“Edge work” refers to the process of shaping and finishing the edges of glass materials to achieve specific designs or functionalities. This is commonly done to create aesthetically pleasing and safe edges for various applications.
For glass, edge work involves techniques such as grinding, polishing, beveling, mitering, and seaming to create smooth and safe edges. Different edge profiles can be achieved, such as flat polished edges, pencil polished edges, beveled edges, and more.
In the case of stone, edge work is essential in countertop fabrication, where various edge profiles are created to match the desired style and functionality. Common edge profiles for stone countertops include straight edges, bullnose edges, ogee edges, and waterfall edges.
The type of edge work chosen depends on the application and the desired appearance of the final product. Edge work is a crucial aspect of glass and stone fabrication, ensuring that the finished products are not only visually appealing but also safe and functional for their intended purposes.
Here are some common types of glass edge work:
Seamed Edge: This is the most basic type of edge work, where the rough edges of the glass are ground down to remove sharp edges and make the glass safe to handle.
Polished Edge: In this technique, after the glass has been seamed, the edges are further polished to create a smooth and glossy finish. Polished edges are commonly used in applications where the edges of the glass will be visible, such as glass tabletops or shelves.
Flat Polished Edge: Similar to the polished edge, but the edge is completely flat without any bevel or angle.
Beveled Edge: This is an angled edge finish, where the edge of the glass is cut and polished at a specific angle, typically around 45 degrees. Beveled edges add a decorative touch to the glass and are often used in mirrors and tabletops.
Pencil Polished Edge: In this type of edge work, the edges are rounded or curved slightly to resemble a pencil’s rounded tip. It provides a softer and safer edge than a flat polished edge.
Mitered Edge: This technique involves cutting the edges of two pieces of glass at a specific angle and joining them together to form a seamless edge. Mitered edges are commonly used in glass shower enclosures and display cases.
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