A few people expressed interest in how I'm going to make my windows, so, even though I'm way off being able to make and fit windows, I thought I'd make up one and document its construction
What I actually started off with, was a drawing of my actual sash window in Adobe Illustrator - I drew the shape of the frame, the lower window and the top sash window and saved it in a format that could be out put by aVinyl plotter used for cutting vinyl to make signs. I copied this drawing multiple times as I'm going to be needing a LOT of them...
The plotter literally cuts out the shape you've drawn on a sheet of self adhesive white matt vinyl. What you then have to do, is with a scalpel, carefully pick out the bits you DON'T need, which leaves you with something like this
|Earlier attempts at making a window used just 2 laminations, this new, revised version uses 3 - A base layer of the full window frame and panes, a second layer with the frame and top sash, then a third with just a frame.|
Once the excess vinyl had been "weeded" out, I put a piece of release paper over the top, which is essentially a large piece of low-tack tape, which sticks to the surface of the vinyl and allows you to take off the backing paper.
|Here you can see the vinyl sticking to the release paper and the backing paper being peeled off. This leaves the adhesive side face out and it can now be stuck onto your window of choice. In this instance I used a piece of flexible cd case.|
Once I had the "base" layer stuck down, I was able to then carefully line up the sash layer onto the frame layer,
|I actually forgot a step here and left the base layer on it's backing paper instead of sticking it down to the acetate first. Drawing a box around the window gives you something to line up with|
|Close photography can be so unforgiving. Here you can see some of the verticals are a little, well, not so vertical in the stone courses. I blame a slightly inebriated Apprentice Mason...|
|Temporarily tacked in place from behind with sellotape. Quite a good fit|
I'm going to leave the frames white, but with a wash of dilute grey acrylic to bring out the lines and relief.
I think it's going to take just as long to make and fit the windows as it did to scribe the walls....