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Can anyone explain how to make the stained glass windows in builds like The Throneroom of Cedrica?

stained glass windows

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I see that this popped up on HNQ, so I wanted to expand on shoover's excellent answer with a build showing one way that this could be put together for folks that may not be as familiar with LEGO elements as the Bricks community.

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As was already pointed out, the key element here is the 2x2 turntable base without a turntable attached:

turntable bases

Here's how you might pair those elements with transparent 1x1 and 1x2 elements to build a stained glass window:

step 1

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We leave a couple of 1x2 plates overhanging the back to provide attachment points.

Here it is from the front. Notice that we also add a couple of 1x1 plates on the front side to make the connection points flush with the rest of the window:

step 3

Now we can build a frame to trim this out and create a nice looking window:

step 4

step 5

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We can then attach our window using the attachment points that we left for ourselves in the back side of the Erling bricks:

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Note that I'm not trying to replicate the exact techniques used by the original designer, but this does show one way to get a similar look. I've added the parts list on Rebrickable if you want to see exactly what I used and build this yourself.

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From this picture and this one, you can see that the framing of the windows is formed by Turntable 2 x 2 Plate, Base in black.

For the colored areas (the "stained glass"), you have a couple of options:

  • You could use different "Trans-X" colored Plate, Round 1 x 1 inserted into the back, but you'll need some trans-clear plates to back them up so the structure holds together.
  • You could use different "Trans-X" colored Plate 1 x 2 inserted into the back, in an overlapping/alternating pattern for structural strength.
  • You could use a combination, some 1x1 and some 1x2 for strength.
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    I don’t think it’s as simple as that. The construction you describe would fall apart, as there is nothing holding the turntables together. There is either a layer of trans-clear plates behind the trans-X 1x1s, or most of the 1x1s are actually 1x2s that are alternatingly placed to either tie the turntable bases to the window frames, or to tie adjacent turntable bases together. – Phil B. Jun 15 at 3:03
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    I started to agree with you, but then I noticed in the above picture in the rightmost panel there is a single blue space with no other blue spaces near it. However, on second or third look, it does appear that many/most of the colored spaces come in pairs. The OP has already accepted the answer; would it be bad form to edit in an alternate explanation using trans-X 1x2s? I think the crux of the question might be about the turntable base, anyway. – shoover Jun 15 at 3:27
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    It is fine to update the answer with new details. After all this is how we keep them relevant and update with new information. You can actually have both suggestions in your answer - using 1x1's with extra layer of Trans-Clear plates as well as alternating 1x2 plates. – Alex Jun 15 at 5:23
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    @shoover Great update! – Phil B. Jun 15 at 10:53
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    @Cee McSharpface these turntables come as two parts in sets. So, unless you have already assembled them together, there is nothing illegal in using just a base. – Alex Jun 15 at 21:53

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