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pstewart



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Since Doug said we didn't need to use the ornaments in the picture, I made my own from scratch.

1. Started with a picture of a corrugated pipe then twirled it in KPT3 to make kaleidoscopic designs, and combined some of them etc. till I got designs I liked.

2. Added color to them with color balance.

3. Used KPT2 glass lens bright filter to make them round and shiny. Added low opacity emboss layer effects to brighten and shade some of them even more where needed.

4. Made the metal tops with PS's render 3D filter set to cylinder, on a patterned rectangle, then selected narrow oval on the top and lightened it, then embossed with layer effects.

5. Made the little ring with two concentric circles filled in with gray and embossed with layer effects.

6. Merged steps 4 and 5. Duped tops and place them on ornaments, rotating and positioning each individually.

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Mom3
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12/8/2002 5:31am

Wonderful!!!
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themanda

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12/8/2002 11:48am

very well done!

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niagra

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12/8/2002 1:26pm

oooooooo these are gorgeous! Do you do glassblowing too? heheee. Very, very beautiful work.
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T Paul

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12/8/2002 1:39pm

Wow, simply beautiful results Phyllis! I love all the different designs you created...all from the same pipe? I bet if your created a tutorial on this it would be in high demand. Will you add your original image to this thread, as I'd love to see what you started with. Outstanding job!

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phili1

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12/8/2002 10:36pm

Awsome Phyliis. I like them
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mama alligator

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12/8/2002 11:25pm

These are beautiful, Phyllis.
Thank you for the details on making the tops and rings. They look fabulous.
Some of the ornaments themselves remind me of pysanky - Ukrainian easter eggs. Talk about your eye candy. Thanks for posting this.
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pstewart

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12/9/2002 1:17am

Thanks for all the nice words. Glad you like them.

The picture I started with may not be a pipe, though it looks like one of those corrugated sewer pipes. Looking at it again, it may be something else...it's the first pic on this page:

http://www.FreeFoto.com/pictures/tex...rves/index.asp

The kaleidoscope images were made with KPT3 twirl filter, sometimes putting one image in the middle of another to decorate the center area, sometimes warping first with flaming pear ornament filter then twirling a second time, sometimes overlaying one image on another to combine lines, but about half of them were simple one-step results.

The spheres were also made with KPT, but version 2.1, which I don't think is still available. Any spherizing filter would do, though.

I made the "pipe" b/w first. Then the coloring was done with color balance, not colorize in hue/saturation, since color balance puts slightly different colors in for you if you like in the three dark-to-light options, making the resultant colors more interesting than the flat one-color you get with colorize.

One more thing...the "texture" I used to make the metal top came from the golden ornament in upper right. I just took a rectangle from its mid section and squashed it with transform. How's that for recycling...hehe.

If you don't have a kaleidoscopic image filter, there's already a tutorial in the forum on how to make them from scratch. I plan to contribute masks/templates to that, by the way, since I have a program that can generate them easily in any number. Must get to that soon...remind me if I forget.

Mamagator, being of that heritage, I used to make Ukranian Easter eggs with my aunt, using bees wax and a kiska...lots of work, but really awesome when done.

Phyllis
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marina
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12/9/2002 4:34am

Very beautiful. I would love to have these hanging on my tree. It's amazing what you did with an old pipe!
I think a tutorial would be great. This technique would make wonderful Easter eggs. I might even get the hang of it by then!
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clare

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12/9/2002 12:57pm

You are the kaleidoscope queen - these just prove it!

So beautiful
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phili1

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12/9/2002 9:54pm

Phyliss you can start a new business, your christmas balls are better then what you can buy in the store
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jessie
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Registered: October 2002
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12/11/2002 3:10pm

Wonderful! This too would make a great holiday card! Merry Christmas!!
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Mike Needham

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Registered: April 2002
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12/18/2002 10:15am

Only caught these by chance into a rare foray into these parts of the challenge area.

I have to say they really are great! There is also nice attention to detail shown. Love the red striped one and the green one. Really impressed that you managed to get so many variations from the one image.
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Wanda Schwind
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Registered: January 2002
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12/23/2002 5:27pm

Just wonderful, Phyllis, I want them for my tree!! Merry Christmas

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denijo
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12/27/2002 2:26pm

Just beautiful!
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