Bakes On Mesh Series – Part 4 (SLink Redux & Final Thoughts)

It’s the final installment of this Bakes On Mesh series.  When I decided to write about my experiences with BOM, I thought I’d get one or two posts out of it.  Turns out it was more intensive than I thought – and I didn’t even cover everything! This last post will cover using the SLink Physique Redux body bundle and some final thoughts.

After all my testing with the Maitreya body, I decided to try out the SLink Redux body, since it was specifically made for BOM.  I put on the body and since I was still wearing the Glam Affair Margot skin on my system avatar, it applied that to the Redux body parts.

The head looked okay, since I was still wearing the LeLutka head.  So I just needed to check out the hands and feet.

Here are the hands as they appear with the Glam Affair skin. You can see that the nails from the system skin show under the mesh nails.

As mentioned before, included in the Redux body bundle is a fix for the hands and feet.  Here are the hands with the fix added.  You’ll notice that the shading is off – you need to tint the fix to match whatever skin you’re wearing.

The tinting is easy – I just used the color picker and matched it by eye, but of course you can find the RGB of whatever skin you’re wearing so that it will match exactly.  Keep in mind, your lighting may affect how the fix looks.

Ta-da!! Perfect hands.  Now for the feet!  The feet without any fix applied:

Again, you can see that the nails from the skin don’t match up with the nails on the mesh feet.  After wearing the included fix layer for the feet:

You can see that the nails on the feet look much better.

Now that I knew the hands and feet looked good, I turned to playing around with some of the system layer clothing I still had floating around in my inventory.  The Redux HUD also has a few things to help with issues that might arise with using system layer clothing on a mesh body.  There are buttons on the HUD that let you turn the nipples of the body on and off, as well as smooth out clothing so it looks better when applied to a mesh body.

System layers follow the UV map of the system body, so clothing that in real life would stretch across your chest, for example, may ‘sink’ weirdly when applied to your mesh body.  SLink has thoughtfully provided a button to help with this issue.

Here is a pic of a system layer shirt applied – notice the area between the breasts, where the shirt appears to be tucked behind them.

Using the smoothing button in the HUD, you can smooth the area so that the fabric looks more realistic.

You can do the same thing with two other buttons – one for your rear end, and one for that pesky camel toe! The difference is subtle, but often those subtle details make a huge difference.

I tried several other outfits, including this old system layer dress. There is a mesh panel for the dress, but the shirt and pant system clothing layers applied without a hitch.

Once I was happy with the hands and feet and I had a handle on how everything worked, I decided to try a complete outfit – with shoes and hair!

After going through everything, I realized that I had forgotten to test the rendering cost of the Maitreya/LeLutka combo versus the SLink Redux/LeLutka combo.  After all, the whole point of BOM was to try and reduce the rendering load on your computer by getting rid of extra mesh layers.

Now, I expect the Maitreya to be heavier, because the body hasn’t been updated for BOM.  So the onion layers are still there, they just aren’t being used.  I was curious, so I went back and did some testing.

Wearing the Maitreya body and LeLutka head, my render weight/ARC was 25,262.  If I remove the hair and shoes (which are mesh attachments and add to my ARC), the ARC drops to 19,772.

Wearing the SLink Physique Redux body and LeLutka head, my ARC was 21,890.  If I remove the hair and shoes, the ARC drops to 16,400.  So the Redux body is less ARC, as expected.  Keep in mind that ARC isn’t exact, and sometimes removing things in a different order will change the ARC you get.  However, I am happy with the way both the Maitreya and Redux bodies look.

I can’t wait to dig out some of my old system layer clothing and start playing around with different looks!!  If you haven’t given BOM a try – you should.  I hope this series was helpful in explaining how some of it works.  Thanks for reading!

Bakes On Mesh Series – Part 3 (Hands and Feet)

Whew! I can’t believe it’s Part 3 of this series already!  So much information – and I still think I missed some points, but covering everything would make this series even longer, so I’ll just stick to the plan.

This time, I’d like to take a look at how BOM works with hands and feet.  As I mentioned in the previous post, it’s a known issue that BOM can cause problems with hands and feet, particularly around the area of the fingernails and toenails.

Original system skins were created using the system avatar.  (Remember the hideous club feet and the permanent jazz hands?)  Because of this, when you apply old system skins to mesh hands and feet, they don’t usually match up.

