Saturday, 14 June 2008

~flirt~ Relay For Life Tiffany Rings

Flirt is pleased to be offering four limited editions of The Tiffany Ring for Relay For Life 2008. Available at the ~flirt~ mainstore, all proceeds from the sale of these versions will go directly to RFL and American Cancer Research. Please give generously, thank you.

The Tiffany Ring :: RFL Platinum & Pink Diamond Ver.1

The Tiffany Ring :: RFL Platinum & Pink Diamond Ver.2

The Tiffany Ring :: RFL Platinum & Pink Diamond Ver.3

The Tiffany Ring :: RFL Platinum & Pink Diamond Ver.4

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~flirt~ Tiffany Ring

The Tiffany Ring was designed for a dear friend of mine, JoshuaSteven Schism as an engagement ring for his now fiancée, Carly Corleone.

As we talked about the design it became clear that he wanted something out of the ordinary, something that she could show off and be proud of, something a bit different to the rings commonly available on the grid. He left the details to me. As I browsed the net for ideas and inspiration it becaome clear in my mind that I wanted to make something that was slightly ostentatious, something that, in the real world, would be coveted and way above the price bracket of average Joe's like Josh and I, but was still elegant and classy. Something in the vein of the classic Tiffany designs... and, well, diamonds are a girl's best friend! Of course, the design evolved during the creative process to become something unique, but in naming the final design I wanted to reflect the source of my inspiration, credit where credit is due, and the Tiffany Ring was born.

The Tiffany Ring :: Platinum & Diamond

Shortly after finishing the ring, after Carly had said "yes" to Josh, Linden Labs announced the introduction of Avatar Rendering Cost, initially on the Release Candidate viewer, but soon to hit the main viewer. At 178 tiny tortured prims, I feared that the lag caused by such a piece, measurable by everyone around the wearer, would be a major negative incentive to anyone wanting to wear the ring, myself included. After much research, experimentation, and learning about how ARC works, I was finally able to come up with a slightly modified design that had an ARC so low it could almost be ignored (see here for details of that process).

And so, I present to you, The Tiffany Ring. Comprising a single flawless 7.15 carat Linden precious gemstone surronded by double row of 75 melee diamonds set in platinum on a band shouldered by a further double row of diamonds, the ring is available with five central gemstones - Diamond, Ruby, Amethyst, Sapphire and Emerald. With an Avatar Rendering Cost of only 20-25 (minumum possible being 10, suggested avatar total being 500-1000) this ring is the perfect way to show a loved one just how much you care. Two rings are included in the box, fitted to the left and right hand respectively, and whilst sized for the average female hand size (20), it is fitted with a resize script to ensure the perfect fit for every shape. Priced at a very reasonable L$349 and available in-world now.

The Tiffany Ring :: Platinum & Ruby

The Tiffany Ring :: Platinum & Amethyst

The Tiffany Ring :: Platinum & Sapphire

The Tiffany Ring :: Platinum & Emerald

All ~flirt~ rings are available for gift-giving, either delivered directly to the recipient of your choice, or as a transfer-only version presented in a ring box which opens and closes for romantic proposals. Please contact me (Skinkie Winkler) in-world to arrange this.

Friday, 13 June 2008

Recovery Island :: Grand Opening Today

Recovery Island is a new hangout spot for anyone in recovery from any addiction, including friends and family, and is pleased to be officially opening it's doors today, Friday 13th June 2008. Come along and look around, hang out with friends, have a dance and make yourself at home. DJ Crighton Johin will be spinning the decks between 2pm and 5pm for a party hosted by the island's founders, Coughran Mayo and Skinkie Winkler. We look forward to seeing you there!

Recovery Island

On a personal note, Recovery Island is the culmination of a dream I have had for the longest time in SL, made possible by the generosity of Preferred Family Healthcare, and specifically Coughran Mayo who have kindly allowed me to use a parcel of land on their non-profit sim. My sincerest thanks go to them.

The vision was to have a place where anyone in recovery from any addiction can spend time in Second Life, relax and feel "at home".

Chill Out

With occasional organised events and user run spur of the moment parties, I wanted to create a place where people would enjoy spending time in a "safe" environment with other like-minded people.

Curl up with a book or chat with friends

Meet for coffee


In building the island we have endeavoured to provide different gathering areas to meet with friends in small or larger groups, and activities including group-run music streaming, dance balls, and games including the Seven Seas Fishing Game. We envisage that the island will be further moulded by it's users to become what they want it to be over time.

Seven Seas Fishing Game


The Two Pines Meeting Centre is available for regular or one off use by any addiction support group at no charge.

Two Pines Meeting Centre

Set on a sky platform to ensure privacy from recreational users below, the meeting centre is accessible only from the island itself. The facilities accommodate small and medium sized groups (max. ~20 people) at present, although this can be increased should there be demand.

Meeting room

Small group area

All are welcome to come and look around the island. Please feel free to contact me or Coughran Mayo if you would like further information or to book the meeting centre.

See you at the party!

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