# Stained glass window

#### mbandgeek

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My HS is putting on the production of Nunsense. We need a stained glass effect.

we have no budget, but we have some gels.

I was wondering if we could make our own multicolored gel using strips of various gels?
How would i go about keeping these gels contained using a standard color frame?
Or, Would a Temporary cardboard/Duct Tape apparatus work?

Thanks,
Kevin Northrup

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are you looking to make a stained glass windows with gel or are you trying to make the appearance of light coming through stained glass? I am going to to got the 2nd one right now... Get some scotch tape, chop up your gel, and tape it together using the tape. This however will not give you the cleanest lines that you would expect. To pull this off correctly, a glass gobo is about the only way to go. Play with it a bit, and don't use any duct tape. You will as have to play with the focus of the light a bit to get anything resembling separate colors.

#### BrentSmith

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Just about the only way to to project a stained glass image is to have your pattern and colors in the gobo slot where the light is designed to be focused. That would mean colored glass and expensive. Multi color gels rarely work with more than two or maybe three colors. Any more and you'll just get mush. I have seen it work pretty well to build the actual window with gels and gaff tape. Back it with something frosted then hit that from the back with light.
Good luck, Brent

#### mbandgeek

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are you looking to make a stained glass windows with gel or are you trying to make the appearance of light coming through stained glass? I am going to to got the 2nd one right now... Get some scotch tape, chop up your gel, and tape it together using the tape. This however will not give you the cleanest lines that you would expect. To pull this off correctly, a glass gobo is about the only way to go. Play with it a bit, and don't use any duct tape. You will as have to play with the focus of the light a bit to get anything resembling separate colors.
I am trying to give the apperance of light coming through a stained glass window. I will also be attempting to make a gobo, which i have found helpful links on doing that.

#### gafftaper

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Yeah what you need is something like a Rosco Colorizer (Apollo makes them too... don't remember what they call them... sorry Keith) placed in the accessory slot with the gobo. This allows you to actually focus on the pieces of color or put them slightly out of focus... which is perfect. They will cost you around $50. If you put multi color gel in the gel frame you can never focus on it and the colors will blend far more than the effect you really want but it's probably the only option you have. I would only do like Red, Orange, and Blue and I would try just using three large strips together. My guess is that if you get the pieces really small they will blend too much. Another option... Home Depot makes these plastic stickers that can be applied to a piece of glass or plastic to make them look like stained glass. They are not very expensive. You could make a stained glass window and shine light through it. If you do end up taping gel together. I recommend you go to the store and get some of the scotch tape that I think is called "transparent tape"... it looks like clear plastic on the roll with a hint of yellow to it. Don't use the "invisible tape" kind that looks sort of white and papery but turns clear on paper. You want the kind that looks and feels very plastic-y. It's not as popular and these days and it might me a little harder to find but they will have it. I've tried both types and feel that the this type of tape is easier to work with and holds better. There have been several threads on do it yourself gobos. You know it's only about$15 for a gobo and it'll look much better than what you can make at home. But if you have to do it yourself. Get an Exacto knife and a cheap pie pan, pizza pan, or anything from the dollar store/2nd hand store designed to go in the oven that you think you can cut with that knife. Go VERY slow for best results.

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#### BillESC

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You could use this gobo and employ the multi colored gel idea in your gel frame.

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#### Kelite

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Just finished a show of Footloose not to long ago with stained glass windows for the church, looked really cool. I used Apollo's Crushed Dichroics http://www.internetapollo.com/Products/ProductLineMemberView.aspx?pl_id=1 for the color. You could use pieces of gel instead of strips, just don't know how well it will hold up. As you can see from the pictures, they have a bit of white in them, so you can have a bit of white light in yours to get the same effect.

I'm glad the Crushed Dichroic worked well for you SerraAva- they are very handy for stained glass window effects.

Bear in mind that as you design effects for future shows, the Crushed Dichroics lend themselves well for fire, water, foliage, and other effects in which gel may fall short. Having a few in your kit adds a 'tool to the toolbox' that may allow you a little more freedom in your designing.

Apollo also produces specific colored Crushed Dichroics depending upon the needs of the user. Worth mentioning-

#### SerraAva

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Agree with you completely Kelite. I am actually picking up a few more (Water) from my local Apollo dealer as we speak. Using them for a water effect in Pinocchio. The director loved the effect when she saw it in Footloose.

I agree with the fact that it would probably be better to buy the gobo/s then build a window/s for the effect. The glass gobos just aren't limited to window effects like Kelite said. Having them can make great effects, even in just stage washes for more color break up.

Lastly, Kelite, does Apollo make candy Dichroics? They do sound tasty.

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#### gafftaper

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No Apollo candy dichroics but they do have these cute little packs of Apollo gum!

The Apollo Crushed Dichroics/Rosco Colorizers are great products. The colors are great, they last forever, I've only owned a few of them in the past but plan on purchasing several for the new theater. I love them for doing color with leaf gobo patterns and you can also do a great fire effect with them and a couple other items see the "recipes" on the manufacturers websites for ideas. The Apollo version of this product has larger individual pieces of crushed dichroic than the than the Rosco version does (Rosco has their crusher set on extra fine). Apollo has a wider variety of color combinations while Rosco has focused more on providing different styles of the same color combinations. Both products are great, it's just a matter of style choice to be aware of so be sure to take a look at both manufacturers as the products are quite different.

Personally I like my crushed Dichroics sprinkled on toast with peanut butter.

#### Kelite

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The Apollo version of this product has larger individual pieces of crushed dichroic than the than the Rosco version does (Rosco has their crusher set on extra fine).QUOTE]

Actually, the way these two products are made is quite a bit like baking in the kitchen. The Apollo Crushed Dichroic is made from a specific percentage of several colors as outlined in the 'Recipe Book' in the glass dept. The individual pieces are placed- by hand- onto each clear borosilicate base gobo. Well, actually- by tweezers, but that goes without saying. Each piece within the product line will match closely to those purchased years before. When you consider how many thousands of these we send to OEM moving light manufacturers, the effort involved is staggering.
The Rosco product is a mixture of crushed up pieces with an adhesive (glue) and placed upon the base glass. It's similar to the way my mom made Bisquick biscuits as a kid. Grab a spoon and plop a glob onto the greased pan, then baked until done. Due to the added glass/glue thickness, as well as added refraction of the mix- there will be a little less light output than a similar lighting fixture with a Crushed Dichroic.

The Enhanced Crushed Dichroic is similar to our original product, but assembled on a piece of dichroic filter, as opposed to clear boro.

#### gafftaper

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Just another thought. Get in touch with your local college or community theaters. Somebody's got to have a dichroic sitting around they would loan you. As long as you don't just drop it and break it, the things last forever so it's not like you are shortening their life. I know I would loan you one if you were a nearby school and promised to buy me a new one if you did happen to break it.

Too many high schools are out there trying to do it alone when there are resources available to them through professional theaters, community theaters, universities, colleges, and even other high schools. Make some phone calls, you might be surprised what you can get for free or just a low pull fee.

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