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The lost art of hand bevelled glass taken to the new level . Part 1

Custom bevelled colored glass to expose a sole of glass
Colored hand bevelled glass for the dome
Bright and shiny ... colored beveled glass acanthus border and crystal pale jewels are great accent highlights for a large domed skylight.  One of the most amazing elements used in this leaded glass skylight is  custom made hand beveled colored glass. Each piece of beveled glass has a color stretching of delicate elusive colors of neon (lilac), pink, straw and pale blue to expose a sole of glass: transparency, brightness, color, texture.

precut pieces of glass for custom beveling
precut pieces of glass for custom hand beveling
Custom hand bevelled glass preparation
 

The team behind  worked really hard. First, glass was formed in our large computer controlled kiln in a few stages, all elements were programmed for CNC machine and water jet cut in our studio in Mississauga.

Glass water jet programming for custom bevelingGlass water jet cut for custom beveling
After cutting, it was sent to Europe, detained by Ukrainian customs due to uncertain artistic value of content. That caused a few months delay in our production schedule. After explaining customs officers about glass beveling process it was released reaching the beveling studio in Ukraine. Absolutely stunning, fantastic, complex, technically difficult and crazy beveling work done by talented Yuriy Sergeev

Custom bevelled glass for the leaded glass dome
Custom hand bevelled glass for the large leaded glass dome
Custom hand bevelled glass for the large leaded glass dome
Custom hand bevelled glass for the large leaded glass dome


 
Posted By Victoria Balva

It took one month, many completed and installed glass ceilings and a whole life to develop a project design for our Client in Connecticut. That included research, engineering, planning, hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1, digital drawing and 3D modeling in AutoCAD. It took another month to prepare glass for custom bevelling and to program our CNC machine to cut that glass. I estimate that it is more than 7 000 pieces of glass, 20 000 pieces of lead - all designed, cut, assembled and soldered into one large leaded glass canvas. 

 

Preliminary sketch drawings

 

hand drawing sketches of acanthus design elements for a leaded glass ceiling
Digital drawing and 3D modeling in AutoCAD in 1 to 1 scale

 

Design development and digital drawing of leaded glass dome
Hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1 helps to feel the scale, movement  and joint connections of leaded lines layout. Even without texture of glass the design should look as an intricate art linework with all observed composition rules.

Hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1 of intricate acanthus ornament for large leaded glass dome
Last minute touch ups to the sketch before design presentation to the Client and the Client's team. Working from my home based studio

Hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1 of intricate acanthus leaves for large leaded glass dome

After design was approved, I digitized all skylight elements and programmed the water jet machine for glass cutting

Hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1 of intricate acanthus leaves for large leaded glass dome
Hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1 of intricate acanthus leaves for large leaded glass dome
 


 
Posted By Victoria Balva

I finally had an opportunity to select few images to present a leaded glass skylight for our client in Connecticut, the USA. It got a romantic name New Haven, selected by our client.  The large leaded glass domed ceiling was installed  this spring and it took 2 years from design development to installation to complete this ambitious skylight that is the largest and the most complex project in our portfolio up to day.

Large leaded glass domed skylight with crystal jewels and bevelled glass

It has many features that were never attempted in glass  design and fabrication before.  There is  a massive set of thick custom beveled glass that puts visual dynamic accent to the leaded glass skylight. Delicate elusive colors of glass selected for the project add mistery and inner glow into glass design. The glass for beveling was formed  in our large computer controlled kiln, water jet cut and processed by experienced  master beveller in Europe.

Colored custom made bevelled glass acanthus ornament with crystal jewels for a large leaded glass dome

The leaded glass skylight is made of more than 7 000 pieces of glass and 20 000 pieces of lead came parts. All designed, cut, assembled and soldered into one large glass canvas of a complex ceiling structure. The skylight includes 360 pieces of CNC polished crystal jewels, 1 000 pieces of custom bevelled glass, and additional 1 300 of stock bevelled glass pieces. It has very complex steel structure and was delivered to the site by large 53 foot truck

Leaded glass dome with acanthus bevelled glass ornament and crystal accent jewels

To see more images of this leaded glass domed skylight please follow the link http://www.crowndome.com/dome48.htm

Colored custom made bevelled glass acanthus with crystal jewels for a large leaded glass dome


 

 
 

 

 

 
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