Used in the installation of large traditional stained glass pieces, metal “braces” or bars are placed appropriately for support.  


Bevel Adhesive

A 3M special layered adhesive used in the application of bevels, jewels or globs on stained glass overlay pieces.



A small, usually clear, piece of glass with its edges ground to create a cut glass look.


Design (also called pattern)

A drawing initially attached to substrate telling crafter where to place various cut laminate and lead tape.


Double Sided

Lamination and lead tape bonded on one side of glass substrate and lead only on opposite side.


Etched (also called sand blasted) glass:  


A technique with or without layering to give glass a frosted/dimensional design.



Normally a round small piece of glass, flat on one side, that has been faceted to create a diamond effect.  Available in many colors.


Lamination (also called film)

A polyester or mylar sheet which has been coated with ink to add a color or texture.

Lead Tape

A rounded safety coated lead composition tape with adhesive backing which is bendable.  Comes in different widths and colors on a spool.


Overlay stained glass (also called stained glass overlay, decorative glass, decorative film, designer glass):


A revolutionary technique that allows crafters to create magnificent stained glass replicas large and small using safety coated lead tape, textured and colored lamination with adhesive back, as well as real glass bevel and jewel accents.

Tempered Glass

Annealed glass, 1/8”, 3/16” or ¼” that has been heat treated and cooled to create a safety glass which is difficult to break, but if broken, breaks into dime sized pieces.



Usually non-colored lamination  that comes in different degrees of “distortion”.


Traditional  Stained Glass

Also follows a design but uses cut colored glass pieces that are then bonded together using foil wrapping , fitted into lead channels and then soldered together at joints.


Triple Glazing

A method of installing larger traditional glass pieces for stability and support by placing the piece (typically a window or ceiling panel) between two pieces of glass.  Dual glazing is the same technique except it only requires one piece of glass to protect the stained glass piece.


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