Here’s a picture of the Glam Affair Margot skin and how it looks with the Maitreya mesh hands.

You can see the nails of the skin under the mesh fingernails.  Not a great look.  There are some workarounds, though they are not all perfect either.  One option is to buy tintable BOM layers (usually gloves and socks) that you can tint to match your skin.  There are a ton of them available on Marketplace, so just do some searching.  I bought the fix from SmitCo and tried them.

Here is a pic of the fix layer around the fingernails before I tinted them.  You can see that the nails look slightly better, even though the skin isn’t the right color yet.

Here is a pic of the fix after a quick tint (I didn’t take the time to go find the RGB value of the skin I was wearing, though of course your match will be better if you do that).  Not bad, and certainly not as noticeable as in the first picture.

Since I had already purchased the SLink Redux body bundle, I knew that a nail fix was included.  I decided to try it, knowing that it was made for SLink mesh hands, not my Maitreya ones. It was better, but still not great, because the nail beds didn’t line up on the pinky or index fingers.

So I still need a better fix if I’m going to use my Maitreya body with BOM and old system skins.  Keep in mind, as creators begin making new skins specifically for BOM, this issue will hopefully be addressed.

The same issue occurs around the feet.  Here’s a look at my Maitreya feet with just the Glam Affair skin using BOM.

Not attractive.  So I tried the tintable layers from the SmitCo fix I bought.  However, I could not get them to tint.  They were a grey color and I couldn’t get them to change to anything else.

I’m not sure if it’s an issue with the layers, or if it was user error.  I should have tried the SLink fix on the Maitreya feet, but I neglected to do that.  Again, however, as new BOM skins are released, it should become a non-issue.

In the last post of this series, I’ll take a look at how the SLink Redux body bundle works, along with the fixes for the hands and feet.  Finally, I’ll also try on some system layer clothing and see how it works with BOM.

Shopping Break

Keep Calm Feet Up
Image Source:

For the last few weeks, I’ve not really had any enthusiasm about dancing.

I’m not sure why, but I just haven’t felt inspired, I suppose.

So while I wait for inspiration to strike, I’ve been busily shopping all over the grid.

My pocketbook and shoes are plum wore out, but I picked up some amazing things I’ll be showing you.

I’ve already shared a few things I got from the Pose Fair, but I still have poses to unpack and use (yay!).

I went to Kustom9 and picked up some to-die-for shoes, visited the Season’s Story, checked out The Liason Collaborative, and wrapped it all up by doing the TAG! Gacha Event.


I wasn’t planning on doing the TAG! Gacha this time, but the theme is ‘Side Show’ and well, who can resist amazing circus-themed items?

Not me, that’s for sure!

I still have a few events on my list that I want to visit, but I need to spend some time organizing what I’ve already picked up – and deleting some stuff to make room for it all.

So I’m going to give my poor, tired feet a break and prop them up while I sort.

If you need a break too, head on over to MJ’s Burlesque for their encore performance at 2pm SLT today.

I caught the show on Friday, and it was amazing!

Also, I’m changing up the LOTD posts a bit.

I have a TON of things I’ve collected to use in routines that I never use.

So I will be doing a bit more decorating, setting a scene.

And hopefully, penning a few short lines of a story to go with the picture.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Pet Peeves 2

pet_peeveA while ago I wrote a post about some of my pet peeves in SL.

Frankly, some of them drive me absolutely batty.

Most of them are quick, simple, easy fixes.

They are (in no particular order):

Broken ankles – For the love of Pete, people – get an ankle lock!!  If you dance, you NEED one.  Mesh feet look lovely, but there are a TON of animations that make ankles look broken.

Like this:

BrokenAnkle1You can pick up an ankle lock for FREE!!!! at the SLink mainstore – right by the SLink feet.

You don’t have to own SLink feet or belong to the SLink group to get one (last I checked).

One of the worst offenders are ballet animations – when you wear tip toe or high feet and then use most ballet dances, your ankles look downright deformed.

SpotOn also gave out an ankle lock as a group gift, so dig through that inventory and put it on. 🙂

Face lights – While I was attending a class, I made a happy discovery.

If you use Firestorm (which I do), there is an option under the phototools to TURN OFF facelights!  Woohooo!

Now, it also turns off local lights, but most of the time the facelight causes more of an issue than the loss of local light sources.

