CURRAN GLASS: EXPERTS IN HAND BEVELED GLASS
In glass, there are few things more stunning that a hand-beveled leaded panel sparkling in the sun, throwing rainbows around a room. We make bevels by hand in our studio, on restored production hand-beveling equipment. You won’t find those run-of-the-mill “bevel clusters” here.
Hand beveling is a painstaking, time-consuming process, starting from roughing out the pieces on the diamond (or cast iron with emery) wheel and proceeding through stone wheel smoothing, to cork and pumice, to a final polish on the felt wheel with cerium oxide.
Whenever we can, we bevel old plate glass salvaged from antique mirrors that have been stripped of their silvering. We’ve found that this glass has much better refractory qualities than new, and it’s softer because it contains less iron than the glass made today. (Iron is what gives new glass its blue-green tint.) This softness makes the old glass a joy to polish. Because old plate glass is normally 5/16” thick, our standard 1/2” bevel on old plate appears delightfully steep and rich.