[UPDATE: July 30, 2009] The guide was featured at Massively and the official Second Life blog! Thank you!

Aah, prims. Plywood shapes that magically turn into the most beautiful SL builds. Yes, those prims know how to twist and shout! ... Wait, wh... what?! ... I'm talking about prim twisting - shaping prims into unusual shapes. Prim magic!

We've got sculpties in SL now, which means almost any prim shape is possible without big prim cost. But back then, before sculpties rocked SL, you needed different methods - you needed methods that worked with regular prims. These methods were discovered by early SL residents and sometimes kept secret (the famous one prim double knot for example). I think even the most advanced builder/sculpter should know the basics. You should never underestimate the power of regular prims. That's why I'm giving you this ultimate guide to prim twisting. Every item shown here is only one prim!

Enjoy, comment and share with friends :)

Leaf

Two leaves

Flat leaf / raindrop

Claw

Flower I

Flower II

Ribbon I

Ribbon II

Infinity symbol

Spring I

Spring II

Spring III

String

Knot

Double knot

Light bulb wire

Wave

Column I

Column II

Column III

Nail

Stake

Pencil

Torch holder

Bar table

Table lamp

Desk lamp top

Trumpet

Thin flat paper

Curled paper

Tiny cube

Tiny cylinder

Tiny prism

Tiny ring I

Tiny ring II

Tiny zircon

20m disc

Framed picture

3 faces display panel

5 faces display panel

5 rings target with a hole

5 rings target (no hole)

4 rings target

**[UPDATE: September 12, 2009] I corrected a few mistakes over time (thanks for the head-ups everyone), so if something didn't work for you, try again now :)**

Aah, prims. Plywood shapes that magically turn into the most beautiful SL builds. Yes, those prims know how to twist and shout! ... Wait, wh... what?! ... I'm talking about prim twisting - shaping prims into unusual shapes. Prim magic!

We've got sculpties in SL now, which means almost any prim shape is possible without big prim cost. But back then, before sculpties rocked SL, you needed different methods - you needed methods that worked with regular prims. These methods were discovered by early SL residents and sometimes kept secret (the famous one prim double knot for example). I think even the most advanced builder/sculpter should know the basics. You should never underestimate the power of regular prims. That's why I'm giving you this ultimate guide to prim twisting. Every item shown here is only one prim!

Enjoy, comment and share with friends :)

Leaf

- Rez a sphere
- Set Size to: X=0.500, Y=0.250 and Z=0.370
- Set Path Cut to: B=0.000 and E=0.500
- Set Hollow to: 95.0
- Set Twist to: B=180 and E=-180

Two leaves

- Rez a sphere
- Set Size to: X=0.500, Y=0.300 and Z=0.300
- Set Path Cut to: B=0.700 and E=1.000
- Set Hollow to: 95.0
- Set Twist to: B=360 and E=47
- Set Dimple to B=0.100 and E=0.950 (use these two options to differentiate leaves sizes)

Flat leaf / raindrop

- Rez a sphere
- Set Size to: X=0.500, Y=0.500 and Z=0.010
- Set Twist to: B=360 and E=-360
- Set Dimple to B=0.000 and E=0.050
- If you want to have a flat leaf contour, set Hollow to: 85.0

Claw

- Rez a torus
- Set Size to: X=0.430, Y=0.500 and Z=0.500
- Set Path Cut to: B=0.500 and E=1.000
- Set Taper to: X=1.00 and Y=1.00

Flower I

- Rez a tube
- Set Size to: X=0.070, Y=0.350 and Z=0.350
- Set Twist to: B=-360 and E=360
- Set Hole Size to: X=1.00 and Y=0.50

Flower II

- Rez a sphere
- Set Size to: X=0.010, Y=0.500 and Z=0.500
- Set Twist to: B=360 and E=-360
- Set Dimple to: B=0.000 and E=0.050

Ribbon I

- Rez a sphere
- Set Size to: X=0.010, Y=0.500 and Z=0.500
- Set Hollow to: 95.0
- Set Twist to: B=-360 and E=360
- Set Dimple to: B=0.700 and E=1.000

Ribbon II

- Rez a sphere
- Set Size to: X=0.035, Y=0.500 and Z=0.500
- Set Path Cut to: B=0.130 and E=0.870
- Set Hollow to: 50.0
- Set Twist to: B=-360 and E=360
- Set Dimple to: B=0.450 and E=0.550

