By Netera Landar
Snug Harbor Blogger
When Saphyre Cyberstar needed a Second Life household item she created it. With the encouragement of friends, she began expanding her inventory of creations to vehicles, musical instruments, vehicles and even a line of boats. Saphyre’s skill is focused on the primworks, sculpts and meshes, while her partner, Foneco Zuzu, better known as ZZ bottom, handles the scripting, poses and technical elements of a build. Saphyre jokes that she’s the carpenter and ZZ is the electrician. Through Cybersculpts, they now have 82 products to sell and more being added consistently. Some items are free, while others range from 25 to 1,500L. Proudly, they have three in-world shops which carry their products. One of their favorites is nestled comfortably on Snug Harbor.
After having considerable viewer problems, I did manage to invite Saphyre to my home on Snug Harbor. We tried to speak in her underwater home, but I couldn’t get my viewer to cooperate. Saphyre told me that she came in-world in January 2010. About six to eight months after learning how things operate on Second Life and having worked as a dancer.
“I quit my dancing job to explore my creative interests,” she said while sitting on my MudHoney armless sidechair. “I had a mentor, my first boyfriend, who was quite an expert builder and I could not even build a box until he showed me the ropes,” she joked. “He was working with prims mainly. He built my first home and a club I worked in. He gave me the knowledge of the tools, and how to use them, and made me fix my own mistakes,” she explained.
The first thing she built was a skybox. Actually, as she explained it, her first building project was a rebuild of the skybox her former boyfriend had created for her that had crashed out of the sky and broke into pieces. She thought she lost the skybox, but found it a month later sitting on top of the roof of her ground level house.
“I must have hit physical,” she joked. “It did provide us with a good laugh.
From that day on, Saphyre created different skyboxes. It was only when she became interested in sculpts did she get serious about building. All the products in her marketplace store are things she needed or wanted over time and she thought, “Why not give it a shot.” She stated that she learned a lot about prim building on OS grid and that it translates into making sculpts here in Second Life. Prims didn’t matter there. You could use as many as you wanted. Unfortunately, the grid there is down, which means their regions aren’t online.
Then came a new challenge for Saphyre. As soon as she learned to sail on Second Life, she created three motorized boats and five sailboats with numerous variations. The most popular boat of Cybersculpts is called CS Marlin.
“We’ve recently gotten an approved handicap for running the open class regattas in Second Life,” said Saphyre. “SL has many sailing races. There are gates all over, one just outside Snug Harbor’s entrance. Sailing racing is something I personally enjoy. I love the competition,” she admitted.
Saphyre said Cybersculpt’s sailboats use the bwind system and carry several passenger poses for the crew. She said the bwind sailing script is easy to figure out. Their boats run the same basic speed, about 17-18 knots, but their catamaran, at 25 wind speed, can zoom across the seas at about 38 knots, which means it glides through the sea fast. Their bestseller is a mega yacht, which is impressive. Saphyre walked with me into the main cabin. There were 2 baths, 2 bedrooms, 2 bars and a dance floor. The model we were on was motorized and had a land impact of 171 prims. She mentioned that there is a performance version in the package for better sim crossings. Using the full version is not recommended and the performance version handles the crossings better. The mega yacht is only $850L.
There are numerous other products that she’s created. They include:
- A mesh foosball table. It’s very realistic and spot on in dimension. This isn’t a scripted object, so you can’t play a game, but it would look great in your SL game room. It’s only 1 prim.
- A hollow body guitar like Paul Reed Smith’s guitars. There are three versions. You can wear it on your back, play it, or display it in a music room or venue.
- A Vintage Style J-Class Mesh Sailing Boat operates with the use of a bwind script. The classic look to it must make it feel realistic. 55 land impact, 2 furnished half cabins, various passenger poses. Has mooring anchor and sail positions. Additional tips and instructions on a notecard. She suggests if you modify, work on a copy and rename, keeping the original like new.
- There’s quite a bit more: violin and cello combo, a mesh phone booth, a mesh dock , a zebra rug, a Camaro, a mesh grand piano, speedboat, pull out bed, bar stool, vintage gas pump. You name it and she probably builds it.
She said, “I have three in–world shops, one of them is nestled right here in Snug Harbor and I couldn’t be happier to be part of this beautiful harbor and island setting. What Snug offers is breathtaking.”
Cybersculpt’s products are also available on Marketplace. Saphyre appreciates all her customers and tries to offer quality customer service at all times. So, if you need a musical instrument, boat, pool table or Foosball table, come down and see us at Snug Harbor (Snug Harbor/201/79/23).