Is There A Difference Between Stained And Leaded Glass?

The Difference Between Stained, Leaded and Beveled Glass

At Salt Lake City Stained Glass we are often asked questions about stained glass and answering those question is something we love to do for potential and existing customers alike. The questions are on various topics: styles, colors, restoration vs. repair. One question we get a lot is what the difference is between stained glass and leaded glass and if beveled glass falls into either of those two categories. The truth is–stained and leaded glass are more or less the same thing. However, we have gone into some detail below about all three descriptions to set the record straight and help you better understand our craft.

What is Stained Glass vs. Leaded Glass?

For the general public, the terms stained glass and leaded glass interchangeably. But in the stained glass industry, we generally refer to stained glass as having color and leaded glass as being clear. So, while all stained glass can be referred to as leaded, all leaded glass is usually not referred to as stained glass. The difference is tiny but knowing this may help you better communicate your stained glass designer exactly what you are looking for on any part of your Salt Lake City home: entryway, bathroom, hallways, or kitchen.

What Is Beveled Glass?

Beveled glass is a piece of glass, usually clear, that has an angled cut around the periphery. This angled cut helps reflect light in beautiful ways creates gorgeous depth and character.

What is Textured Glass?

Although plain leaded glass is clear and usually lacks color, it is definitely not boring. This is because it often has textured glass pieces in it. Textured glass pieces come in a variety of appearances from wavy designs called “water glass” to feathery textures called “glue chip”. Using textured glass in leaded glass windows is a great way to add a classic elegant feel to any area of your Salt Lake City home.

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For more information about stained, leaded, beveled or textured glass, contact us at Salt Lake City Stained Glass today! We are Salt Lake City’s foremost stained glass expert and would love to help you with your stained glass project.

Martin Faith is a talented artist, visionary, and collector of antique stained glass windows. Prior to moving to the United States, Martin worked as a stained glass artisan in Glasgow. There, he spent many years cultivating his skills and learning the techniques and history behind the centuries old art form. Today, he is the proud owner of Salt Lake City Stained Glass, the largest and most highly renowned stained glass studio in Utah. Over the past 30 years, Martin and his team have produced over 50,000 stained and leaded glass windows ranging in size, style, and appearance. His company has been highlighted on various media outlets including HGTV, the DIY Network, CBS, and NBC.