Infinity symbol

- Rez a sphere
- Set Size to: X=0.500, Y=0.500 and Z=0.010
- Set Hollow to: 95.0
- Set Twist to: B=0 and E=-360
- Set Dimple to: B=0.000 and E=0.050

Spring I

- Rez a torus
- Set Size to: X=0.100, Y=0.500 and Z=0.500
- Set Skew to: 0.80
- Set Twist to: B=-18 and E=0
- Set Hole Size to: X=0.70 and Y=0.05
- Set Taper to: X=1.00 and Y=0.00
- Set Radius to: 1 (but it will change to 0.947, so you can also just put this number in)
- Set Revolutions to: 2.50

Spring II

- Rez a torus
- Set Size to: X=0.500, Y=0.300 and Z=0.300
- Set Skew to: 0.80
- Set Hole Size to: X=0.10 and Y=0.05
- Set Revolutions to: 4.00

Spring III

- Rez a torus
- Set Size to: X=1.000, Y=0.150 and Z=0.150
- Set Skew to: 0.45
- Set Twist to: B=360 and E=-360
- Set Hole Size to: X=0.15 and Y=0.05
- Set Revolutions to: 4.00

String

- Rez a torus
- Set Size to: X=2.300, Y=0.500 and Z=0.500
- Set Hollow to: 80.0
- Set Skew to: 0.80
- Set Twist to: B=360 and E=360
- Set Hole Size to: X=0.05 and Y=0.50
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.180 and E=0.200
- Set Taper to: X=0.00 and Y=0.50
- Set Revolutions to: 4.00

Knot

- Rez a torus
- Set Size to: X=2.500, Y=0.500 and Z=0.500
- Set Hollow to: 95.0
- Set Skew to: 0.95
- Set Twist to: B=-90 and E=360
- Set Hole Size to: X=0.05 and Y=0.50
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.180 and E=0.200
- Set Revolutions to: 4.00

Double knot

- Rez a torus
- Set Size to: X=2.500, Y=0.500 and Z=0.500
- Set Hollow to: 95.0
- Set Skew to: 0.95
- Set Twist to: B=-360 and E=360
- Set Hole Size to: X=0.05 and Y=0.50
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.180 and E=0.200
- Set Taper to: X=0.00 and Y=0.50
- Set Revolutions to: 4.00

Light bulb wire

- Rez a tube
- Set Size to: X=0.010, Y=0.500 and Z=0.500
- Set Hollow to: 95.0
- Set Skew to: 0.95
- Set Twist to: B=-180 and E=360
- Set Hole Size to: X=0.05 and Y=0.50
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.000 and E=0.250
- Set Revolutions to: 3.00

Wave

- Rez a ring
- Set Size to: X=0.700, Y=0.350 and Z=0.010
- Set Skew to: 0.95
- Set Hole Size to: X=1.00 and Y=0.05
- Set Revolutions to: 2.00

Column I

- Rez a torus
- Set Size to: X=0.500, Y=0.230 and Z=0.230
- Set Hollow to: 95
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.000 and E=0.500

Column II

- Rez a tube
- Set Size to: X=0.500, Y=0.230 and Z=0.230
- Set Hollow to: 95.0
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.250 and E=1.000

Column III

- Rez a tube
- Set Size to: X=0.750, Y=0.300 and Z=0.300
- Set Hollow to: 80.0
- Set Hollow Shape to: Circle
- Set Hole Size to: X=0.70 and Y=0.40
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.450 and E=0.800

Nail

- Rez a tube
- Set Size to: X=0.300, Y=0.300 and Z=0.300
- Set Hollow to: 75.0
- Set Hole Size to: X=1.00 and Y=0.50
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.400 and E=0.750

Stake

- Rez a tube
- Set Size to: X=0.500, Y=0.500 and Z=0.500
- Set Hollow to: 75.0
- Set Hole Size to: X=1.00 and Y=0.50
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.500 and E=0.750

Pencil

- Rez a tube
- Set Size to: X=1.000, Y=0.350 and Z=0.350
- Set Hollow to: 85.0
- Set Hole Size to: X=1.00 and Y=0.50
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.650 and E=0.750

Torch holder

- Rez a tube
- Set Size to: X=0.500, Y=0.100 and Z=0.100
- Set Hollow to: 60.0
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.500 and E=1.000

