Archive for the ‘Jewelry’ Category
There are a number of good people working for various charities in Second Life. I choose to support debra – its a charity that works for children with the most appalling and painful genetic skin condition epidermolysis bullosa – and this week from 25th Oct to 31st Oct there’s a fund raiser with exclusive and new designs plus evening programs of music and fun. Please do come along and support this cause 🙂
There’s no cure for EB but there is support and research into this distressing condition. Last fund raiser in Second Life raised as much money as the first life event – so it only goes to show that SL people are equally generous in their giving.
This slurl will land you in the greeting place with info about the social events and a TP board to all the stores. Don’t forget to visit the Gacha Garden, too!
Here’s GDit Jewelry’s exclusives (and if you click that landmark again it’s a direct route to GDit’s store) –
A mutual appreciation of the mega band U2, inspired designers VertigO Sands of V-Spot Fashion and Moz of GDit Jewelry to create these fab items in their own fields of fashion.
VertigO’s Bono Jacket is produced in 5 colours, black, brown, blue, dark blue and grey. It’s available in single colours or as a fat pack. V-Spot on Marketplace or at the mainstore where you can see the very latest items before they go up on MP later on.
Moz’s Joshua Necklace has a choice of four links, leathers in denim, dark brown and soft red and silver Celtic links. It’s copy and resizable mesh and will fit only gents. Please note that it’ll be too big for ladies but if there are enough requests Moz will produce a ladies version. You can buy as a gift at GDit Jewelry on MP – https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Joshua-Necklace/6135321
or at the mainstore for yourself – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shimmering%20Sands/160/45/23
Photos copyright Mozart Loordes
Bono Mania! Cheers, m’dears 🙂
Another lovely furniture post!
This time I’m featuring the Chaise Lounger LACY by Fi’s Creations and here’s her blog. This lounger is on offer for the February run of The Kollective, a collaboration between designers and bloggers with fab results. The theme for February was Cold Blustery Winter.
I think Fi managed to combine the theme colours admirably. There’s great scripting here with a texture changer for all sofa parts including frame, back piece and side arm in ice blue and soft pink so you can go with the one colour and lace throw or multi colours and lace throw. The cushions are separately scripted too in four theme colours – lilac, ice, rose and pink. I didn’t find any sort of lagging with the scripts – nice.
Three sit animations and eight relax/laying animations that can also loop in combinations are another fun thing to fiddle with. In fact this lounger’s a whole lot of fiddling! I like it a lot 🙂 It was easy to alter the poses to fit via the HUD using XYZ co-ordinates. A few clicks and you’re done. Here’s me relaxing on the ice blue version.
Of course I only have to turn my back in this place and one of my darn cats is on the lounger! Sharlene chose the rosy pink version with toning cushions and she only has three poses – collapse, mate and eat. Poor Sharlene, taking her name in vain here as only today she presented me with a new Copper Bengal kitten with Odyssey Rainbow eyes – wow! Come to think of it, I do pretty well with collapse, mate and eat.
Chaise Lounger LACY is partial mesh and has a Land Impact of 15. Do go over and visit The Kollective soon, lots of lovely exclusive things to indulge in – shapes, skins, jewelry sets (one from yours truly), furniture and all sorts. It’s on from now until 26th February.
Red Robin has a couple of nice hunt gifts out until the end of December.
Firstly, a necklace for the Peace on Earth 4 Hunt and here’s their website with all the clues and heaps of previews. The necklace is at least partially influenced by all that Harry Potter wizardry we usually get around Christmas time as the crystal potion bottle tops twirls around when you make a wish! No guarantees if the wishes will come true as it’s all in the lap of the Gods and Harry, of course!
Red Robin’s other hunt gift is for the Silver and Gold hunt, here’s their flickr group. The theme of the hunt was to do with enduring friendship and each of the jewels on the silver heart shaped pendant change to whichever birthstone you want. So one can be your birthstone and the other, your friend’s, partner’s, pet’s, whatever! At least it will last well after the Christmas season.
Happy hunting everyone!
I’m so excited! Today I made the Red Robin group a VIP one. Everybody (especially jewelers) seems to be doing this lately and it works well. There’s a small ‘pay to join’ fee, after which members get group discounts on new releases, lovely group gifts and free birdseed. Well, they do at Red Robin. If you’ve been a previous customer of Red Robin and want to join the VIP group, then I’ll waive the joining fee.
August group gifts will be sent out tomorrow, and these are transfer with resize options so that they will do for gifts unless you want to squirrel them away in your own inventory.
For the ladies, there’s the ‘Sisters’ necklace. I used mystic topaz moonglow hearts and antique gold swirls for a romantic effect. The pendant is vector artwork and therefore complies with copyright on a pre 1930 painting. I enjoy vector work as it’s not difficult, it just requires time and technique to do a good job, oh – and you need to know how to use the pen tool. This is my favorite tutorial for it – http://www.melissaevans.com/tutorials/vector-art-with-photoshop. Thank you, Melissa! Her tutorial can be adapted quite easily for PaintshopPro9 – my graphics program of choice. I don’t think that it’s possible to get a total appreciation of such a delicate vector into SecondLife as it tends to mute colouring somewhat, but i’m quite pleased with how this one translated.
