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My wife made all the buildings in our village at a ceramics class she used to attend.  The windows all have just openings where the window panes would be.  The C7 light bulb and the unfinished interior is visible.  Every year we try to think of something to line the inside of the windows to obscure that view and still allow light to shine out.  It would have to be heatproof in case it fell onto the hot bulb, so that rules out cellophane.  We thought of stained glass but it's a bit thick and hard to fit to the uneven interior.

Nothing showed up in a search.  Anyone have any experience doing this?  Your help will be appreciated.

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You can order fairly small sheets in pretty much any color you want of lean/ plexiglass online.  All you need is a very thin sheet. 

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I would use something frosted. A thin, clear, lexan perhaps. Frosted would still let light thru, diffuse it some, and not be able to see inside. This: http://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Hobbies-Collecting/Tools-Blades/-015-Clear-Plastic-Sheets/p/97971 or this: http://www.hobbylobby.com/Art-Supplies/Project-Supplies/Stencils/8-1-2-x-11-Transparent-Printable-Plastic-Sheets/p/55421

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I spent several hours searching the web this morning and came up with this...

https://www.acrylite-shop.com/US/us/acrylite-textures-266mh0bbqta/acrylite-textures-colorless-0a000-ffv-qx70mfupl2e~p.html

... that looks like it would be just the effect I want.  A 12"x12" piece would be more than enough at $10, however the shipping is more than twice that... $26.41.

I need to find some place local that carries this.

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xmasbobo,

 Find your nearest DJ or theatrical supply house.  They will be able to get you some of the plastic sheets they use to color stage lighting, called GELS.  I know that the leader in the industry is a company called Rosco, they make GEL in about 100 colors including a few densities of frost.  They are designed for high heat and other than actually touching the bulbs, would hold up just fine for you.  The "Roscolux" sheets are 20" x 24" and run about $6-$8 ea.    I hope that helps,  David

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David

Thanks,  I did come across those in my search, and they would be another option.  Living here, there aren't a lot of places to buy them locally though.

 

I'm thinking that replacing the incan C7's with LEDs should be done regardless of what material I end up with.  I used to buy white C7 Xmas bulbs when they went on sale, but haven't seen them stocked anywhere around here for a few years and my stash is almost gone.  Nightlight bulbs in the household bulb departments cost around $2 ea. nowadays.  I tried a couple of the LED nightlight replacement bulbs but didn't like them even as nightlights... too dim and too blue.  How do the LED C7 retrofit Xmas bulbs compare to the old incan C7's color and brightness? 

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I don't use the LED bulbs in my houses.  I still like the warmth of an incandescent bulb.  (Although some of the newer Lemax buildings are lit with LED both inside and on the outside)  My favorites are the old GE ceramic pink bulb.  But those are just impossible to find these days, without paying outrageous collector prices.

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Have you thought of just printing our window scenes and using plane paper? The lamp will never get hot enough to catch paper on fire. Also if you want your houses to be dimmer try using a lamp dimmer. Turn that harsh glair into a soft glow. 

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Never thought of that.  I know my wife would worry if they had paper in it though.

The brightness of the incan C7's is fine.  Don't need them dimmer.  Just don't want to see the bulb, socket and wire.

 

I've found that I can get a 25pk of white C7 bulbs at Ace Hardware for about $10, shipped to store.  That at least solves the C7 problem.

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What about clear plastic pocket folders? You can get them in assorted colors. Here's an ebay link.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=plastic+folders&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H1.Xclear+plastic+pocket+folders.TRS0&_nkw=clear+plastic+pocket+folders&_sacat=0

You can get them in clear or opaque. 

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Thanks.  The translucent ones might work.

Thin plastic sheets seem to be the way I'll be going. 

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