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In this photo of our N scale loading dock, we've used Gallery Glass® for two different applications. At the base of the roof support column we have 3 reflectors standing in front of the concrete support base. We used our N7028 reflectors glued to a piece of .012" stainless wire and dabbed in tiny amounts of Amber (#16020) and Ruby Red (#16015).
Mounted on the rear brick wall, you'll see a typical watt-hour (electrical) meter box. The glass housing for the reading dials was made by gluing a small printed image on top of a larger aluminum reflector which was ten built up to a dome shape by applying 3-4 drops of Crystal Clear (#16001).

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a photo of an early wall light creation using a piece of painted .010" fiber optic as the lamp conduit with a shade and wall escutcheon glued to the fiber (the light source is an LED on the other side of the wall lighting the other end of the fiber). Here, we repeatedly dipped the end of the fiber in a mixture of Amber and Crystal clear to form the shape of a light globe and produce the color of an incandescent bulb. The light output was not very bright and we have subsequently abandoned the use of fiber optic strands for anything except direct-end viewing due to their huge light output loss.

As a very successful alternative, we have repeatedly dipped a wired Nano LED in an Amber/Crystal Clear mix and produced a (very bright) "light bulb".

 

 

© 2008 Ngineering

 

At right, is an N scale (Atlas) plastic telephone pole that we added a streetlight to. The crossbars on these poles have small plastic "bumps" that represent the insulators for telephone and electrical wires. We painted the bumps with silver paint and after they dried, we dipped them in Turquoise (#16036) Gallery Glass®. As you can see, the clear turquoise allows the silver to "shine" through and gives the appearance of aged glass insulators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we noted that this product comes in many different colors. However, it is very easy to mix the different colors together to get the exact shade needed for a particular application. Also the intensity of the color can be "thinned" by adding Crystal Clear to the mix. This allows for near limitless possibilities. Also, they have a Snow White (#16002) that is like liquid white styrene. It is opaque but will allow light to shine through. If you want a lens but want the light source dispersed, add some Snow White. When dry, this product can be over-painted with acrylic paint.

Here's a handy tip: Cut a piece of clear acetate (from the flat top of any blister-package) and place a drop of the different colors of Gallery Glass® on the acetate. Once dried you can shine your light source through it to see if the color is right for your application. This is especially helpful if you're mixing to achieve a unique shade, because you can note above the drop the color ratios used. Once you get the right mixture, you're ready to mix and apply to the model.

Here's another: Want to mount an LED in a larger hole? Dip the wired LED in Crystal Clear and allow to dry (you may have to do this several times). This will not only increase and "round-out" the LED shape, it will be totally insulated, and... the Crystal Clear will let all of the light shine out.

Really useful stuff!

Another example use is creating lenses for semaphores. Using a toothpick, this material's thickness (and surface tension) will allow the creation of "windows" like the Micro Scale product. Amber (#16020), Ruby Red (#16015) and Kelly Green (#16008) are perfect lens colors for this application.