January 21, 2003: Chiaroscuro, playing with light and shadow through blends.
Fearless Leader: Ok, I'm going to change the cam and open the box of fresh clay that Karen sent to me and I'll be blending black with silver with pearl
Fearless Leader: Kay, I'll be doing this all day so you won't miss anything
dahs512: I'm good til 4 so I'll get shots ok?
Fearless Leader: and don't drive too fast going home
Fearless Leader: ok, Denise, thank you all for waiting for me.
Fearless Leader: who's doing log saves?
kmrhodes: no speeding
dahs512: worth the wait
sew_short: Oh I won't - I'm old and slow
Fearless Leader: I think I can see everyone who's on the cam list
Fearless Leader: I'll save logs
dahs512: i can if we get done in time
kmrhodes: still havent figured out how to save logs in my Mac
kmrhodes: I keep trying though
sew_short: Now I'm hungry for something chocolate and ice creamy
kmrhodes: I scream, you scream, we all scream for>>>>>
icare4bunnies: this is truly decadent
kmrhodes: me fun gals
kmrhodes: this is my social time
icare4bunnies: denise, I reduced the butterfly cane
kmrhodes: I don't get out much
sew_short: Karen, did you keep the note from Edie? I did but have'nt taken the time to study it and try it for saving
dahs512: oh good
kmrhodes: I found out how to do the shots
dahs512: did it reduce ok?
icare4bunnies: got brave
kmrhodes: but the saving logs - just doesnt work fo rme
icare4bunnies: not bad, I scanned them, I'll send them to you
dahs512: you can take shots too Karen
dahs512: you ditched the fear
sew_short: Hey Bonsai
kmrhodes: hey kathy
kmrhodes: where are you?
sew_short: Kathy - you are just in time. NJ is just getting ready to start
dahs512: i don'
sew_short: So, where is she?
kmrhodes: I don't see her on the chatters yet
dahs512: t see her
Fearless Leader: I don't see Kathy either
kmrhodes: nice background NJ
kmrhodes: purple and green
kmrhodes: your address?
dahs512: Jael they both turned out great!
kmrhodes: oh it looks like a package
sew_short: Priority box is being opened
kmrhodes: wonder who its from
icare4bunnies: it's Christmas
sew_short: hummm ... yep - peanuts
sew_short: Oh - yeller
kmrhodes: look at that stack of clay!
sew_short: Red - orange
kmrhodes: HEy NJ
sew_short: See that BIG grin?
sew_short: *** drolling ***
kmrhodes: that is so cool to actually see a package arrive and get opened
kmrhodes: you really want to drool?
kmrhodes: you ought to see my bookcase filled with clay
kmrhodes: all colors
sew_short: I'll bet!
kmrhodes: and ordered $700 more
sew_short: Hey - you ought to take a pic and post it so everyone can drool
Fearless Leader: These are the colors we're going to work with today
kmrhodes: I just might
Fearless Leader: black, pearl and silver
sew_short: that would be fun
kmrhodes: new and fresh
Fearless Leader: the silver will be in the middle
icare4bunnies: smooshy too I bet
Fearless Leader: so let me do the three color blend and get started
kmrhodes: tsk tsk tsk
sew_short: Our fearless leader picks up a brand new packing of clay and cuts open the plastic wrapper
icare4bunnies: I bought a block of Kato's polyclay.... boy does that stink - I mean it smells
kmrhodes: that she got from the infamous supplier, the Clay Alley
kmrhodes: I heard the kato clay crumbles a lot
kmrhodes: don;t know firsthand thought
icare4bunnies: this didn't crumble
kmrhodes: after its opened for a couple of weeks
sew_short: She is being really neat about opening it - I would have ripped right into it!
icare4bunnies: it was soft, but it smelled like new plastic
kmrhodes: bake it in a covered roaster
kmrhodes: that might help with the curring smell
kmrhodes: course, when you take off the top - stand back
icare4bunnies: haven't cured it, it smelled like that right out of the package
sew_short: Awwww, opening more clay
kmrhodes: pressing clay in PM
sew_short: I've never seen Kato clay (nor smelled it)
kmrhodes: look how nice that is to work with
sew_short: Hey, did I just see her use the pasta machine?
