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Of all the art mediums, glass is perhaps the most beautiful way to capture the magic of Mardi Gras. Glass artists in New Orleans, and across the US and worldwide, are embracing the holiday and creating some incredible projects. The Mardi Gras celebration is full of color and symbolism, and provides inspiration for bold, eccentric art. Delphi Artist, Julie Haan, whose talent extends into fusing, stained glass, mosaics and beyond, created the awesome projects you see in this post. Her inspiration? The rich history behind one of the worlds most beloved celebrations. The actual phrase “Mardi Gras” means Fat Tuesday in French. It’s a long lasting European custom for people to overindulge before the sobering beginning of Lent. Some scholars believe the original roots can be traced back to ancient Roman times during their springtime feasting. In the United States, the Grand Capital of Mardi Gras is New Orleans, where
GST Publications has given Delphi special permission to share some of their most popular patterns for FREE GST produces a long running series of stained glass pattern books and premium glass bevels. Use this free pattern with the GST butterfly bevel cluster, item# GST3, to make a graceful, nature themed project. Find even more great GST products here at Delphi. Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Download Butterfly Bevel Panel Pattern
How to Use Bevel Clusters to Create Beautiful Beveled Glass Windows Step 1 Draw the perimeter lines to define the outer border and then divide the area into quarters. Step 2 Center Motif - using the center point as the reference, place bevel cluster in the center of your pattern. Step 3 Border and Corners - position the corner and/or border bevels 1" to 2" from the outer border. Step 4 Trace around each bevel, numbering the pattern and the bevel. Divide the background with grid lines. Use square, rectangles or diamonds.