Thursday, April 3, 2014

Let there be light!

OK!  On to the windows... the key element to the entire structure.  Originally, I was going to paint them all with a special paint on acetate, but time would not allow for that.

Plan B was the only thing I could think of, and that was printing them out on inkjet transparencies.

Fortunately Ray (of Offworld Designs fame) had some sheets, and he sent them home with Cathy

I manipulated as many as I could in Photoshop to make more unique windows.  I didn't want to repeat the same one over and over again!

Here's one of the printed sheets.  I have to say, the old Epson 1280 did a decent job with them!

The the hard part of attaching the 40+ windows began!!

I was lucky that a small amount of wood glue was enough to hold them in place.  I didn't want to risk super glue fogging up the plastic sheets, as happens with canopy windows.

I was also glad that I had done all the walls in sections.  It would have been brutal to glue them in reaching through the columns, etc.

Working on the upper level pieces!


The blue glow of Chartres was just what I was after!!!!

It got a little tedious after so many windows, but it was worth it in the end.

The upper levels rise!

Now some interior shots...

A few of the columns in place!


  1. Those look awesome! Can't wait to see the finished product, minus all the painters tape and glue! :D

  2. This project is looking absolutely fantastic!

    The marbling looks beautiful as ever and the windows really are impressive.

    1. Thanks for the kind words! Now there are some images of the entire thing!

  3. Inspiring! I love seeing mammoth builds like this

    1. The biggest question do I get bigger from here?

  4. Very clever use of the transparencies. I have often thought of doing something like this, but have been put off, mostly because stained glass windows only show their imagery from the inside looking out. From the outside the widows just look black...

  5. Did you just use Paint and size the windows accordingly?

    1. Used photoshop to manipulate all the images... add graphics and scale them, etc.