Leaded glass panels are frequently a combination of flat, textured glass and bevels, all arranged to make a design. The term “leaded” refers to the lead (or brass, or zinc) “CAME” which is the metal which is between each element of the panel’s design. (Some expensive European crystal goblets actually do have lead content in the glass, but that is not what we are talking about here.)
In the typical residential entryway, bevels are the part of the design made from a thicker glass, usually 3/16″ or 1/4″ thick. Bevels have a polished, “cut”, tapered, or faceted, edge that refracts light like a prism, casting rainbows on your entryway’s floor. In most cases, the bevels are clear in color and have no texture at all. You can identify a bevel by the distinctive “break line” where the polished, tapered edge begins, about 1/2″ in from the edge of the piece of glass. You can see a sharp line where the taper or facet begins. Usually the tapered, faceted edge is toward the street in most doors and sidelights.