Butterfly Comb

Spyralle Art Nouveau Butterfly Comb Portrait

Spyralle Art Nouveau Butterfly Comb

Today is the last day for April Genre, where Spyralle’s Art Nouveau Butterfly Comb can be found for only 100L. This round celebrates the Belle Epoque, that glittering period of European culture that began about 1880 and ended abruptly with World War I.  It was an era of unprecedented experiment and adventurism in the arts and a churning overturn of social traditions. The Moulin Rouge was at the height of its scandalous fame. Ladies were shocking Society by riding bicycles, wearing harem trousers and demanding the right to vote.

The Art Nouveau decorative style originated in a mid-19th century resistance to Victorian recycling of older European styles and was at the peak of its popularity during the Belle Époque. Characterized by flowing curves and forms “from nature,” Art Nouveau was in many ways a very formal, tightly designed decorative mode, strongly linked to the esthetic introduced by Japanese art coming into Europe and North America in the second half of the 19th century.

Spyralle Art Nouveau Butterfly Comb

Spyralle Art Nouveau Butterfly Comb

The HUD gives you literally hundreds of combinations from 7 enamels, 6 comb materials and 9 gem colors. You can choose a different enamel for the two sections, giving a whole new kind of look, especially if you turn the comb around – the back has the lower “wing” in front. The only parts that don’t change in this version are the metal and the pearls, but you may expect more metal options when the comb reappears at Spyralle’s main store after the event closes, plus an update with pearl options. (Buyers on record will receive the update for no additional charge.)

Spyralle Butterfly Comb Texture Change Options

Spyralle Butterfly Comb Texture Change Options

The choice of materials for the comb base was an interesting exercise in both research and texturing. Ivory and tortoiseshell were both taken from animal species that are now endangered and no longer available legally, though you can still find them in antique pieces. Bakelite, an early form of plastic, was invented in 1910, just barely within the time frame of Belle Epoque, so I had to include it, being both a fan and collector of bakelite jewelry.

Three variations. Tortoiseshell, ebony and ivory combs shown.

Three variations. Tortoiseshell, ebony and ivory combs shown.

The attachment is mod and unrigged, so you can both resize it with your edit tools and move it around to suit your hairstyle. I recommend keeping a totally unedited (including NOT moved) copy so you will always have the default original position, angle and size to work from.

Yes, the comb does coordinate with our Lightbearer headpiece.

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Fantasy Faire 2016

Lightbearer - Fantasy Faire 2016

Lightbearer – Fantasy Faire 2016

Lightbearer brings a new character from the world of Wind Rider, Waverider and Thornweaver. She brings Hope.

Lightbearer of Hope for RFL

Lightbearer of Hope for RFL

Lightbearer of Hope, the special edition for Fantasy Faire, is only 100L at Spyralle’s store on Serenity at the Faire. The unisex antlers come in two versions, with and without the forehad pendant. This unscripted, non-texture change version is mod, and I have seen it scaled down very nicely to fit a Petite avatar. All proceeds go to Relay for Life.

The dress is not included. It is the Plum version of Spyralle’s Atana, and it is also at the Faire, with a special 100L price.

Spyralle Lightbearer RFL Special Edition

Spyralle Lightbearer RFL Special Edition

You will also find Lightbearer in four antler colors with HUD control texture change ornaments and lanterns, granting you dozens of combinations.

Spyralle Lightbearer Black

Spyralle Lightbearer Black

Spyralle Lightbearer Antique

Spyralle Lightbearer Antique

Spyralle Lightbearer Pearl

Spyralle Lightbearer Pearl

Each set of antlers has an invisible, rather dim light source attached. If you have your viewer set not to show lights attached to avatars, you will not see it.

Spyralle Lightbearer Brown

Spyralle Lightbearer Brown

A specially priced pack of all the colors in one HUD, plus a bonus lantern option is available at Fantasy Faire.