So wear your halogen face lights – blaze away!

Caching – Please, please, please, PLEASE! When you dance, right before you go on, those few minutes while you are waiting on stage before your music starts, CACHE your dances.

You will catch any stragglers who arrived after you cached your dances the first time.

If you wait until the last minute to cache (and since it only takes a few secs, why not?), then most of the audience will see your dance as you intend, and not broken up with awkward pauses where it looks like you forgot what you were doing.

Feet in floor – This is another pet peeve, and one that is a very easy fix.  If you are using SpotOn movers, just page up before you start.  Glance down, and make sure your feet aren’t stuck in the floor.

Like this:

FeetInFloorIf you use other movers, take a minute and make a few adjustments to keep your feet out of the floor.

Often it’s those little overlooked details that can make or break the reality of your performance.

If you build/choreograph at home and then have to move everything to a venue, do a trial run and make sure your feet aren’t in the floor because things are slightly different at the performance venue.

Glide Dancing – I think this is one of the things I like least when I go to a dance show.

With the performance tools available in SL, it is a fairly simple matter to design your routine so that you do not ‘glide’ over the floor.

Take a few moments – tweak your movers and/or your routine for that realistic feel.

Add in a walk animation instead of just sliding over the floor doing your dance animation.

Watch your routine and note places where the dance animations lend themselves to movement across the floor.

Tip Jars – I have a love/hate relationship with tip jars.

I love to tip performers – they work very hard to provide quality entertainment.

However, I don’t like the way many tip jars are set up.

A running total, great.

Although I’ve been told by others if they see one dancer has a high total and another one doesn’t, they will tip the second dancer and not the first, regardless of any other factors (performance quality, etc.).

Tipping is such a subjective issue.

An ‘amount last donated’ line, great.

It’s always nice to see that people are tipping, although personally, I’d be ok with this not showing.

It doesn’t really matter to anyone, except perhaps the tipper and tippee, what the amount is, does it?

A ‘last donation by XYZ Resident’ line, great.

Again, always nice to see that people are tipping.

Performers do work very hard and dancing is a rather expensive proposition in SL.

But a ‘last donation by XYZ Resident’ AND an ‘amount last donated’ line?

A pet peeve, because I know that there are people out there who want to tip, but don’t want to seem like a cheapskate by donating $25L or $50L when someone else just donated $1000L.

Even though it might be their last $25L.

So many of them elect to just skip tipping altogether.

Which is a shame. 😦

One last thought –


I Took the Plunge #3

Image Source: www.pinterest.comNow that I have my new body, hands, and feet, I need clothes.

After all, you can’t walk around naked all the time.

Well, I suppose you could.

But I like wearing pretty dresses. 😀

The question is, can I make some of my current mesh wardrobe work with the new mesh body?

I sure hope so, because I own a LOT of mesh clothes.

I thought I had a lot of system outfits, but after searching, I realized that probably 65-75% of my wardrobe is now mesh.

I love a good sale, and a good hunt, and I’ve accumulated some decent mesh clothing because of it.

However, if you don’t yet own mesh clothing, not to worry.

A pretty little lingerie set is included with the Maitreya body.

Maitreya Body LingerieMaireya Lingerie Slink hands feetThe first shot is me wearing the Maitreya hands and feet.

The second one is me wearing the SLink hands and feet.

I think both look pretty good, even without the exact skin match.

The lingerie is pretty, and it keeps you from having to walk around naked. 🙂

But it also has lots of options.

It includes a HUD which lets you change the color of the lingerie and the bows.

Lingerie HUDUsing the HUD, you have a nice variety of choices.

The body also comes with 4 shapes.

I tried them, but I didn’t really care for any of them.

So for now I am keeping my own shape.

But I need to wear more than just lingerie.

Purple Moon recently had a huge Boxing Day Sale and I picked up a few items.

So I decided to try one of the dresses and see if I could make it work.

I just ‘added’ the dress to wear it.

This is what it looked like before I adjusted any of the alphas:

PM Dress No AlphasPM Dress No Alphas BackAs you can see, it isn’t a great fit right out of the box.

My legs are showing through and so is my derriere.

Not exactly the look I was going for.

So, I used the HUD to adjust the alphas for the body.

After making pieces of the legs and butt invisible, I thought it looked pretty good.

PM Dress with alphas frontPM Dress with alphas backNo derriere.