The gent’s group gift is named after one of my favorite pals and fellow jeweler, Seb, of ‘Designs by Sebastian’. This guy is so talented at making sculpts and I have never seen him be anything less than gentle and polite, even if I am having one of my rare hernias over something or other. He also has a great sense of humour! So here’s the ‘Sebastian set’, a bracelet and ring in laced dark chocolate suede leather with antique gold fancy rings. It also has the Red Robin logo on the front of the clasp, which is a terribly egotisical thing to do. I feel just like Giorgio Armani now, presenting a new collection with my name label on the front of the clothing instead of tucked away inside 🙂
This week is the start of the Fashion Forward hunt and it’s the first one that I’ve made items for. For details please see here – http://kastlerockhunts.blogspot.com/ Red Robin in #43 and there are approximately 50 stores so it’s a nicely balanced hunt which goes on all month until Sept 7th. My hint is, ‘Red Robin often hides his nest under the stairs’. As you get to each store there’ll be pictures of the hunt items so you can make up your mind as to whether you want to fork out L$10 per item. I hope you’ll want to for my offerings!
“Complicated” are beautiful complex linked necklaces with front toggle fastening and pendant. The ladies necklace is gold and opal (Red Robin texture) with an opal heart pendant and the gents is gold and onyx with a shark’s tooth unique sculpt pendant.
Both have one script resizers and are transfer so you can give the other necklace to a friend or partner.
While I was making these, I researched into the most popular sorts of neck chains that we use in first life, most of which can be replicated in our virtual world.
2. Byzantine: An intricate neck chain design where two pairs of oval-shaped links are linked together and then parted by a third, larger, thicker link attached to each pair.
3. Cable: The typical chain, composed of round same-size rings, each linked to the next.
4. Curb: oval-shaped links twisted and often diamond-cut to lie flat.
5. Figaro: alternates rectangular and circular links, typically one long rectangle followed by three smaller round links.
6. Foxtail: sleek and elegant, an intricately woven chain fashioned with two rows of oval links facing each other at a 45-degree angle and connected by a centre row of flat rings set flush with each other.
7. Herringbone: One of the most popular chain designs, the herringbone is a series of short, flat, slanted, parallel links in two or more rows, with the direction of the slant alternating row by row.
8. Mariner link: oval links with a bar dividing the middle of each link. The figogucci is a variant of the mariner where links are twisted and diamond-cut.
9. Omega: a flat chain made up of rectangular smooth rounded metal plates side by side and crimped along the ends onto a strip of metal mesh.
10. Rope: two thick strands woven together giving the appearance of a spiral.
11. Serpentine: A series of small, flat, s-shaped links set closely together and held in place by a twin set of links set below them.
12.Singapore: resembles a twisted herringbone wherein each link is composed of a series of flat, diamond-cut, interwoven loops.
13. Snake: a series of round wavy metal rings joined side by side and forming a smooth flexible tube.
The clasp needs to be strong enough to support the weight of longer chains while shorter chains need a clasp that is easy to fasten, especially if you don’t have an extra pair of hands that can help! Fortunately, today neck chains are fashioned with a variety of clasps.
A. Barrel: A square wire fits into a barrel-shaped tube and locks into place. Some barrel clasps have an additional figure-eight safety clasp on the side. Some barrels screw together providing an even safer neck chain closure.
B. Lobster claw: One of the most popular clasps today. The lobster claw resembles its name. Although it hooks through a loop at the other end of the chain, it’s rectangular and flat to give you a better grip.
C. Spring ring: A round clasp that opens with a coil spring. On better neck chains, the spring ring is generally heavier and more durable than the round loops of old.
Since VWM are very generous to their staff and allow us to have free advertising for our businesses it was time for me to create my first jewelry advert! Not easy when there’s so many superb jewelers around who have thought carefully about their individual style and incorporated it into their marketing. So what to do?
In the end I decided to go with my lil logo pal, the red robin. There’s a lot of avian inspired words and phrases in our human language – henpecked, birds of a feather flock together, pecking order, the blue bird of happiness, dawn chorus, go to roost, getting broody… I’m sure you can think of many more. I was wracking what few brain cells I possess until the phrase… feathering your nest came to mind. That was it! Why not build a fabulous bird’s nest from jewelry? If I could do that it would either drive me nutz or show that I could handle a nanoprim or three.
I started with the nest, building it out of rounds of linked chains. This soon added up to a sizeable amount of prims so I moved to the CIF&D sandbox rather than max out Mirr. We do have enough spare prims to make up a high prim necklace but this was already amounting to well over that quota. Fortunately it was quiet and I was the only person labouring away in the sandbox. Having built the nest I started adding various jewels to the outside of it, texturing as I went until it looked balanced. I do a lot of things by eye and I know that many builders throw their hands up in the air when people don’t use mathematics. But sometimes the eye can be as precise and you aren’t delayed by feverish calculations as to what and how. Next came the eggs, sculpts textured in etched gold. Sorting through my inventory (which incidentally needs another tidy up) I put various earrings and pendants in the nest and hanging from it. In the end it looked as if the robin had appropriated an expensive necklace, twirled the chain around to make the body of the nest and tucked the pendant over the side. Finally, I added the Red Robin holding one of my favourite wedding rings. He looked pleased!
The prim count was phenomenal, fortunately the lag was minimal. I’d been building inside a photoshell made by CIF&D’s co-founder Emcee Widget, a most useful item for photography which itself looks like an egg with a section removed and it serves as a mini darkroom. Hardly daring to take another breath, I dialled up preferences to the highest my computer will take without exploding and took about a dozen photos. Then it was time to dismantle the nest of unparalleled splendour which I saved in sections *laughs*
Here’s the advert. Yes, it was worth the agony.
(CIF&D – Career Institute of Fashion & Design, VWM – Virtual Worldwide Media)