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Posted by gloria, on 2004-09-18 08:15:31

Glass in sets

Hi everyone! What do you guys use for window glass? I also have to use glass in the indoor skating rink around the boards. I will also have to curve it around the corners. Non reflective. Thanks. Gloria

Posted by Svaroh, on 2004-09-18 12:08:47

hey gloria, my girlfriend builds ultralight airplanes and they use a thin lexan for the windows, you might look into that, it comes in different transparicies etc, and bends easily. not sure how non reflective it is.

Posted by Nick H, on 2004-09-20 00:56:14

I've used Perspex (acrylic) sheet, or thinner clear acetate, even cut up the clear boxes that business shirts used to be packaged in. A light misting of spray glue will take away some of the reflectiveness, but it will also reduce the clarity a little. Or you can paint pva glue on, it dries clear but makes the surface a little less regular, more of a subtle ripple glass effect, so reflections are less sharp and recognizable. Clear varnish does the same, paint it on then stipple it while it's still wet to get a rippley surface. The clear sheets for printing overhead transarencies on your inkjet printer are good too, if you want something thin and flexible.

Posted by jamesride101, on 2004-09-29 22:58:54

what would you guys use for a reflective opaque surface simulating glass. I need to laminate or paint a miniature building so that it looks like it has glass surfaces that you can not see through, are reflective and are of a copper/yellow color.

Posted by RoccoGioffre, on 2004-10-11 17:00:39

Hi Dimitri, You can simulate the reflective opaque copper/yellow windows by spray can painting copper or gold onto an animtion cel and then mount it to your building surface with the cel side facing out. Gloria, another way to knock down reflections is with the use of a polarizing lens filter, however this does require either more light or longer exposure times. Cheers, Rocco

Posted by jamesride101, on 2004-10-11 18:56:54

thanx Rocco. I'll put that on the list of tests;-) Sounds like it might work. only problem I can see is that some of the surfaces have compound curves in them. Hmmm, maybe I can vaccum form some thin gage pg or lexan for the irregular curves and use the same stuff for the flat surfaces instead of the animation cell. any other ideas for the same effect on irregular surfaces? To be exact the surfaces are slightly curved tubes that are supposed to represent miniature dommed walk ways. The bottom of the walk way is flat so only the top 3/5 (looking at cross section) of the tube is curved and out of glass.

Posted by Strider, on 2004-10-11 19:03:57

You might be able to get some acrylic tubing, heat it up and bend it to the right shape, and then maybe spraypaint the inside of it? I know acrylic is supposed to be flexible when you heat it. Possibly a heat gun (the kind used for paint stripping) would do the trick, or you might have to use a torch or just stick them in the oven if they'll fit. Come to think of it, flexible clear plastic tubing might work as well... the kind sold for aquariums (and beer bongs :P ). Not sure if it would look glossy enough though.

Posted by jamesride101, on 2004-10-11 19:51:45

Thats a good idea Strider but if the tube has thick walls it will probably show when painted on the inside and thats not good on a miniature. It will defenetly be part of the tests I do though;-) maybe I can find a tube with an exceptable thinkness (and the proper diameter for the scale).

Posted by Strider, on 2004-10-11 20:34:53

Maybe you could paint the outside of the tube, and then coat with some clearcoat. Hmm... another possibility, maybe some brass tubing bent the right way and polished up? If you go that route, you could also get some thin sheet brass to plate the buildings with. Another way would be anodizing. I don't know how big these pieces are, but if they're too big, maybe you could have it done in sections and then assemble them? It sounds like an anodized finish would be perfect. I've seen them in various shades of tinted gold that sounds like exactly like what you're looking for.