trigger when I pause a movie or end one from the Vera harmony app (phone or tablet control) it turns the ceiling on, it’s much easier on the eyes than dimmed main lighting but plenty enough to see easily to pop for a drink or snack😆! A similar set up scene with play as the trigger turns the ceiling back off, a master lightwave wire free wall switch also controls it for simple on/off at any time.
 

dansan

Active Member
How did you replicate the magnet mounts?
Everything I used was sourced in the uk after a little Googling for suitable magnets, the tethers were via a company I’ve used in the motor trade before but there easy enough to find if you use the right search terms.
The track can be any steel c section you want I guess, as long as it’s a heavy enough gauge, dimensions are key, I drilled the holes for the tethers/fibre tails with a cone cutter in a pillar drill, the steel track is screwed into the original ceilings joists. Couple of pics might explain better?
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I omitted these images first time around as I’m not suggesting anyone use what I did or do it how I did, with stuff hanging overhead it’s up to yourself as to what your happy with, safety first👍
 

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