April 29, 2022

CUSTOM BEVELED GLASS

Are you in need of a decorative piece of glass to improve the appearance of your home or office? One option to consider is beveled glass. Beveled glass is commonly used for mirrors, but it is also used for windows, doors, and tabletops.  Here is an overview of beveled glass, how it is made, and its applications.

WHAT IS BEVELED GLASS?

Beveled glass refers to a piece of glass or mirror that has a consistent tapered edge cut along its entire border. The interior area of the glass remains a consistent thickness while the tapered edges create a frame-like appearance. Beveled glass edges usually range from one-quarter to one and three-quarter inches in size.  These decorative edges can be left unpolished, or they can be polished to give the piece a smooth look. One of the unique features of beveled glass is the prism effect created by the beveling whenever light shines through it. The glass can capture sunlight and produce a spectrum of different colors that would normally not appear on float glass.

BEVELED GLASS APPLICATIONS

This type of custom glass has a variety of different applications including showers, mirrors, tabletops, windows, doors, and other decorative pieces. Stained glass windows or pieces with patterns are typically made of beveled glass. Beveled glass is a great option for a room's focal point. Many homeowners or business owners will have pieces made for an entryway or lobby wall. Single rectangular mirrors in a master bath are also commonly replaced with two beveled mirrors for a more elegant look. Other common uses of beveled glass include tabletop pieces for dining tables or smaller items like nightstands.

MAKING BEVELED GLASS

Originally, beveled glass was handmade with the use of a roughing wheel, sand, water, and polishing stones. The beveling process served two purposes. One was for the decorative appearance but beveling also made glass safer to handle. It was an extremely labor-intensive process and required a skillful glazier. A glazier would hold the glass against a roughing wheel to gradually taper the edges. It would then be polished and buffed.  The quality of the stones used was critical to the beveling process. If the stones did not meet the correct specifications, the glass would get scratched and the glazier would have to start over.

Today, the process is automated with machines that are able to produce far more glass and much faster. Beveled glass usually begins with clear or textured float glass that ranges between a 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Unlike the handmade crafting process, modern manufacturers use plastic-based metal deburring wheels that are more efficient and create extremely smooth surfaces.  

If you are looking for custom beveled glass give Glass Inc. a call today. Glass Inc. is Atlanta’s preferred glass shop specializing in commercial and residential custom glass services. We have decades of experience and only use the highest-quality glass to fabricate custom pieces.

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