we've gotten rid of the many
people who contact me wanting to buy bevels for their own glassmaking
- or at least most of them - let's talk about bevels as a possible
option for your leaded glass panels...
ways of creating leaded glass artworks that contain bevels, 
custom-made bevels and  stock bevels.
Custom made bevels can be
fabricated in any shapes and sizes, but are expensive because the cost
about $1.00 to $1.50 per inch for the circumference of
of beveled glass. Examples of custom-made bevels in my own work can be
seen in this custom beveled glass entry
or this custom double thick beveled glass staircase
Double thick bevels are also stock bevels (ready-made), but using a thicker sheet of glass.
The angle of the beveled edge is much more pronounced, so the rainbow effect is
enhanced greatly. Another example of double thick stock bevels in my work is this beveled glass double hung window set.
cost of custom-made bevels causes most clients who desire a
beveled look to choose stock bevels instead. Stock bevels
are already made beveled pieces of glass the come
in  clusters
and  geometric shapes.
are sets of bevels that form a pattern or design. Many have a geometric design like these stained and beveled door panels,
flowers, and other designs are also available in beveled glass. And
some bevel clusters are made of colored glass instead of clear
shaped bevels are sold by the box, rectangles, squares, circles, ovals,
diamonds, etc. These
are often combined to make simple or elaborate borders, and can even be
used to make overall designs.
bevels, clusters or geometric, are also available as glue-chipped bevels.
These are bevels where the face (the unbeveled part) has been textured.
So even though the outide (beveled) edge of each glass piece is still
clear, resulting in the classic look of bevels, glue-chipped bevels are more private
than regular bevels.
stock bevels or clusters of bevels (or both) are usually combined with
non-beveled glasses - either
clear textured glasses or colored glasses, or both. Examples of stock
my artworks can be seen at the following pages:
cluster center designs surrounded by clear and colored glasses:
cluster center designs surrounded by clear glasses and geometric bevels:
- Beveled geometric
that you have a sense of what beveled options there are, the next step
is CHOOSING BEVELS
YOU MIGHT WANT.
LINKS below will take you
to images of geometric bevels and beveled clusters that are generally
available. The object is to make a list of bevels that you like, and
forward that list to me, whereupon I will respond with any forseeable
issues and/or a price.
you're looking at the
images of bevels and beveled clusters, please keep the SIZE of your
stained glass artwork in mind. Select beveled clusters that
will fit nicely into the artwork you are considering without looking
like they were aqueezed in. If
you are unsure whether a cluster is the wrong size, include
it in the list of possibilities you give me, and we'll discuss whether
it fits well enough for further consideration.
PLEASE TAKE NOTES.
It's a lot
to look at, so I've tried to make it easier by  separating the types
of bevels onto different web pages, and  clearly numbering each
more you can tell me
about the bevels you like, the quicker I can find them myself. Some
people give me just the catalog number, which is ok. But quicker for me
is when someone emails something like, "image 12, second row,
fourth cluster." (Then we're already friends becuase it means you
actually read this.)
you've gathered the info
for the clusters you like, please email this information to
With this input and the basics of your setting (size, shape, light
level, privacy level), I can review your desires and get back
you with input on which bevels I think
might fit best. I would also provide pricing information
for each of the selections chosen. If that quote was agreeable to
you, a minimal down payment would be followed by me creating one or
more scale drawings showing the bevels
you have selected
and incorporating whatever other relevant information we had
discussed. Then, I would create a private web page showing the
drawings and email
you the URL so you could review and comment on those designs. This
feedback and redesigning would continue until you were happy with the
example of a set of beveled designs I did for a client can be seen here.
Border Designs - combine with geometric shapes to make ornate
Bevel Shapes - squares, circles, diamonds, rectangles, etc.
Bevel Shapes - beveled leaves, flowers, animals, religious
- small bevel
designed to combine into larger designs (example - here)
Once you have a list compiled, you can email me here