Have Fun - Easy stained glass windows
1 I've found a great way to make stained glass windows. On the Building Plans page I've added a color page of stained glass.
2 You can print the windows out on paper from a color printer.
You could print out two copies, glue them back to back, then glue them in the windows, or if you only needed one side, just glue one copy in the window.
3 You can print the windows out on transparency plastic from a color printer. Be sure it's especially made for your printer!
I'm using Hewlett Packard's Premium Inkjet Transparency Film #HP C3834A. You can get it directly from Hewlett Packard if an office supply store nearby doesn't have it.
4 Do not try to print on any old plastic! I won't be responsible for anyone screwing up their printer by using the wrong stuff.
If you have a printer other than an HP, call the manufacturer and ask them what kind of transparency they would suggest.
5 When printed, simply cut out the plastic window and glue it into place.
For an even nicer effect, combine the stained glass window along with the stone tracery (shown in the next section).
Window Tracery
1 Here's a way to make stone tracery. It's not the easiest, but it has a nice effect.
On the Building Plans page I've added a window tracery page. It's an Adobe Acrobat file, so you'll need Acrobat to open it.
2 Glue down the tracery page onto a piece of cereal box. You can use thicker card stock for a better effect, but it's much more difficult to cut.
A glue stick works the best. If you use elmer's, it stays wet for a long time and warps the paper.

Using a hobby knife, cut the details out of the windows. I'm using a cutting board to make the blade last longer and make smoother cuts.

Test fit the window and see if it needs any trimming before you paint it.

3 I painted the cathedral using three colors; a dark, medium and light color of greyish-brown. I'm going to paint the tracery using the medium color of grey-brown.
I'm using one of these cheap sponge brushes. It puts on a thick coat (by dabbing it on) and you can throw the brush away when you're done.
4 When dry, use the lightest color or grey-brown to paint the highlights. You don't have to do this if you don't want to I just thought it would add a nice touch.
Add white to the bottom right edges of every part of the tracery.
5 Here's what the tracery looks like set in the window. It will look pretty good this way without the stained glass (kind of a cold deserted look).
For my cathedral, I'm going to do both. I've planned the stained glass windows and the tracery so they would match up perfectly.
6 To do both, cut out the stained glass windows and also cut and paint the traceries. Carefully glue the traceries on the stained glass. They should line up nicely. Test fit them into the window in case they need trimming.
To glue them onto the cathedral, place a small bead of glue around the outside edge and place them in the window. They should fall against the curved part of the decorative trim. Use a paintbrush handle to push the window in securely all the way around.

I did notice an odd thing about printing on the transparency material. The transparent print is extremely clear. You can see the colors fine, but you can also see the inside of the cathedral as well (which isn't quite as realistic).

I would prefer that the windows were translucent. I had to place a white piece of paper behind the window before placing a light behind it for the windows shown in this photo (otherwise you would see the light bulb as well).

I suppose you could print on vellum (a translucent paper drafter's use) but the print would only be on one side.

7 Overall, I was pleased with the end result. After finishing this, a lot of new ideas flooded into my head.
If you printed on velum or thin paper, you could make a section of a dungeon layout with arched windows and stained glass, and the backside of the windows could be covered with stone. In between the windows and the back could be small christmas lights lighting up the stained glass (back lighting). The effect would be nice and the lights would be hidden.

Any other ideas for this sort of thing would be appreciated. Feel free to use the message board to share your ideas.


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