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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Horror Realm wrap-up

I promised pictures of some of the bracelets I sold at Horror Realm, so:

This is a Japanese 6-in-1 bracelet. The rings aren't in the right proportion to each other to achieve the correct effect, but I like the way it came out anyway.

Here are three Celtic 2-in-1 bracelets with silicon o-rings in place of some of the metal links.

But, now on to more interesting things, like all the other people I met and other cool things I saw at the con.

I already mentioned Morose & Macabre's House of Oddities and I bought another necklace from them I'd love to show you, but the photos just don't do it justice.  Here's a link to a similar piece they are selling in their shop.  CLICK HERE  And as cool as this one is, mine's cooler.

You can feed your zombies-and-government-conspiracy novel craving by visiting www.ericlowther.blogspot.com and then feed your locally-produced-zombie novel cravings at www.libraryofthelivingdead.com (You can also purchase fine locally-written zombie fiction at Eljay's Books)

For those of you who like your social network conversant in gore, check out www.fiendster.net, the social network for horror fans. (And since the man who gave me this info is one half of the notorious Bastards of Horror along with movie critic Tim Gross, I have to assume it's where the cool kids are.)

If you want to see some great chain mail, visit www.mygoodbabushka.etsy.com 

And on top of the people I met and exchanged cards with, there were tons of other wonderful people I want to thank for being at the show and being lots of fun.

I also have some pretty exciting news, involving www.zombiesandtoys.com. I will be selling my work through their vendors at horror conventions all over the country, thanks to Jason (the owner) who curates an exceptional collection of zombie toys and collector's pieces. It's an honor to be sold along side all this cool stuff.

As always, thanks for reading. I'll be making zombunnies non-stop for the next few weeks, but after that I have some ideas to expand the zombunny line, along with some new (and possibly emotionally-scarring) bunny horrors for you to check out. There may also be something else cute, who knows? Sometimes, cute just happens.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Horror Realm 2011 quite simply, kicks ass.

I may be calling this a bit early as it's only the first night of the show, but so far Horror Realm is fantastic. I have worked at a bookseller at a lot of conferences and conventions, and the whole reason I decided to sell at Horror Realm this year was because of the good experiences I had in the past.  My past experiences did not prepare me for how much fun it would be when I was selling my own work.

The vendor's room is full, but well organized. I fought to keep myself from shopping, but still ended up with these two amazing pieces from Morose & Macabre's House of Oddities.

If I had the cash, I'd probably just have bought out the table, the work is exquisite and the designer and vendors are just delightful, which is why I ended up with two things instead of the none I had originally planned on.

The crowd was in a buying mood and I did better than I expected, not to mention chatting with lots of people who asked me about my work. Horror fans are absolutely one of the best groups of people I have the pleasure of working with (and it helps that I'm one of them, but they are really a friendly, interesting bunch in general) The quality of the art I got to see was excellent and I'll be posting links to my favorite work in the next few days (like the guy who made very nice chain mail jewelry, purses and juggling balls which were absolutely genius.)

I've been up since 9am getting ready for this weekend so I'll have to stop here, but if you are in Pittsburgh I want you to know that making a stop at the Horror Realm Con is well worth it. (And the entry fee is definitely within reach for even the poorest of horror fans)

Horror Realm (www.horrorrealmcon.com) continues through Sunday, with vendors, screening rooms, a reunion of cast members from the Living Dead movies (and other horror films), horror artists and even a raffle to win lunch with Tom Savini (who is a really nice guy and probably a fantastic lunch companion).  Tickets are available at the door.

Friday, September 2, 2011

And Now For Something Completely Different...

A few of my friends have chain mail bracelets with o-rings in place of some of the links. The o-rings look good with the metal, but also make a stretchy bracelet that doesn't require a clasp. When I saw the rings and pre-cut links at the craft store I decided to pick up a bracelet's worth. When I got them home, Steve suggested I learn to assemble the bracelet myself (I had planned to turn the links over to him and bat my eyes)
On the right are aluminium rings, on the left are silicon o-rings.
It turns out that making chain mail jewelry is completely addictive. Working with the silicon rings really makes the work easier and faster, and allows a first time mailer to fudge things a little bit.  I don't usually get very attached to the things I make but I am fighting to keep every one of the 15 bracelets I made yesterday. I did mention that making these things is addictive right?
European 4-in-1 bracelet

So here is the first bracelet that I made, and as soon as I have a chance to snap photos I will post the 15 bracelets I made yesterday.  I'll be selling them at Horror Realm September 16th-18th, but after that I will post a few on the page for sale, and custom bracelets will be a snap to whip up.

Thanks, as always, for reading.