Stained Glass Bevels

Stained glass bevels offer a stunning effect to ordinary architecture. They provide a unique touch to your home, as the art that comes with it is usually personalized. Stained glass bevels are usually utilized more for the purpose of making a statement than for practicality's sake, and are installed in empty spaces between frames, such as a door or a window. They are considered a simple but elegant touch that goes a long way with improving your design.

What is a bevel?

A bevel is a piece of glass which has had its edge on one side ground to a slant and is then polished back to clear. This produces interesting visual distortions that are magnified by the stained glass effect. They can be used on windows or doors or even the inside of a dome, depending on potential buyers' needs or preferences. When made of stained glass, it offers a more visually stimulating effect and contributes to the aesthetics of the normally basic architecture.

Glass bevels are commonly approximately 3/16" thick clear glass with a 1/2" bevel and are available in standard sizes and shapes. General widths are 1", 1-1/2", 2", 3", and 4" with lengths up to 12".

What are the types of stained glass bevels available?

There are several types of stained glass bevels available for people who haven't made up their minds about which type to get. On the most basic level, bevels are purchased with consideration to the desired design and overall architecture of a building. They come in different shapes, such as corner, diamond, oval, rectangle, round, square, triangle, and even "star and heart" bevels.

For the more initricate shapes, there are Victorian designs that "stand proudly", and is known to emphasize the beauty of natural sunlight in the building. The colored stained glass bevels are more of the headturning kind, and is easily identified by its bright colors and the resulting play of light on nearby surfaces. This is the kind usually used in churches or cathedrals. There are also glass bevels fabricated specifically for domes and skylights. These are rather expensive, as the sheer size alone is enough to shoot the price up, on top of the complexity of the design. Also, large designs incorporate thematic concepts in the art, and stained glass bevels are used to depict actual people and places, usually of a religious nature. Generally, windows within a building can be thematic, for example: within a parliament building - shields of the constituencies; within a college hall - figures representing the arts and sciences; or within a home - flora, fauna, or landscape.

How are stained glass bevels installed?

Putting in stained glass bevels begins with fitting the door or window with a metal frame, after which a border of a different color or clear texture is added. Waterglass or Flemish are excellent choices for the border. The field, or "background glass" is put in next, and finally the bevel set. The order of installing, as you may have noticed is in an "outside-in" pattern, with the glass bevel being the last item placed in the door or window frame.

Glass bevels are installed in leaded glass windows that can either be insulated or non-insulated. The insulated kind is more preferable, as it is more effective in protecting the stained glass against possible breakage.

How much do they cost?

The bevels are available in glass stores, and are most often customized to fit specifications of the buyer, depending on door and window frames. Thus prices are usually negotiated according to the sizes and complexity of the bevel desired. Although some suppliers do provide ready-made bevels, these are usually just for display or example. Most charge approximately $205 to $245 per square foot. The square footage of a frame can be calculated by multiplying the width and height and dividing the result by 144. Naturally, the price is higher for a more intricate design. Options for colors and sizes are available to potential buyers, and those too, are taken into account in the pricing.

If you order stained glass bevels on the Internet (Glass Online is recommended), additional charges for shipping and actual freight costs will be imposed. It is essential that you establish a clear communication with your supplier before making your purchase, not only on matters of design but of specifications. Nevertheless, if you want that extra special touch that all the neighbors don't have, then stained glass bevels on your windows (and maybe even your door, too) are definitely the way to go.