Glass profiles

5 Common Profiles for Glass Blanks

With over 35 years in the glass business, Ruth Dobbins offers experience in fused and cast glass, as well as in glass-etching techniques. Ruth holds a Master's Degree in Printmaking and Art History and has been a partner in a stained and fused glass wholesale supply company in Europe, which also placed great emphasis on a training program. For the past 20 years, she collaborated with her husband Norm Dobbins in commission work, writing books and creating videotapes on how-to techniques for glass etching. Ruth taught these techniques for 30 years in the U.S. and other countries. Ruth continues these venues by offering a complete training program at Aliento School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and by teaching at various trade shows, including The Awards & Engraving Show. One-on-one training and consulting services are also offered. You can reach Ruth by email at ruth@etchmaster.com, by phone at 505-473-9203 and by fax at 505-473-9218. Check out the website at http://www.etchmaster.com

There are standard profiles, which actually have specific names, so that when you order a glass blank with a special profile, you know what you will have to say on your order form. If you only order prefabricated items from overseas, this may not be of interest to you. Some shapes do have limitations in that they can only be produced on round shapes, for instance, like the Ogee profile.

FE Polish: Flat Edge with Arris, standard on all rectangle squares, but can also be applied to circles and ovals of 3/4” thickness; not available on straight line edges. 

Full Pencil Edge: Standard on circles, ovals, and curved shapes of 1/2” thickness.

Ogee Edge: Only available on circles and ovals from 3/8” to 3/4” thickness.

Edge #3: Usually created on 3/4” or 1/2” thick straight glass. The slant or bevel is almost 1” wide and looks particularly good on a base piece.

Edge #4: Used on straight line glass only from 3/8” to 3/4” thick glass. This profile combines a bevel with a straight edge. 

—Ruth Dobbins, Professional Glass Consultant