Windows and Window Treatments

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Cabin Windows: I saw vellum paper today in Michaels and thought of your project. When held to the light they let the light through but they have a frosted look to them, so you can't really see through them clearly. Imagine if you had a frosted light bulb and then flattened it out. It looks just like that. They had a 1 foot square paper, and regular size papers. VERY inexpensive (you can email me and I'll tell you what they were going for). They had all different frosted colors, even gold. The paper was not as thin as regular felt like it was a thin flexible sheet of plastic almost. They were in the Special Scrapbooking section.

Lynn in Gainesville

Cabin Windows: I saw the post about the paper for frosted windows, I was working in my mini-bathroom yesterday, and I do all my painting, gluing, etc... on parchment paper so it doesn't stick to anything. I put up my curtains, and said this window will not do, people can see in it.....lo and behold the parchment paper is a great frosted window, and the light still shines thru the other side.

Wendy in Lakeland

Cleaning plastic windows: I think rubbing alcohol works to clean off plastic, I use it all the time.

Kaye in L.A.

Replacement Glencroft windows. Get some acetate (carryout salad containers are great) and cut it to fit over both an intact window and the exterior molding around it. Masking tape in place and carefully trace over the painted pane pattern (say that 3 times fast!) with acrylic paint. Let it dry, untape, trim to fit the empty window, and your house is on its way to a budget restoration.


Window Panes: I think I found a "goody" this a.m. When I popped the top of my Danon yogurt, I realized the clear plastic top could be used to cut window panes. The date printed on the plastic came right off with a swipe of rubbing alcohol.

Jean Snyder

Painting working windows: For anyone struggling with working windows - the best way, I've found (also thru trial and error) is to paint in the sashes with a very thin coat of paint just to cover the wood, and then sand it carefully and lightly with a piece of ol' reliable brown grocery bag, to get the little frays off. You have to fit the plastic back in and slide it up and down a few times, then you can take it out and paint the exterior of the window with as many coats as you need. Thin coats are the best.

Sue Veeder

" Someone mentioned using plastic bags for window glass. I cannot imagine that"

I don't know about plastic bags, but if you use plastic wrap you could glue the piece onto the dollhouse, trying to get it as neat as possible, wait for the glue to dry then blow a hairdryer on the plastic and it will get very taut.


Window glass: Plastic wrap and hairdryer work. But for good windows, just save plastic wraps from merchandise. To minimize bulk, just cut out the flat pieces and store in an envelope - I found a pile of 'Baseball Card Holders' at a yard sale. They're WONDERFUL for window glass. Sturdy and clear and not scratched and cut easily with scissors.

Scrapbooking places sell clear page size material. Transparencies are excellent for windows if they're supported well. Butyl sheets are available in craft stores, . . clear and sturdy... etc... it's a huge clear window stuff world out there!!!

Judie - Daytona Beach, FL

Window glass: Am bemused by the folks buying various kinds of soft or semi-rigid plastic to use for windows; DIY is great because it frees up more money for the things you can't make. But why pay for this supply when you can get all you need by recycling? In my rehab houses, the home-made windows are Italian -- cut from Fazoli's salad bowl lids. The bowl's waffle-pattern bottom also makes nice "black rubber" foot-scraper welcome mats, particularly realistic if glued to a scrap of black fun foam for some bulk


window glass: I noticed that the cases that my CD's come in are nice clear plastic and thin also.

Empty "Jewel" cases can be purchased at a very reasonable price. I imagine one CD case can glaze a house.

DrBob...Delray Beach, FL

window glass: I noticed that the cases that my CD's come in are nice clear plastic and thin also.

Empty "Jewel" cases can be purchased at a very reasonable price. I imagine one CD case can glaze a house.

DrBob...Delray Beach, FL

Real Glass Windows: The only problem with real glass is that it is too thick. Imagine that piece you're thinking of being 12 times as thick as it is. When you put your outside and inside frames on it they seem to be too far apart. There is a very thin glass, but it is hard to find and too easily broken when cutting to size.

MAP in Puyallup

window glass: I noticed that the cases that my CD's come in are nice clear plastic and thin also.

Empty "Jewel" cases can be purchased at a very reasonable price. I imagine one CD case can glaze a house.

DrBob...Delray Beach, FL

Dried Apple Wreath:
Twine cord used for wrapping pkgs to mail
Fresh cranberries
asst. bead *ornaments, dried baby's breath and misc. greenery.

