we've gotten rid of the many
people who write to 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 can be seen at page56.htm.
if you wish to discuss artworks using custom-made bevels.
cost of custom-made bevels causes most clients who desire a
beveled look to choose stock bevels instead. Stock bevels are mass
produced, and come in  patterns (usually symmetrical) called
"clusters" and  geometric shapes. They are usually
surrounded by non-beveled glass - either
clear textured glass or colored glass. Examples of stock bevels in
my artworks can be seen at the following pages:
cluster center designs surrounded by clear and colored glasses:
cluster center design surrounded by clear glasses and geometric bevels:
- Beveled geometric
will take you to other web sites that sell bevels. I may or may not
actually buy the bevels from the web site where you see them, so it is
very important that you take good notes on the beveled clusters or
geometric shapes that appeal to you. As you explore the web pages
from the links below, please write down:
- the name of the web
(you may need to look at the URL at the top of your browser for this).
- the name of the bevel
- the page number (if
possible), on which you see the one you like.
- the catalog number of
cluster(s) or geometric
shape(s) you like.
doing this, look at the size given for each cluster or shape,
so that you won't be setting your heart on a certain one only to find
out later (from me) that it's way too large or too small to be
appropriate for your artwork.
chosen one or more beveled options, contact me with that information so
that I can give you an accurate quote. If that quote is agreeable to
you, I will create scale drawings using the bevels you have selected
and the other relevant information you provide me. Then, I will email
you the URL where you can review and comment on those designs. An
example of a set of beveled designs I did for a client can be seen here.
any of the following links no longer work, please let me know:
Stained Glass - Although many suppliers that sell to
people like me have web sites, this web site is probably the
easiest to use in terms of seeing a
large number of brands quickly. This
link goes right to their bevels
pages. From there, you'll be able to clink on pages that
show bevels grouped by brand.
- Although Action bevels can be seen on the web site above, Action also
makes a series of thicker bevels that are not shown at Cathedral
Stained Glass. Most bevels are created from 3/16" thick plate glass
with a 1/2" beveled edge. Action makes those, too, but they also offer
their "888" series, which are created from 3/8" thick plate glass.
Making bevels this way greatly increases the relief factor (how far out
the bevels jut from the plane of the artwork) and the prismatic factor
(the amount of rainbows that one will see in the room when direct
sunlight falls on the bevels). As you might guess, they are more
links goes right to the 888 series since all of the rest can be seen
from the Cathedral link above. There is a second page
linked with the tiny number 2 at the top, but so far it has no images
- This brand is not carried on the Cathedral site above, so I have
linked to it here on another supplier's web site. Once you get there,
click on the images to see larger versions.