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Clay Nation on Times Square, Lucid Dream our star of the week, 3D Model CNFTs & CNFT Galleries deepdive !

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NFT-MAKER presents to you, the first newsletter made for CNFT enthusiasts by CNFT enthusiasts.
Our newsletter will bring you a digest of the latest news and events that happened during the week, a look back on a key moment in CNFTs baby history, debunking a useful tool in the CNFT Space and of course a detailed profile of our Featured CNFT.
Have a nice read!

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK:
CNFTs on Time Square: After the community led SpaceBudz screening on the NASDAQ giga screen in Time Square, it was time for Clay Mates to join the party and flex their art on there. This is a follow-up to the failed London Double-Deckers takeover
The Clay Mates on Time Square.
The Clay Mates on Time Square.
SundaeSwap Testnet: This week has been a special one for Cardano in general. Yes it might not be very CNFT related, but the launch of the SundaeSwap Testnet has proven how strong are the products built on Cardano. You can still play around with the Testnet up to now, just make sure your NAMI Wallet is on Testnet, not Mainnet: https://testnet.sundaeswap.finance/#/
History made by Budja.io: A Historical event took place last weekend when Patrick Tobler and team presented the Budja.io project and announced there will be 4 physical Andy Warhol art pieces (shown below) as fractionalized NFTs for sale on Cardano! Each piece will be fractionalized to 1000 pieces, with each of the NFTs representing 1/1000 ownership of the physical art piece. You can still buy here:
Joseph Beuys - T-Shirt, ca. 1980
Joseph Beuys - T-Shirt, ca. 1980
Art T-Shirt - black, 1980
Art T-Shirt - black, 1980
Campbell's Soup, 1982
Campbell's Soup, 1982
Volkswagen, 1977
Volkswagen, 1977
CNFT HISTORY:
Blizzeffect is the creator of one of the first if not first 3D Model CNFTs, a 3D Model CNFT is an NFT that is possible to interact with as well as incorporate into our surroundings and environment via Augmented Reality functionalities. Here is an example of an early Bilzzeffect piece, to enjoy the full experience open it on your smartphone and click on the icon in the bottom right corner : Blizzegg
Blizzeffect is also behind CNFT project : ADA Creatures  that also offers 3D Cardano NFTs. To get more insights about 3D Model NFTs, what goes behind creating them and more we have Blizzeffect as our guest for this week to answer some of our questions : 
1- When did you mint your first 3D Model CNFT ?
“My first animated 3D render for Cardano was made the 8th of April, it was Leaving Ethereum Net and minted 25 pieces of that one. But it was a .gif (I even tried to mint that one as video but we had no idea about the standards and for independent creators it was a lot of trial and error. But the real magic came later, with Blizzegg, I was already testing 3D model (glb or gltf files) NFTs and asked some help to Smaug for trying them to have at least a basic animation, the final test that worked was on September 19.”
2-How did the idea for a 3D Model CNFT come ? 
“I like to take my time whenever something comes to my mind, and I had seen the minting process and standards growing and getting perfected, so, since I was working hard on learning about 3D, I thought maybe 3D files could also work on the same way, since they can be pinned and that can bring big utility to this scene. I understand the magic on almost every kind of projects, but I was really wanting to bring this additional dimension to the space.”
3- Was there support for 3D Model CNFTs at the time on pool.pm ? 
“There was 3D support thanks to Smaug, he already worked on that and he even helped me minting my first 3D models, but later I came to him asking about animations and it was such an experience since he really knows what he is doing and we found the way to make the animations work in there.”
Blizzegg [69]
Blizzegg [69]
4- What is the process behind creating such a CNFT ?
“Most people don’t even notice how hard this can be, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience in 3D. This is because when you 3D model something you need to think on how the lights are gonna impact your pieces, you can’t use the same kind of materials/textures you would use for an animated video or something because the pre-visualisers can’t support that and its not because the creators of those visualisers are not wanting to, but cause most of the computers would not be able to handle that stuff easily, it’s similar to creating assets for video games and combine that with getting the proper metadata for whatever you plan to do.”