Dip a 3" piece of twine in a mix of half glue and half water. Wrap it around a plastic aspirin bottle or similar size and tie it ....not tight but firm. Let dry completely. You can use two pieces for a twisted look. Slice a few cranberries very thin. lay out to dry naturally or in a warm oven. you might want to dip them in lemon juice and water first to preserve the *white* inner side. When everything is dry. place *apple* slices around *wreath* until you feel good about how it looks then glue them in place. Add little pieces of baby's breath sprigs between the slices, and decorate to please. Finish with a small bow at bottom with little one inch tails. Voila'...a pretty wreath for your front door ...:)

Mary Ann

Real Glass Windows: Noel and Pat Thomas always use glass in their windows. The trick is to blacken the edges with a permanent marker so you can't tell how thick it is once it is in the window frame. They frame them with wood that has a groove in it (although, knowing Noel, he probably makes it all from scratch - you can buy wood that has a groove in it the thickness of a piece of picture framing glass).

Anne Gerdes

Real Glass Windows: I've posted on this subject before but have had some feedback that is worth adding. Besides, with practice I may learn to say it with brevity.- - IMHO, Glass is the far superior choice for miniatures. Is requires a bit of practice and care at first to cut but any new skill is a worthwhile reward of miniaturing. While glass is more fragile than plastic early on, plastic becomes the more fragile over time. Both plastic and glass will discolor with antiquity. Glass discolors far more attractively. Finger prints, glue, paint and other visible byproducts of construction and assembly clean away very nicely from glass with only token care required to avoid scratches in the process. With stencils and acid paste, glass etches very easily and attractively (and period authentically)

Unfortunately, most commercially manufactured windows and doors are manufactured to use thin plastic as glazing. Those who demand "the best" are generally required to either make their own or have custom work done. There are sources for thin glass ranging from microscope slide covers (slips) to mini supply shops but thin glass is usually not necessary unless a cross section edge view) must be presented such as an open transom window or cupboard. If the edge view can be hidden, use ordinary thick glass - paint the glass edges with a flat opaque enamel to control lateral light refraction
and no one will be able to see how thick it is.

My own assembly trick for double hung window sashes is to use full height rails as both the upper sash interior rail and lower sash exterior rail. I normally choose 1/16" "single strength" picture frame glass though, again, thicker will work just as well.

Mel K. Las Vegas, Nevada

Real Glass Windows: I agree with Mel when he says thin glass isn't necessary for windows. Picture frame glass is perfectly convincing in a dollhouse, the eye just doesn't pick up on the thickness. Routing a groove in small stock to accommodate the glass is tricky but possible if you have a Dremel shaper table and a cutting bit the diameter of the thickness of the glass. Once you set up for the job, though, rout all the stiles you'll ever need plus an extra foot or two because you'll never achieve those exact dimensions again and the smallest difference will throw your measurements outta whack. I say go for the glass.

Mary Kelly

Real Glass Windows: I have micro glass in all my windows -- once it's in the window, I think it's tough enough. Lawbre sells it under their "Architectural Etcetera" partnership. They bought the rights to the Derek Perkins' fireplaces, windows, doors, and misc. architectural elements.

Debora Biggers

Real Glass Windows: When Compass used to build dollhouses, they used glass in the high-end ones. The major problem is finding glass of the correct thickness. Real glass is about 3/32" to 1/8" thick. This means about 1/96" in scale (.010"). This is too thin for most practical purposes. The thinest commercially available glass I have found in about .024" to .032" thick; it is called 6 oz. glass. The next thinnest (.036" to .044") is called micro glass. Picture framing glass is .070" to .078" thick. Since most commercial dollhouse windows are designed for .030" to .040" thick plastic, you need either 6 oz. or micro glass.

I and the person that took over Dean Jenson's business - (I don't remember the name, but I'm sure Dean would be happy to supply it), both sell thin glass. I have 6 oz. glass, not sure what the other is.

You do really need a special cutter for this, because it is VERY fragile. I really doesn't add much weight to the dollhouse, because it is so thin. This glass is thin enough that it even works for the doors in a china hutch.

Tom & Kari

WINDOW GLASS - Since I design and build custom houses, roomboxes and architectural components, I have used real glass where requested. I am able to buy glass that is .030" thick and I mount it in window and door jambs that I have grooved with a 1/32" slotting saw or a 1/32" end mill.

I also use .030" thick acrylic for windows and doors using the same mounting technique.

Garry Cosine

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