All About Torturing Pims – on Designing Worlds

This was the last show of our summer season – and we found it absolutely fascinating!

So too did the live audience who packed out our studio … and who stayed on for half an hour afterwards as Calla Cela gave a wonderful demonstration of the techniques she uses to create her amazing jewellery!

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And, as Calla and we promised in the show, here is some of the information you need if you would like to try some of this at home for yourselves!

Free sculpting programs:

Rokuro 2.0 – Move the dots and create a mirror image shape.
Download at:
Yazuru Jewell has a shop where he sells other sculpt programs that create more complex shapes. These are listed below.
Calla Cela offers a tutorial with lots of illustrations in her store at

PloppSL – Plopp was initially designed for children. It creates organic shapes and baked textures similar to a Mylar balloon.
Download at:
Calla Cela teaches a free PloppSL workshop – Join her subscribomatic at for updates and announcements for her classes.

SculptyPaint – Creates sculpt maps, baked textures and shadow maps
Download at:

Pixel labs has good tutorials on the website:
Danish Visions school teaches a series of free classes designed to help the student become proficient with this program. You can find their class calender at

SculptCrafter – An inworld sculpt modeller – Use SculptCrafter prims to build in the SculptCrafter sandbox.
Get the free version at
This is a very easy program to learn. There is also a more advanced version that is for sale for 4,000L. There is a good online tutorial at

Wings 3D – A subdivision modeller. This is a complex program that takes time and effort to learn.
Download at:
The web site offers a users manual and tutorials.

Blender – A powerful modelling program. There are plug-ins available to convert the files so they can be brought into Second Life. This is a complex program that takes time and effort to learn. Blender uses hotkeys so there is a steep learning curve.
Download at:
Super3boy has a series of good blender tutorials on YouTube. His first tutorial can be found at:

Low cost sculpting programs:
Archipelis — Creates organic sculpts that are more detailed than those created by PloppSL. Archipelis takes moderate effort to learn. The Website has a tutorial with special instructions for Second Life.
Download at:
Yuzuro Jewell has created a series of Sculpt programs which can be purchased in Second Life at: and then downloaded at : Simply buy the ‘serial box’ at his store and then go to the website.

Tatara – allows the user to create and edit sculpts using five models: Rokuro, Tokoroten, Mage, Wapa and Suchi.

Rokuro Pro – a sculpted Prim can be edited in the three modes: Rokuro, Tokoroten and Mage

Shibori – ‘shrink wraps’ an object file or scupted prim.

Nomi – creates a relief surface

Somato – turns a flat picture into a sculpted prim

Tokoroten – means ‘extruded jelly’ – Create a shape and then turn and stretch the original shape.

ObjCut – makes avatar sculpts and more

How to make a starburst
How to make a starburst


Building Instructions for Calla’s Star-burst Shape (as seen on the show):
Torture one prim into a beautiful star-burst shape suitable for necklaces and decorations for other jewellery.

Build menu, Object tab
1. Rez a Torus
2. Size X = 00.010 Y = 00.50 Z = 00.50
3. Rotation: X = 90 Y = 0.00 Z = 90 (Note: you may have to go back and reset the X rotation to 90 after you have changed the Z rotation’ to 90. Second Life sometimes resets the X rotation to 0.00 when the ‘Z rotation’ is changed).
4. Hollow 85
5. Twist Begin and End: X = -162 (negative) Y = -162 (negative)
6. Hole size: X = 1.00 Y = 0.50
7. P rofile Cut Begin and End: B = 0.530 Y = 0.650

Build menu, Texture tab
6. Check the ‘Select Texture’ radio button at the top of the build menu. Touch the centre of the prim and colour it red so it will be easy to see. You should now see a red star-burst shape. (If another part of the prim turned red, you missed the centre.)
7. Turn the entire transparent by un-clicking the ‘Select Texture’ radio button at the top of the build menu and dragging a transparent texture onto the texture window. (Note: Pick up ‘Calla’s 8×8 alpha texture’ for free at The GIMPsters Texture Gallery at by the front door).
8. Check the ‘Select Texture’ radio button at the top of the build menu. Touch the centre of the prim. You will know you have the correct face of the prim because it will show red in the colour window on your texture tab. (Note: You can see your transparent prim by using Ctrl+Alt+T keys, which toggles ‘Highlight Transparent’).
9. Drag a nice texture onto the Texture window and change the colour to white. For this example I used one of Calla’s lovely opal textures – the effect is stunning.

And now you have a gorgeous starburst! You can see how tiny and delicate it is by looking at it against my neck in the final picture.

Would you be interested in seeing more shows like this, where we asked skilled builders to demonstrate techniques? Is so – tell us in the comments to this post!


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