Bar table

- Rez a tube
- Set Size to: X=0.500, Y=0.500 and Z=0.500
- Set Hollow to: 85.0
- Set Hole Size to: X=1.00 and Y=0.50
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.250 and E=0.850

Table lamp

- Rez a tube
- Set Size to: X=0.500, Y=0.400 and Z=0.400
- Set Hollow to: 95.0
- Set Hole Size to: X=1.00 and Y=0.50
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.200 and E=0.850

Desk lamp top

- Rez a ring
- Set Size to: X=0.500, Y=0.250 and Z=0.250
- Set Hollow to: 95.0
- Set Twist to: B=-36 and E=-36
- Set Hole Size to: X=1.00 and Y=0.45
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.000 and E=0.600

Trumpet

- Rez a torus
- Set Size to: X=0.700, Y=0.250 and Z=0.250
- Set Hollow to: 95.0
- Set Hole Size to: X=1.00 and Y=0.45
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.00 and E=0.300

Thin flat paper

- Rez a cube
- Set Size to: X=0.500, Y=0.400 and Z=0.010
- Set Slice to: B=0.490 and E=0.510

Curled paper

- Rez a cylinder
- Set Size to: X=0.450, Y=0.170 and Z=0.500
- Set Path Cut to: B=0.550 and E=0.900
- Set Hollow to: 95.0
- Set Twist to: B=27 and E=0
- Set Top Shear to: X=0.15 and Y=-0.10

Tiny cube

- Rez a cube
- Set Size to: X=0.010, Y=0.010 and Z=0.010
- Set Path Cut to: B=0.625 and E=0.875
- Set Slice to: X=0.500 and Y=1.000

Tiny cylinder

- Rez a cylinder
- Set Size to: X=0.010, Y=0.010 and Z=0.100
- Set Taper to: X=1.00 and Y=1.00
- Set Slice to: X=0.490 and Y=0.510

Tiny prism

- Rez a cube
- Set Size to: X=0.010, Y=0.010 and Z=0.010
- Set Path Cut to: B=0.565 and E=0.695
- Set Slice to: X=0.250 and Y=0.750

Tiny ring I

- Rez a torus
- Set Size to: X=0.010, Y=0.010 and Z=0.010
- Set Hole Size to: X=1.00 and Y=0.05
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.730 and E=0.750

Tiny ring II

- Rez a ring
- Set Size to: X=0.010, Y=0.010 and Z=0.010
- Set Hole Size to: X=1.00 and Y=0.05
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.180 and E=0.200

Tiny zircon

- Rez a sphere
- Set Size to: X=0.010, Y=0.010 and Z=0.010
- Set Hollow to: 70.0
- Set Dimple to: B=0.850 and E=1.000

20m disc

- Rez a tube
- Set Size to: X=0.500, Y=10.000 and Z=10.000
- Set Twist to: B=90 and E=90
- Set Hole Size to: X=1.00 and Y=0.05

Framed picture

- Rez a cube
- Set Size to: X=0.500, Y=0.500 and Z=0.025
- Set Taper to: X=0.25 and Y=0.25

3 faces display panel

- Rez a cube
- Set Size to: X=0.900, Y=0.500 and Z=0.010
- Set Taper to: X=0.65 and Y=0.00

5 faces display panel

- Rez a tetrahedron
- Set Size to: X=0.010, Y=1.750 and Z=0.500
- Set Path Cut to: B=0.200 and E=0.800
- Set Hollow to: 67.0
- Set Taper to: X=0.00 and Y=0.00

If you can't figure out how to set textures on the panels, check Shifter Gynoid's comment below. He explains nicely what you need to do to display these textures correctly.

5 rings target with a hole

- Rez a ring
- Set Size to: X=0.015, Y=0.700 and Z=0.700
- Set Hollow to: 70.0
- Set Hollow Shape to: Triangle
- Set Hole Size to: X=1.00 and Y=0.50
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.200 and E=0.800

5 rings target (no hole)

- Rez a torus
- Set Size to: X=0.015, Y=0.700 and Z=0.700
- Set Hollow to: 30.0
- Set Hole Size to: X=0.15 and Y=0.50
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.125 and E=0.900

4 rings target

- Rez a tube
- Set Size to: X=0.015, Y=0.700 and Z=0.700
- Set Hollow to: 50.0
- Set Hollow Shape to: Triangle
- Set Hole Size to: X=1.00 and Y=0.50
- Set Profile Cut to: B=0.000 and E=0.800