This pair of beveled glass panels is mounted in a staircase
window in Denver. The clients wanted privacy both ways... to keep the
next door neighbors from seeing in and to hide the house next door from
Because the house next door is quite close to this home, I decided to
photograph these windows prior to installing them. Here, I have
stictched together two photos to produce a final image that will mimic
these beveled windows in their final setting.
This was the first time I had used Action Bevels. I was very impressed
with the precision shaped bevels they sent me. For the first
time in my career, I acutally made use of the pattern that came with a
beveled cluster instead of just throwing it away. This time, I actually
taped it onto my full-size pattern and built these windows on top of
it. I had to do almost no grinding on the bevels to make them fit
right, a big change from the other bevels I have used.
Also, these clients chose to pay extra for a double-thick center
cluster of bevels, a series that only Action Bevels offers in a
ready-made format. Whereas most ready-made bevels are made from clear
plate glass that's 5mm thick, the bevels in this design were made from
plate glass. This greatly enhances the "beveled look." Not only do the
beveled pieces stick out farther, enhancing the tactile experience of
the stained glass, but they cast
much better rainbows when hit by actual sunlight. To see a close-up of
what double thick bevels look like, check out this other stained glass
made with double thick beveled glass.
image to the left shows the beveled panels installed on the staircase
The 1.5" by 1.5" square bevels in the border and the background are
normal stock bevels made by a different manufacturer with standard 3/16" plate glass (almost identical with 5mm). I had to
grind the bevels in the upper arched part of the border from squares
slighly pie-shaped pieces to get them to fit precisely.
windows are constructed with 1/4" lead and 1/4" zinc. I used a
significant amount of internal zinc to ensure the strength of these
panels without the need for unsightly steel reinforcement bars.
The two border colors are a medium gray (which looks brown here) and an
dark gray (which looks black here). The color between the bevels is a
pale peacock blue.
If you're considering a custom artwork that includes bevels, read more about the use of bevels in my artworks.
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