Fearless Leader: taking two slices of silver
Fearless Leader: and one slice each of black and pearl
Fearless Leader: I ran them through the press only once
Fearless Leader: they get these automatic pointy ends
Fearless Leader: which is what we need for a blend
Fearless Leader: don't over condition before doing a blend
Fearless Leader: the blending will condition it enough
Fearless Leader: ok?
Fearless Leader: one pass and then put the pointy ends together
Fearless Leader: make it easy on yourself
Fearless Leader: cut the ends off so there's just an inch or so of the colors at the end
Fearless Leader: we're just concerned with the blend
Fearless Leader: if there's enough silver to connect in the middle
Fearless Leader: that's all we need
bonsaikathy joined the room
icare4bunnies: the focus is kinda fuzzy
Fearless Leader: we don't need a big shadow on the end
Fearless Leader: or a big highlight in the middle
Fearless Leader: Hey Kathy
kmrhodes: Bonsai is here!
dahs512: just in time
Fearless Leader: just doing a blend with black and silver, pearl and silver
bonsaikathy: hi there
Fearless Leader: I was just telling your Claymates that you don't have to condition clay like mad when you're going to do a blend
Fearless Leader: just one pass and use the natural pointy end to over lap
Fearless Leader: ok?
Fearless Leader: ok now I'll blend these two and they will be connected to solid silver in the middle
Fearless Leader: that's HALF of the cane we'll need to do a shaded and highlighted silver cane
Fearless Leader: if there's any questions I'll take them now
dahs512: yes Jael, little fuzzy. She is getting a new web cam soon though
kmrhodes: can you
Fearless Leader: I didn't see Jael type
Fearless Leader: Jeal type for me so I know I'm getting your text
icare4bunnies: see me now?
Fearless Leader: ah good, thanks
dahs512: she just did
Fearless Leader: I'm punchy from last week
Fearless Leader: Denise, no kidding, I'll need reassurance all day to get over it
Fearless Leader: LOL
kmrhodes: we love you NJ
kmrhodes: right girls
icare4bunnies: what are you getting over?
Fearless Leader: I couldn't see you or Karen or a whole bunch of folks on my chat log last time
Fearless Leader: and it made me crazy
dahs512: last week she couldn't see some peoples text
icare4bunnies: I see
Fearless Leader: for questions, comments everything you and other folks wrote I couldn't see
dahs512: and now so does she
Fearless Leader: so I'm twitchy today and will ask all the time
kmrhodes: darn 'puters
Fearless Leader: ok, let's do the blend
sew_short: OK, so now what do we do?
icare4bunnies: blend blend blend
kmrhodes: describe whats happening
icare4bunnies: roll, pinch, and put it through the machine
icare4bunnies: with dard at one end and light at the other
sew_short: I will when I figure it out ... looks like she ran the black and silver blend thru the pasta machine
dahs512: rollin' rollin' rollin', rawhide!
kmrhodes left the room
icare4bunnies: roll the blend, and pinch the roll to fit it in the machine to shorten the amount of folding in the blen
sew_short: Are you always rolling in the same direction - same side?
icare4bunnies: always with the different colors at the ends
dahs512: she made the log then put it through the pm
icare4bunnies: always the same direction
icare4bunnies: until it looks like a smooth transition, popping bubbles with the exacto knife
Fearless Leader: black to silver
dahs512: Karen got bumped
icare4bunnies: then run it through length wise
icare4bunnies: so its long from dark to light
kmrhodes joined the room
icare4bunnies: wb karen
icare4bunnies: next blend, white and silver
dahs512: need some velcro, Karen?
kmrhodes: darn thing
kmrhodes: got some?
kmrhodes: ticks me off
dahs512: just tryin' to keep you here
kmrhodes: gotta get out the super glue
sew_short: NJ ran the silver and white thru pasta machine and started the roll, pinch, blending
kmrhodes: look how nice that blends Jael
Fearless Leader: ok so now we have two blends
Fearless Leader: we're going to connect them at the silver ends
icare4bunnies: never had a problem with the blends
icare4bunnies: just smooshing
icare4bunnies: hee hee
icare4bunnies: silver in the middle
kmrhodes: connecting the two blends at the silver side and putting it thru the machine
icare4bunnies: look at that long strip
kmrhodes: to form one long sheet
Fearless Leader: ok, now I am going to fold this like an accordian so there's pearl on one end and black on the other, silver in the middle
icare4bunnies: how do you control it?