No thighs.


I might actually be able to wear my new dress with my new bod!

The chest area looked pretty good from a distance, and of course, I wasn’t moving.

So I wondered if pieces or parts would show through close up or when I turned on my AO.

PM Dress Chest Close UpWhen I zoomed in closer, it looked like all my bits were covered properly.

At this point, I was feeling pretty stoked about purchasing the body.

Not only would I get to have some nice curves, I could still use pieces from my current wardrobe!

Of course, not everything will fit as easily as this dress.

However, it IS possible to make mesh items you already own work with the body.

But what about when you move around?

I turned on my AO to see what would happen.

PM Dress AO no alphasWhoops.

My beer belly is showing.

That can’t be good.

And I forgot to wear my shoes.

Must be all the beer.  🙂

But – an easy enough fix.

A few clicks to add a few alphas and . . .

PM Dress AO alphas frontPM Dress AO alphas chestTaa Daaa!!

Perfect fit. 🙂

And as you can see in the second picture, the chest area looks fine.

No bits or pieces poking through, even with my AO on.

If you notice some seams, I am wearing the SLink hands and feet in these pics.

I forgot to change them out for the Maitreya hands and feet.

PM Dress Ribbon AttachedI also was curious if I could use attachments as well.  The dress I have on had a ribbon that attaches to the front.

I ‘added’ it and bam!

At this point I noticed that I was still wearing the SLink hands.

So I changed them out for the Maitreya hands and feet.

Hubs really liked the way it all looked.

So I had to take an ‘artsy’ angled photo.

PM Dress Ribbon Maitreya HandsLook, Ma, no seams!

The hands really do look amazing.

And still no bits poking out, even in a weird angled pose.


So, of course, I had to try another outfit.

To do a thorough review.

Because you’re all dying to know, right?

So I found a casual outfit and threw it on.

Casual Outfit no alphasFrom the front, and with no alphas, it looked pretty good.

(Still admiring the hands and feet.)

So I cammed around to see if there were any bits and pieces showing.

Sure enough, there were.

Not big pieces, but still ones that I’d want to fix.

Casual Oufit Side no alphasYou can see my shoulder breaking through the shirt.

And there’s a piece of my thigh breaking through the shorts.

You can’t tell in this angle, but pieces of inner thigh were breaking through in a couple of places as well.

Casual Outfit Shorts AlphasSo, I would need to click some alphas to make adjustments.

A few clicks and I was able to get rid of the thigh showing through.

The shoulder might be a bit trickier.

I tried one alpha cut to see how it worked.

Casual Outfit Shirt 1 alphaUnfortunately, not that great.

One alpha helped, but wasn’t quite enough to hide the shoulder.

So I added the next alpha cut.


Casual Outfit Shirt 2 alphasAck.

I got rid of the shoulder poking through, but now I’m missing part of my arm.

So, sadly, this cute t-shirt just doesn’t work with the body.

As I said, it may take some experimenting to see if items you already own will work.

There are three system layers shown at the bottom of the body HUD.

Now, I am new to clothing appliers (because I don’t own mesh boobs or a booty).

So I am still learning how they all work.

I didn’t think anything in my inventory would work as far as system clothing or tattoos without some kind of applier.

And since the Maitreya body is new, I didn’t think there would be many creators who included appliers for it with their clothing.

Hubs wasn’t understanding how the layers all worked, so I demonstrated for him by wearing a pair of system jeans.

Of course, they didn’t show, because the texture would appear on my system avatar, which is hidden by the mesh body alpha.

I don’t have many tattoos, so I didn’t even try those.

I did try a few pieces of lingerie with appliers for other systems, but couldn’t get them to work.

However, the Maitreya body comes with a lingerie outfit from Zaara included.

So I tried it. I wore the HUD.

I clicked the button for the bra and panty.

I then proceeded to do the happy dance. 😀

Omega Lingerie(Ignore the fact that part of my toes are buried in the floor, it’s unimportant.)

What is important is this adorable lingerie set.

There are also stockings and garter belt included in the lingerie set.

How cute is this?

There’s even an on/off button for the stockings to add the texture to your feet.

Easy and convenient.

I was so happy, I had to put on some of my favorite hair and see what it looked like.

Omega Lingerie AmarisHave I mentioned I love the curves of this body?

I am definitely going to have to head over to Zaara to check out the rest of their line.

