Greenleaf acetate windows

by brae  

Just a quick post to show how I install the acetate film for the Greenleaf windows, specifically shown here in the bathroom of Baxter Pointe Villa.

I use plain cardstock scrapbook paper for wallpaper, so it has some thickness to it, similar to the acetate film included with Greenleaf kits.  This process should work in a similar fashion with regular or printed dollhouse paper, but it won't really help with painted walls.

When I cut the openings for the windows, I label the cutout portions with both the directionality as well as what window it belongs to.  The pieces shown here are for a different set of windows not this bathroom, but you can see what I am getting at.  :]

I then use those pieces as templates to cut the acetate film slightly smaller than the outline, making sure to keep the film exactly as it was cut with the related template until I am ready to install it.  I keep mine in a regular white envelop in order to keep them organized and scratch free.

Once the wallpaper is in place, I check the fit of the acetate and adjust as needed.  I wash the window with soap and water to remove the fingerprints and dry with a soft towel.  After washing, I handle them only by the edges.  I use a tiny bit of tacky glue on the edges just to hold it in place inside the wallpaper opening while I prepare the window frame for installation.  It's a bit hard to see, but the film is in place in this photo.

I then glue the window frame to the wallpaper, effectively sandwiching the acetate between the window frame and the wall.  Now, you have a tight fit for the window frame against the wallpaper and the acetate stays securely in place.  It makes for a nice clean appearance.

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In my example, I also added a cross mullion to my inner frame to match the exterior laser cut one.  It also helps keep the acetate from buckling, which can cause strange distortions when photographing.


Comment from: Pei Li [Visitor]
Wow! It's so amazing to see your dollhouse! The photos are fantastic and the LIGHTS are beautiful. Pei Li
07/14/11 @ 05:52
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
Such a simple fix that should have been obvious. Tucking that one away for future use!
07/14/11 @ 09:18
Comment from: JoAnn Jacot [Visitor]
Great blog. Very impressed with all you've done! Welcome to MicroMinis! It's a great group and very active.
07/18/11 @ 20:56

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