5- How was the CNFT community’s response to your pieces ? 
“CNFT community has always been amazing with me, when I showed the first piece I was super happy to see some people were as happy and interested on this as I was, the only hard thing is that sometimes you can take even weeks to perfect something and if people don’t understand what’s really behind that you can have some hard moments so I consider 3D projects on CNFTs are pretty similar to what Cardano is to the blockchain, a lot of information is missing so people sometimes don’t see the real art behind it.”
Leaving Ethereum Net
Leaving Ethereum Net
6- What is coming next ? 
“I’m looking for video games, more charity sales and more utilities, but at first I’m looking for people to understand that my art is more related to how I live and how I share this experience. I love play to earn games, I love collections, I love everything on this scene, but I’m a responsible gambler and a father of a family, so I really want to always bring the most I can to this world with my 3D creatures, games and conceptual art trying to keep the FOMO low and to live this on a decent rhythm with my community, I don’t want my 3D creatures to die with the first game, I would love to use them in the future for multiple experiences, but thats only possible with the support of people trusting the projects.”
Links to Blizzeffect socials : Twitter, Discord
TOOL OF THE WEEK : CNFT GALLERIES
Gallery tools are websites that give the ability to their users to display their art through immersive 3D showcases, they could be used for showcasing purposes or as a way to attract potential buyers through a different and immersive art gallery like experience. The following tools that we will be presenting for this week’s piece are websites that CNFT holders can use to display their assets as well as present them to fellow CNFT collectors that could potentially be interested in acquiring them :  
KUNSTMATRIX:
Kunstmatrix is a tool that enables you to create 3D showcases of your art thus CNFTs to present to fellow NFT aficionados and collectors. You can manage your art and display it as you wish, it is also possible to add information to each piece you choose to present like the name of the CNFT, its attributes, the supply of its collection as well as its availability on the market meaning if it is for sale or not, in the case of you being open to sell your CNFT a request box is available for potential buyers as a way for them to contact you about a specific piece. An augmented reality application is also available with which you can display your beloved CNFTs wherever and whenever you want.
Here is an example of a CNFT Gallery on Kunstmatrix : CNFTs Gallery
CNFT Gallery on Kunstmatrix
CNFT Gallery on Kunstmatrix
muse.place :
Muse is a virtual gallery that gained a lot of traction lately among the CNFT community, collectors and projects use Muse to display their art as well as put them up for sale, while visitors enjoy a cool experience strolling around the gallery. To get to know more about the project we contacted the Muse team to answer some of our questions : 
1- First of all what can creators do with Muse ?
“Muse allows anyone to build a 3D website that feels like an immersive virtual world. Creators can start using Muse to replace traditional static websites with virtual worlds. These virtual worlds can represent anything from personal sites, resumes, clothing stores, music videos, and of course NFT galleries. We actually raised our entire seed round without a pitch deck and instead used a Muse site, https://muse.place/yc.”
2- What is the team behind the project ? 
“The team is composed of 4 young adults, Alex(CTO), Ben(CEO), Veltson(Head of Business Development), and Steven (Head of 3D and Templates). The founders are Alex and Ben. They have been building websites and companies together over the last 6 years since meeting Sophomore year of high school through the robotics team. Alex and Ben started Muse because they were tired of building the same boring static website over and over again for their freelance web dev agency which they used to bootstrap other business projects. Steven and Veltson joined a year ago just when were getting started when they met Alex at college. Steven has an art degree from UCSB and the rest of us are CS major drop outs. One thing that makes our team special is that we are all technical and every week we continue to contribute to the projects repository. ”
3- How easy is it to setup a virtual gallery on Muse ?
