A little information on terminology on this website

Stained glass

The term stained glass refers either to the material of coloured glass or to the art and craft of working with it. Throughout its thousand-year history the term "stained glass" was applied almost exclusively to the windows of churches, cathedrals and other significant buildings. Although traditionally made in flat panels and used as windows, the creations of modern stained glass artists also include three-dimensional structures and sculpture.

Modern vernacular usage has often extended the term "stained glass" to include domestic leadlight and objets d'arts created from lead came and copper foil glasswork such as exemplified in the famous lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Copper foil technique

Copper-foil glasswork connects pre-cut pieces of glass by wrapping their edges with copper adhesive tape, then soldering the copper-wrapped edges together. It is commonly called the "Tiffany" stained glass method.

Lead came technique

The lead came has channels into which the glass pieces are inserted. There are two types of lead came: for the circumference of the design, came with a U-shaped cross section may be used, as it takes glass only on one of its sides. For the middle of the design, came with an H-shaped cross-section is used, taking glass on both its sides. The "face" (profile) of lead came is available in different widths for design options and construction.

Dichroic glass

Dichroic glass is glass containing multiple micro-layers of metal oxides which give the glass dichroic optical properties. Dichroic glass was originally developed by NASA and its contractors for use in satellite optics and spacesuit visors.

Fused glass

Fused glass is a term used to describe glass that has been fired (heat-processed) in a kiln at a range of high temperatures from 593º C (1100ºF) to 816º C (1500ºF). There are 3 main distinctions for temperature application and the resulting effect on the glass.

Firing in the lower ranges of these temperatures 593º-677ºC (1100º 1250º F) is called slumping. Firing in the middle ranges of these temperatures 677ºC- 732ºC (1250º-1350ºF) is considered "tack fusing". Firing the glass at the higher spectrum of this range 732ºC -816ºC (1350º-1500ºF) is a "full fuse".

All of these techniques can be applied to one glass work in multiple firings to add depth, relief and shape.

Beveled glass

Beveled glass is usually made by taking one-quarter inch-thick clear glass and creating a one-inch bevel on one side around the entire periphery. These bevels act as prisms in the sunlight creating an interesting colour diffraction which both highlights the glasswork and provides a spectrum of colours which would ordinarily be absent in clear float glass.