All my Terrarium designs have a Victorian "feel". The larger terrarium designs with interior volumes of 1.5 to almost 2 sq. ft. are true Wardian Case for the serious indoor plant grower.
This design is my first larger lead-free terrarium. Details about each design are contained in the fact sheet that you can download via
the links provided. Each is a one page PDF file.
A Lead-free Bevel House: The Bevel House design is an art glass design influenced by the common bevels used in Victorian windows called "house bevels" due to their shape.
To achieve a Lead-free unit zinc came is used for the construction in addition to lead-free solder. The top edge side ornaments and the lifting handles on the roof are solid brass. It is important that all came lines are straight lines
making the fabrication with zinc came possible.
The regular design uses 12 house bevels and half square bevels of two sizes. This design is 18" long, 8.5" wide
and 15" high. The lower trim is a green and white opal glass and is 3" high. This size unit is shown in the photographs on this page.
The optional taller design (not shown) uses 24 house bevels and square and half square bevels. This design is 18" long, 8.5" wide
and 22" high.
In both designs the roof structure, made from clear glass, lifts off for complete access to your garden and is of the same size. This also allows removal of the interior tray that contains
the growing area.
So for my Bevel House Terrarium there are a number of possible layouts available:
The lower trim can be made from many colors of opal glass with green / white opals the most common.
The two heights of 15" or 22".
The roof can be constructed from bevels where the side roof sections uses four 4" by 6" rectangular bevels while the ends use clear glass.
The Bevel House can be constructed at half the size. Each side is made from 2 house bevels. The terrarium is then a 9" square and 15" high.
To obtain the Information Sheet on the Lead-free Bevel House Terrarium, a one page PDF file, use the following link --
Lead-free Bevel House Info. It assumes you have the Adobe Reader available.
An additional photograph showing the roof constructed from 4" by 6" rectangular bevels.