By Becky "Sha" Shamen
In December, 2015, this writer will celebrate six years in Second Life.
For much of that time, I have been an active member of the Sunweaver
Community. Being an active member entails more than just showing up for
all the social events. A good citizen receives much from being a member
and, in return, gives back his services to the rest of the community.
They do this by helping those in need, showing a positive and joyful
attitude and enhancing the local economy, by renting homes and shops on
the community's sims.
Aside from location, key factors for renting are how much will it cost
and how many prims will be allowed in the rented area. Regardless of how
many prims are allowed, by the time your home starts feeling like your
personal piece of heaven on earth, you'll be wishing for a few dozen
more prims. Over the years, I have found a number of ways to save prims,
while still decorating to get my home to be an extension of my
personality. I'd like to share some of what has been learned, in this
A good way to personalize your home is to add pictures on the walls.
Pictures of your friends, adventures you have been on, things you have
built and classic paintings you love can say a lot about the resident,
but, at one or two prims each, will quickly eat up your prim allowance.
One of the first ways to reduce the number of prims is to make a texture
that contains multiple pictures, frames and the transparent space
between them included. Doing this, you can cover an entire wall with
pictures, using only one prim.
Nice furniture also takes up prims. Fortunately, many shops offer low or
one prim furniture, complete with animations. One of my favorite
vendors is "Primpossible" and they have a number of great items for
furniture and landscaping.
More recently, I have discovered other ways to save prims on displayed
pictures. While researching an article, about the Lionheart Community, I
walked around all the sims, to take in the atmosphere, chat with the
locals and do a bit of shopping. While on the Ahadi sim, I found a shop,
called "The Frame House". They have a large assortment of ornate
picture frames. Each frame costs L$200 and is only 2 prims. You can edit
the contents of the frames to contain dozens of your own pictures and
it will then display them, like a slide show. I bought one, then, and
have yet to find any limit to the number of pictures that can be added.
When I returned to the Frame House, to research this article, I decided
they would be a good way to display some of the countless avatars and
costumes in my inventory, so I bought another frame. The Frame House
also has two photo back drops, for singles or couples. Each has many
background photos and poses. I go back often, just to take more
There is another slide show, that I have, which serves the same purpose
while adding a social gathering place. It's called, "Victorian Magic
Lantern Show" and is 7 prims. It has a fancy projection screen, 6
benches (seats 12) and a steam powered slide projector. The best part
is, this slide show is FREE. You can find it at the Marketplace at the
AleyMart merchant. They have 1328 items and they're all FREE. If you
want to see their products in world, head on over to Arcadia Asylum, on
the Mieville Pond sim. Be prepared for an adventure there. Everything
is unique and interesting. Every time I visit there, I come home with a
dozen new toys.