Fearless Leader: I glare at it
icare4bunnies: it would stick to the machine for me
Fearless Leader: growl when I turn the handle
Fearless Leader: LOL
kmrhodes: threaten it with the fist of doom
Fearless Leader: Your room is too warm I think
icare4bunnies: right, that works
Fearless Leader: I keep my work space cooler than I would keep a room just hanging out watching TV or reading
Fearless Leader: I'm going to cut off some of this pearl at the end
icare4bunnies: it's the warmest place in the house, summer or winter
icare4bunnies: don't know why
Fearless Leader: we want a highlight, not a stripe
kmrhodes: using the potters rib to cut off a bit of the pealr
kmrhodes: folding it accordian style
dahs512: is she folding?
kmrhodes: back and forth
icare4bunnies: very neatly I might add
icare4bunnies: wow I am impressed
jyladams joined the room
kmrhodes: making sure it attaches to itself
dahs512: about an inch wide?
kmrhodes: looks like it
kmrhodes: cutting off ....
kmrhodes: still folding
kmrhodes: back and forth
icare4bunnies: that would work well for any blend, say if you needed a graduated blend for a feather
kmrhodes: someone take a shot of that
icare4bunnies: a stack
icare4bunnies: anyone taking pics?
Fearless Leader: ok, three color blends are your friend
dahs512: I am
dahs512: Hello Jyl
Fearless Leader: just about everything has a highlight
Fearless Leader: everything has a shadow
Fearless Leader: Hey Jyl
Fearless Leader: I'll take questions at this point
jyladams: sorry I am so late....
icare4bunnies: ooh a rainbow
dahs512: we just started
kmrhodes: just got started
Fearless Leader: Yes Jael, a rainbow will work as well
sew_short: NJ - when you cut some silver at the end - wasn't that white?
kmrhodes: okay NJ, you cut off something when you were folding. What was it?
icare4bunnies: I mean jyl's font is a rainbow
jyladams: This is the "highlights and shadows" section is it not?
Fearless Leader: Jyl this is the hightlight and shadow demo
Fearless Leader: I blended silver with pearl
Fearless Leader: and silver with black
Fearless Leader: for a metal pipe or chain mail has highlights and shadows
Fearless Leader: as well as the metal color
Fearless Leader: you can do it with gold too
Fearless Leader: the black and gold goes bronze
Fearless Leader: and the gold and pearl is too pretty
Fearless Leader: we are aiming for adding shadow and highlight with blends
Fearless Leader: do two blends and add the common color in the middle
Fearless Leader: I fan folded the ribbon that the two blends made when the silver ends were connected, that bit I cut while folding was where it was connected and it was off center
Fearless Leader: so I sliced and made it on center and continued to fold
Fearless Leader: did I miss any other questions?
Fearless Leader: does anyone need the link to the blends page on my site?
jyladams: yes please
Fearless Leader: I can get it for you really quick because I use my Search Engine
Fearless Leader: LOL
Fearless Leader: I'll get it for you Jyl, brb
icare4bunnies: hey, I made my text go rainbow too
kmrhodes: searching/...... searching.....
icare4bunnies: just figured out how
dahs512: i won
dahs512: hee hee
jyladams: Rainbows are fun! If everybody has a "special" color you can tell who is talking without reading names
Fearless Leader: The main Blend's group
sew_short: NJ My question was you cut silver off in the beginning but I though that end was white???
Fearless Leader: I cut both, Kay
Fearless Leader: I cut off excess pearl which shows up as white on cam
Fearless Leader: and I cut the silver while folding because it was goofing up the fold by being uncentered
Fearless Leader: that's all
Fearless Leader: I'll save log at this point if there's no other questions
sew_short: none here
kmrhodes: I'm good
Fearless Leader: ok, log save, pix save, and potty break for your's truely