“All you need to do is to signup, select a template, and click spacebar to start building! Overall, it is a pretty easy experience to get started. You don’t need to know how to code or any 3D modeling experience. Once you get comfortable using WASD to walk around and using the trackpad/mouse to start building it is really easy. Some say it feels like Minecraft. When you create your world, be sure to change the url which is found on the home page, http://muse.place, before anyone else claims it! One of the hardest things for people to do is to rotate 90 degrees on an axis. We have made that easier by adding a shortcut that will do it for you. It is difficult to align things to be pixel perfect right now but we are working on that. If you run into any trouble, simply click the help button and you can call us, watch our youtube tutorial, our join our discord. ”
Muse.place Sample Entrance
Muse.place Sample Entrance
4- What can we integrate on Muse sites ?
“We don’t have many native integrations right now as we are still heads down improving the builder tools to truly be easy for everyone to use. We are working on building deeper integrations with a lot of the “hacks” we are recommending our creators to use. Some popular hacky integrations besides NFT Maker Pro are Ready Player Me for avatar creation and CG Trader to source 3D models for your world. You can see how NFT Maker Pro was used in https://muse.place/ganbot. ”
5- What are your long term plans ?
“Muse is all about transforming how we fundamentally view and use websites especially when it comes to commerce for both physical and digital goods, starting with replacing landing pages and soon we will move on to the home page, the shopping page and more. Down the line we will build deeper features to unlock true social commerce. Muse is positioned to become the Shopify of the 3D internet. A website should not be a static page where you slap some text and a picture to explain and share an idea, product, or service. It should be your digital home and identity, a space for you to hang out, shop, and play with your friends. Most importantly, using and building websites should be fun, not boring. And boring is the reality we live in today.”
Link to the Muse.place website : https://www.muse.place/
Link to Muse Twitter : https://twitter.com/musehq_
FEATURED NFT OF THE WEEK: LUCID DREAM
This week’s Star is a project that goes against the current, they’re preaching time offs and a focus on Mental Health in contradiction with the FOMO focused culture of the NFT Space.
This week we’re highlighting Lucid Dream, NFT Project built around Mental Health awareness, more specifically digital addictions. The Lucid Dream. Each one of their NFT drops are based on a digital addiction and split to two phases : Addicted and Tamed.
  • Addicted : A Series of NFTs that depict our daily habits when interacting with our addiction, unaware of our toxic actions.
  • Tamed : A Series of NFTs that remind us that small habits can help us overcome such toxic behaviors.
Currently they’re in the Addicted Phase of the Smartphones digital addiction. Their Addicted phase has 4 NFT Collections, each with a different artwork, all focusing on pushing us to accept that we’re all addicted to those screens.
Their 1st Drop had 1000 Unique NFTs, which happened on November 6th 2021 and named Addiction to Attention. The 2nd Drop is happening this Saturday 11th December at 7 PM UTC, and is called Addiction to Validation, with a focus on the lack of Self-Love and Self-Worth we see often in Social Media. The main art is simple, yet with smart attributes as you can see below:
Addiction to Validation by Lucid Dream
Addiction to Validation by Lucid Dream
The team is composed of three main team members: Ismail, Hamza and Omar who seem to be complementing each other from what the Team Page explains. They recently also shared the main artists they work with on their Discord server and a new Blockchain engineer who joined the team.
Lucid Dream, is an ambitious project who want to break the image of the PFP NFT while pushing a message and a story with each drop & NFT, as they got famous for their stories shared on Twitter, by sharing the story they imagined behind each one of their NFTs and what led them to their addiction. Like the NFT below who became addicted to sharing fake shopping bags in hotel rooms because he always feels insecure.
Lucid Dream - Addicted to Validation
Lucid Dream - Addicted to Validation
Seems like they’re only getting started with their Digital Addictions Awareness journey, and you can join it Saturday 11th December for their drop at 7 PM UTC with a price of 45 ADA a piece.
For more information and to get in touch with the team:
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