I need to figure out how to use the Omega applier and see if it works with this body.

I’m still not sure how all of that works, but I am learning.

I love, love, love how this looks.

I can even overlook the mismatched skin tones.

I still look good!

I looked around see what else I could try.

I found one of hubs’ shirts laying on the floor (he’s kind of messy), so I put it on.

BF shirtThe shirt fit perfectly.

No alphas necessary.

I moved around and took a series of pics.


I tried to think of any other questions or concerns I had about mesh bodies.


One of the most important questions – how does it look when you dance?

Dance FrontDance BackPretty awesome, I’d say.

Nice curves.

No distortions that I saw.

Of course, I didn’t try every animation I own.

But for the few dances I tried, everything looked amazing.

Cute legs.

Nice tush.

While I had my dance HUD on, I tried a few poses.

I was looking for a sassy burlesque pose.

I found one, but was a little taken aback.

Here’s what the pose looks like using the system avatar:

System Avi DistortionHideous avatar feet aside, you can see the distortion in the pose here.

The left hip area is distorted, and you can see a bit of that pesky thigh smear.

So I was curious what this pose would look like with the Maitreya body.

I put it on and snapped a pic.

Not the result I was expecting.

Pose distortionYou can see in this pic that the hip area is even more distorted.

The feet look nicer, but the hip area actually looks worse with the mesh body than the system avatar.

Although this discovery was a tad disappointing, I am overall extremely pleased with the Maitreya body.

And knowing that I can make it work with mesh clothing I already own is a huge weight off my mind.

I could always just use my system avatar to wear some of the clothes, but after seeing the mesh body, I’m pretty sure it will become my ‘go-to’ look.

I still have more experimenting to do, and as I learn more, I will post that information.

If you join the Maitreya VIP group, they are currently giving away 3 pairs of shoes that work with the Maitreya feet, in colors that won’t be offered again.

I also want to try flexi-prim attachments and see how well they work.

As always, please feel free to comment and let me know if you found this information helpful. 😀

One last pic:

Gratuitous Shot

I Took the Plunge #2

Image Source: www.pinterest.comIn the last post, I left off wearing the Maitreya body and a preset GA applier that was close to my current skin.

So what’s the next step when wearing a mesh body?

Well, I still need hands and feet.

The Maitreya body says it will work with XS SLink hands and feet (bonus – since I already own those!), but I wanted to try the feet and hands that came with the body first.

The WowMeh body had weirdly skinny ankles, so I was curious to see how the Maitreya feet would look.

The SLink hands are very nice, but many people seem to have problems fitting them and/or matching their skins well, and I often see lines or gaps where the SLink hands join the SL avatar.

So I was also curious to see how the Maitreya hands looked.

You do have to ‘add’ the hands and feet to the body, but once you do that, it’s a breeze to change everything else with the HUD.

Here I am with feet and hands:

Kat Maitreya BodOnce I added the hands and feet, it was a few clicks to apply the right skin preset and some pretty nail polish.

At this point, I have to admit, I stopped and took a few minutes just to admire the body.

Hubs was watching and he, too, was impressed with the way the body looked.

Sure, the skin tone isn’t an exact match, but it is still a damn good looking body.

And it’s mine!

Feeling pretty pumped about my decision to purchase this body, I needed to soldier on.

For my readers, of course.  Not just for myself.  😛

As I was doing 360 cam circles around the body, hubs suggested I take a shot of the back.


I forgot to do that with my SL avatar.  But not this time.

Here is the new me from behind:

Kat Maitreya Bod BackWhen I first tried the demo on, I wasn’t sure I liked how the butt of the body looked.

It’s grown on me.

I love the two dimples right above the buttocks.

I think this was hubs’ favorite view.

After a few more moments admiring my new curves, it was time to get back to work.

I’ll get back to the hands and feet in a just a moment.

I thought it might be helpful to put the ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots next to each other, so it would be easier to visually compare them.

So here they are – the ‘before’ and ‘after’:

Kat SL Avi LAQ Skin Kat Maitreya BodThe skin tones are not quite the same, but the boobs are much rounder and perkier.

I’ve lost a little definition between my waist and hips.

And the feet and hands of the new body win, hands down.  (See what I did there?)  😀

My shoulders seem a little curvier.

I’ve lost that weird ankle bulge (thank goodness!).

