October 18, 2017

The type of glass edgework that is right for you depends on how your glass will be used, any surfaces on which it may be resting and what appearance best fits your design style.

We have listed below some of the options in glass edging.

45 Degree Mitre

This is an edge which can vary anywhere between 0 degrees and 45 degrees. This edge is typically used for butting two pieces together which create an angle, but can also be used to create a very appealing edge on thicker glass.


This type of edgework adds a sense of depth on the glass. This is often used for an ornate application. Beveled edges have a shiny or glossy finish.

Double Bevel

The same as bevel, except that the glass is run through the machine two times for a double bevel, three times for a triple bevel. Each time the glass passes through the machine, the grinding wheels are positioned at a slightly different angle.

Beveled edges are sloped polished edges, often seen in mirrors. They are also sometimes seen in the glass inserts in coffee tables.

A beveled edge is decorative feature, and is more often seen on mirrors than on desktop glass. It gives the glass or mirror a framed appearance by creating a framed border around the perimeter.

Pencil Polish

This type of edgework results in an edge that is slightly rounded.

Pencil Grind edgework has a frosty, matte, or satin finish. Pencil Polish edgework provides a glossy, shiny finish; perfect for a style when you want to add an extra pop!

Pencil Shaped Edges

They are fully-finished and machined to a curved or arced profile. This is often used for thick desktop and tabletop glass. All sharpness, as well as flares and wavers, have been removed.

Pencil or Flat?

The difference between a flat-treated edge and a pencil-treated edge is largely one of aesthetics. On a thicker glass a polished penciled edge looks quite stunning, while on thinner glass the visual difference between flat and pencil is quite subtle.

Polished or Ground Edges?

A ground edge looks best on light-colored surfaces, and a polished edge looks best on dark-colored surfaces. It is also important to look at wood color to balance what would look best when deciding upon an edge.

There are many different options that glass provides when decorating for aesthetic purposes or practical purposes.