The first two photos were taken at Annon in the Fallen Gods Archipelagus. The skin is The Visitor Nebula by Curio, unfortunately no longer available.  The hair is Siiri from EMO-tions, and the eyes are IKON Kaleido Eyes in Crystal. The tattoo is Spyralle’s Wave Rider Abyss. Yes, there will be appliers for all the Waveriders and Thornweavers some time in the next few months.

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Niika

Niika, a new gown from Spyralle for April Fair Play

Niika from Spyralle for April Fair Play

Niika has the lines of a Medieval lady’s kirtle, but the pattern on the velvet fabric is anything but traditional.  I repurposed the “Art Deco” fractals to create a formal geometry and complex layerings of color. So Niika belongs to no era and no world except that of Fantasy, where anything goes.

Spyralle Niika Colors

Spyralle Niika Colors

The front-laced velvet gown opens over a coordinating underskirt. There are 8 sizes in the package. Niika is at Fair Play for the April round, which ends tomorrow, unfortunately. Look for her back in Spyralle sometime soon.

This month is Fair Play’s first anniversary, so there are birthday gifts out – free gifts for the taking! Here is a picture of Spyralle’s gift. The oufit on the model is Thornweaver from Spyralle, still available in the store and soon to be updated with appliers.

Spyralle Pearl Antennae - Gold and Emerald

Spyralle Pearl Antennae – Gold and Emerald

We also have an exclusive release in the Fair Play Jewel Gacha – an entertaining new variant on the popular random prize machines.  You pay 25L to any of the large gacha jewels at Fair Play and you get a random prize from one of the designers in the event. There are no uncommons, rares or ultra rares; chances are equal for everything. Here is Spyralle’s Jewel Gacha prize:

Spyralle Emerald Waves Necklace

Spyralle Emerald Waves Necklace

 

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Medieval Times

Spyralle Heart Shaped Hennin

Spyralle Heart Shaped Hennin

Genre’s theme for this round is Medieval. The setting is a jousting arena, and the designs are wonderful. Do go! The event ends on the 11th of the month.

I have always wanted to create one of these headpieces in Real Life, and modeling one in mesh is a different but equivalent challenge. A hennin is any one of several types of ladies’ headdresses worn in the 1400s. It precedes the more widely known and copied Tudor headdress – which I would call Renaissance, but that’s my opinion. Hennins belong to the era in which ladies of the nobility often (but not always) covered their hair completely and even plucked back their hairlines to be smooth and hairless around the edges. I suspect the hair-hiding makes this era somewhat less popular for modern costumed role play! The best known form of the hennin is the steeple hennin, a tall pointed cap with veils. The heart shaped hennin might be worn with veils, but not always.

For the making and wearing, this one is even better than buckram, wire, padding, satin and ribbon and pearls, because I can change the colors with the click of a HUD!

HUD for Spyralle Heart Shaped Hennin (Jewel Colors)

HUD for Spyralle Heart Shaped Hennin (Jewel Colors)

Someone pleaded with me to add a veil, which I did not have time to model in mesh, so I made a flexy one quickly for fun, and that version is in the package.

There are two other color sets.

Spyralle Heart Shaped Hennin - Pastel

Spyralle Heart Shaped Hennin – Pastel

Spyralle Heart Shaped Hennin - Earthen

Spyralle Heart Shaped Hennin – Earthen

Each one has dozens of combinations, so you should be able to coordinate with just about any medieval outfit.

Fractal? Plasma for one of the layers of the velvet. The top photo was taken somewhere in the Fallen Gods Archipelagus, where I take many, many pictures. The skin is Glam Affair, eyes by IKON. The dress is Tarja from Spyralle.

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March Gifts

Spyralle Undersea Helmet - Steam XI Hunt

Spyralle Undersea Helmet – Steam XI Hunt

Spyralle joined two March hunts – nearly over, unfortunately. The Steam Hunt, a perennial favorite, featured an undersea theme. Riffing on the Denizen mask (which you have not seen the last of!), I added fittings to make it into a helmet for a Mer Warrior, complete with light and earphones. The bladders at the top hold compressed air for the not-so-mer folk.