The legs and arms are much smoother.

Definitely an improvement.

So, back to the hands and feet.

Sure, they look good from far away.  But how well do they stand up when you get close?

Maitreya Feet FrontMaitreya Mid Feet BackThese are pictures of the front and back of the ankle.

See the seam?

Me either. 😀

I have a nice ankle and pretty nail polish.

These pictures are using the mid feet, but the flat and high feet were just as seamless.

Plus, it was only one click of the HUD to change from one set of feet to another.


So the feet are clear winners for me.  But what about the hands?

I put them to the close-up test as well.

Maitreya Hands Wrist SeamMaitreya Hands Wrist Seam 2If you look really, really, really closely you might be able to see a seam.

I couldn’t.

Not at all.


The Maitreya currently only comes with one set of hands.  (These pictures show the short nail length.)

However, I have read that if there is a demand for other hand positions, the creator is open to adding more hands later.

If they do, I sincerely hope you will be able to change the hands from the HUD with one click, like you can the feet.

I’ve made it through so far with only one pair of SLink hands, so I’m not concerned with having only one set.

But options are always good. 🙂

Speaking of options, you can also change the nail length on the hands (like you can with the SLink hands).

Using the HUD, you can change the nail length from short, to medium, to long.

Maitreya Hands Med NailsMaitreya Hands Long NailsI generally leave my nails set to long.

Did I mention I love that you can choose from 19 different polish colors from the HUD?

One click and you can make your nail polish match pretty much any outfit.

Very convenient.

Much faster than searching through my inventory and through all my SLink nail appliers, trying to remember which ones look like what.

Options are good, but convenience counts too.

Ok, so the Maitreya hands and feet are amazing.

But the information with the body says I can wear my SLink hands and feet.  Can I really?

Let’s find out!

I normally wear the medium size SLink hands and feet.  So will they work?

Maitreya Slink Med Flat Feet SeamMaitreya Slink Med Flat Feet Back SeamAs you can see, there is a noticeable seam on the ankle.

Most of this is due to the fact that the skin tones don’t match.

From the front, the ankle seam isn’t horrible.

It is a little worse from the back, but I could probably get away with wearing the feet.

The hands, though.

Maitreya Slink Med HandsAck.

No hiding that gap.

So clearly, the medium SLink hands don’t work, and the medium SLink feet aren’t perfect.

No surprise, since the information says to use the XS size of SLink hands and feet.

I don’t have the GA appliers for the SLink hands and feet, so there will still probably be a seam.

But hopefully there won’t be any gaps like you see with the medium hands.

Let’s find out!

Here are close-ups of the XS SLink feet:

Maitreya Slink XS Feet FrontMaitreya Slink XS Feet BackYou can still see the seam, as I expected.

But the size of the feet matches the size and shape of the ankle.

So if I got the correct appliers to make all the skin tones match, I’m set!

Which means that I can wear not only my SLink feet, but all the SLink shoes!

My SLink shoe collection isn’t huge, but I do often have to wear them as part of costumes when I dance, so having the option is a huge plus.

Now, what about the hands?

Can I get away with those too?

Maitreya Slink XS HandsAgain, the mismatched skin tones create a visible seam.

But with the right appliers, I am definitely able to wear the SLink hands as well.


I hate wasting money (even virtual money) and being able to use my SLink hands and feet is a definite win.

Not to mention the L$ I’ve spent on SLink shoes and nail appliers!

So I’m very happy to learn that I don’t have to just toss all of those items.

However, I can definitely see myself using the Maitreya hands and feet instead, just for the sake of the convenience.

The last couple of items I want to cover in this post are the neck seam and the thigh area.

Because you are using your system avatar head, it’s important that the skin colors match in order to hide the seam between the body and the SL avatar.

I am not using an exact skin match, so of course the neck seam was visible.

See it here:

Maitreya Neck Seam No Fix FrontMaitreya Neck Seam No Fix BackYou can clearly see the seam at the back.

The front seam blends a little better than the back, but is still visible because of the mismatched skin.

However, there is a neck fix option on the HUD.

I looked to see what the setting for body fat was on my shape and then picked the appropriate neck fix.

One click of the HUD.

Again, the fix is visible, but I am confident that once I get matching skin tones, the seam will be invisible, even without the fix.

