stained glass windows

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stained glass windows
Posted by chocho willy on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 4:52 PM

Tom i found on Pinterest wher you had put stained glass windows in the second story of a building and I was not familiar with the term vue-graft. are those just picture negatives? Redoing an old torn up piko church and that would look cool in the windows, Thanks BillMost of my windows have Vue-graph treatments. These stain glass windows are from a photo I took of a church in Germany MANY years ago.

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Posted by ttrigg on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 5:15 PM

Bill;

Vue-Graph: 1960's classroom technology. Big box with very loud fan and bright light shining up through a glass plate, focusing mirror, about 18 inches above glass plate. Teacher puts 8 1/2" x 11" clear acetate with a graphic on the glass plate and projected on a screen. The acetate has different sides. One side smooth and 'sealed' can be drawn on with 'water pens' (erasable marker) that can be wiped clean. Second side is microscopically rough and porous, image is permanent.

The acetate sheets are still available in the BIG office supply stores, especially during the holidays for hand made decorations 'water glued' to house windows. They can be found in the label section between the sheets of 1/2"x2 1/2" mailing labels and the single sheet 8 1/2x11 labels. Now days they have a removable 3/8" white strip so our printers and copiers can "see" the sheets. the strip is on the 'rough' side, where our ink jet and laser printers, print will stay in place. If you ink jet print on the smooth side, the image will wipe off if touched too soon. Allow the image to dry on the 'rough' side for 2~3 minutes.

I print the window art on one sheet, then glue (Elmer's Spray Glue from the grade school art supply section) a clear sheet over the printed surface. The glue dries clear and the 'cover sheet' prevents garden sprinkler system washing the ink away. The saloon faces directly at our California sun all day long. Image fading will occur after a few years. My HP ink jet lasts about 3 years before fading is noticeable, HP laser printer is good for about 5 years. Image is 90% gone after about 8 or 9 years. In other words, when the plastic building has oxidized to the point it needs to be cleaned and or repainted the windows need to be replaced as well.

I hope this answers your question.

If you go this way, I would like to see a pic of your windows.

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Posted by ttrigg on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 7:16 PM

I have also used this method to put curtains and window shades inside buildings. My daughter was excited when I put a pic of her as a toddler peaking out behind the curtain.

With very limited success I hung a large actetate 'picture' inside the building showing furniture. From the correct angle it gives an alomest 3-D effect.

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Posted by ttrigg on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 9:32 PM

More 'Vue-Graph' stained glass window and curtains. Base strucure was a bird house from Michaels.

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Posted by chocho willy on Saturday, September 30, 2017 2:38 PM

Well I chickened out and bought windows off ebay, found dealer that would make them any size, pictures of real stained glass, they were sandwiched between to sheets of plastic and sealed, The ones I picked were exactly as pictures but when I got them they just didn't show up well in such a small space 7/8" w x  7/8" h so I colored them with sone permanent markers. Good luch with your raised bed my back feels for you, Bill

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Posted by ttrigg on Saturday, September 30, 2017 3:16 PM

Getting light behind the stained glass windows is important. The hotel you cited has 4 rather large skylights in the roof as well as 3 lightbulds for nightime lighting. They are by definition small and hard to see but enough light from behind will make them stand out.

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