Spyralle Odyssey Necklace

Spyralle Odyssey Necklace

Odyssey was the theme of the spring Twisted Hunt. Inspired by the voyage, I created a necklace in enamel and gold, accented with blue pearls.

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Inkke

Spyralle Inke Dress

Spyralle Inkke

Amid all the holiday rush, Spyralle’s Inkke gown was missed here in the blog, and I would like you to see it now, if you missed it too. Created with fantasy themed role play in mind, the line of the dress is distinctly modern, baring shoulders and arms. The laced bodice falls into a richly patterned skirt, echoed by the floating sheer panel in the back.

Innke, Spyralle’s exclusive at November’s Fair Play round, is now in the main store in six colors.

Spyralle Inkke Sepia

Spyralle Inkke Sepia

Spyralle Innke BlueGreen

Spyralle Inkke BlueGreen

Spyralle Inkke Dove

Spyralle Inkke Dove

Spyralle Inkke Black

Spyralle Inkke Black

Spyralle Inkke WildRose

Spyralle Inkke WildRose

Hair by Exile, Skin by Glam Affair, Eyes by IKON

 

 

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Some Random News and Thoughts

For me, necessity requires a focus on the material world these days, from now (actually last month) until at least the end of June. I have no choice but to cut way back on designing and making for Second Life until then, so Spyralle’s event and hunt presence is going to be rare for a while. I am doing the Steam Hunt, the Twisted Hunt, and probably Fantasy Faire (how could I not?), but that is likely to be all until July.

There are several Spyralle projects still in the pipeline and close to being ready for release. If they coincide with Fair Play or Genre, per timing and theme, I will put them in those events. Otherwise, they will be store releases, probably with a special introductory price for a day or two. Group gifts will appear at random times.

The other work that is coming along in bits and pieces is an update of many older projects, converting things to mesh and making …. Appliers! Spyralle’s wearable art is outside of trends, so I am hoping it will be worth it to update the pre-mesh designs. Quite a few people have asked.  I was not willing to face this task until the Omega system covered most of the mesh bodies out there, but now it does. It’s certainly worth doing if only one applier is needed, so I’m starting to re-release a few outfits with Omega. Gossamer Mardi Gras with Omega went out as a gift to Spyralle Studio members last weekend. It is still in notices AND there is no joining fee right now, so this would be a good time to join the in-world group and grab yourself a very pretty outfit.

I’ve also done appliers for some older Valentine theme dresses. They were initially out at the Secret Wednesday February Yard Sale and will be in the main store sometime on February 11 for 50L each: system layers, flexi skirts, Omega appliers. Another older dress, Yarrow in Grapefruit with Omega, is a gift out at the Free Dove until the 14th. These are only going to be around for a limited time in-world. They’ll go to Marketplace after this.

In the meantime, watch for applier versions of other Spyralle classics. They will have at least Omega and possibly Slink, Maitreya and Belleza appliers. We’re considering Petites versions of everything, too.

The up-side of the forced semi-hiatus is that I am taking classes and working very hard on original rigged meshes, especially more wearables for men, so with any luck, you’ll start seeing those the second half of the year. Project Bento is motivating a new look at the whole wing catalog, most of which were never released, believe it or not. Some of those unreleased designs may finally see the light of day and old wings may reappear – rigged and animated! – as tools become available, so stay tuned!

Final random thought: Wouldn’t it be great if Project Bento leads to facial AOs you can purchase and use for any mesh head? Including one you make yourself from your own unique shape? (It’s not out of reach for anybody with fairly basic Blender and Avastar skills.)  Assuming something like Omega to apply skins, it could mean a major democratization of mesh avatars in SL. I’d go for that.

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