After I applied the fix, the neck seam looked like this:

Maitreya Neck Seam Fix On FrontWith the fix on, there is a tiny piece that sticks out a bit from my neck.

However, the size of the fix is spot on.

Plus, I think with a different hairstyle, one that falls around the neck and shoulders, much of the seam would be hidden.

I am still debating about skin options, but I am definitely going to play with the RGB settings on the HUD to see if I can find an exact skin match.

If I can do that, then I’m all set!

One of the things that I have always disliked about the SL default avatar is the ugly black smears that appear between the legs.

When you do certain dance moves, those shadows of the skin texture do weird things.

I once stumbled across a supposed ‘fix’ for this – it was an underwear layer texture that was supposed to get rid of the ugly smears.

It sort of worked.

But it was still weird looking.  And I often find myself avoiding certain dances because they have moves that highlight that very unattractive sight.

Brace yourselves.

SL Avi Thigh SmearIt’s hideous, I know.

There’s no way to make that look good.

And when you’re trying to do a sexy, sensual dance – ick.

As I said, I would avoid dances where this area was highlighted.

Also notice the distortion of the right leg and buttock area.

It looks like I have a skin flap or something hanging down off my thigh.


Thankfully, with a mesh body, all this is fixed.


No Thigh SmearNo ugly inner thigh smear.

No distortion of the leg or buttock area.

Just smooth curves.

A much, much nicer line overall.

I am completely in love with this body.

I love the overall curves and how it looks.

I don’t even mind the slightly mismatched skin tone.

I’d still wear it, even like that.

So now we’ve seen how the body looks with hands and feet, both the Maitreya and SLink options.

We’ve looked at the neck seam and the problem thigh area.

What’s next?

One of the other big questions I had was whether or not I could wear any of my current mesh wardrobe with the body.

In the next post, I’ll show you how I fared.

As always, please comment away and let me know whether you’ve enjoyed reading these posts and whether the information is helpful to you.

Do You SLink?

Hello, my name is Kat, and I’m a shoe addict.  😀

I love the way high-heeled shoes look – glamorous and oh, so sexy!  However, I refuse to wear them in RL (with a very few exceptions).  High-heeled shoes do nothing in RL but wreck your feet.  After watching countless friends and family deal with things like hammertoes, bunions, bone spurs, and the like, I swore off high heels.

But in SL, I can wear high-heels 24/7 and never have to give it a second thought.  Consequently, I own about 500 pairs of shoes!  I have always hated the wear the default avatar feet look (see here), so when I discovered invisprim shoes, I was in heaven. Then mesh came along and SL got even better!

I am constantly on the lookout for new and sexy shoes – a good friend introduced me to N-Core and they have become my go-to shoe store.  However, I keep seeing ads for SLink hands and feet.  What’s a girl to do?

I broke down several months ago and bought a pair of SLink hands.  I must admit, they do look a million times better than the default avatar hands – something I really never gave a thought to before.  I love being able to change the nail polish (now I’m a SLink polish addict, lol) to match my outfit and/or mood.

But for someone who doesn’t have a ton of Lindens to spend, the SLink products are a little pricey.  I only bought one pair of hands and while I love them, I haven’t quite figured out all the details about them yet.  I haven’t tried wearing rings, and I have had issues with clothing that doesn’t appear correctly because of the alpha you have to wear with the hands.

Plus, I like to have options.  So being stuck with only one hand pose isn’t my first choice.  But again, with limited Lindens, sometimes it’s a matter of priorities.  I know that content creators spend a lot of time and effort creating their products.  The reality for me is that, no matter how much I like something, it isn’t always feasible for me budget-wise.

I’ve been debating about getting the SLink feet – I am totally in love with some of the shoe designs I’ve seen.  Then I’m stuck with another dilemma – there are 3 different heights of SLink feet (flat, mid, and high) and not all shoes work with all heights.  So how do I decide which one to get?

I’ve also been debating saving up and getting more SLink hands.  Someone asked in group chat the other day if there was an easy way to change from one hand style to another – something I’d thought about, because it would be nice to switch things up – wear one style on one hand and a different one on the other.  So I could, say, carry a bag in one hand, and show off my rings on the other.  Wonder of wonders, someone else had already had the same idea and you can buy a HUD that lets you switch hand styles on the fly – such a time and hassle saver!!

Do you SLink?  If you do, let me know how you like them and if you would recommend them. 🙂