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11  Re: Superhero/Comics Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by redidin on: August 23, 2008 08:35:32 PM
Dude! the_jenya and I came home from our first day of tabling at the Portland Zine Symposium, and there was a package waiting from coldbrains4! Because I am a big dork, my immediate response was to put EVERYTHING ON AT ONCE, which Jen documented:

It's not clear in the pic, but what I'm holding in my hand IS THE COOLEST OBJECT PRETTY MUCH EVER: a hand-felted Jack Knight doll!!! I will post detail photos of him later, because he is seriously BRILLIANT. I mean, eensy-teey embroidered crackerjack-box sheriff's star on his jacket, little goggles, clothing-not-attached, hand-threaded hair BRILLIANT. So, so, so good.

What you can't see clearly in the first photo is the two star-shaped buttons on the shoulders of the t-shirt, which hold on the cape!!!!!! Coldbrains also wrote a letter explaining that the shirt 'n cape, net gauntlets, and domino mask are a superhero costume!!

That is all for now, because I need to go get ready for karaoke adventures. But WOW!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!
*hugs teeny Jack Knight again*
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12  Re: Feminists are Awesome Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by redidin on: April 08, 2008 10:52:41 PM
I was feeling crummy today and ended up leaving work early. Lucky, as it turned out, because when I got home, I found a marvelous package from thejenya!

An awesome drawing of SuperGrrrl, my riot grrrl zinester superhero:

Knitting needles with caps, basic knitting instructions, and beautiful yarn (the photo really doesn't do it justice, especially the purple, which is gorgeous):

A cozy calorimetry (new word! yay!) "to keep in body heat and smarts":

A bangle decoupaged with pictures of both of our favorite female superheroes and villains (sorry 'bout the glare in the photos):

A Yorkie bar--which I was excited to discover, despite its label and my crazy food allergies, is safe for me to eat!!

And finally, what looked like a plain black journal (wrapped in the cool fabric it's sitting on)...

...but turned out to be a beautiful, hand-painted feminist workbook and journal! I wish I could post every page of this, but there are just too many, so here are a handful of highlights:

And the best swap gift of all is that I feel like I've found a long-lost sister--we seem to think that much alike! *glows*
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13  Machinist at the Masquerade - Recycled Hardware Choker in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by redidin on: March 10, 2008 01:20:02 PM
Holding her mask with one hand, she fingered the makeshift jewels that sat at the hollow of her throat. In the dim light of the great hall, copper and brass glowed like the finest gold.

This is a choker-style necklace made of antique brass hardware and copper wire, with a single garnet bead. I'm really happy with both the design and the finished piece.

(sorry about the low quality of the images--I really need to get a digital camera with a macro function!)

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14  Green Miscellany in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by redidin on: November 14, 2007 11:38:38 AM
This was a wedding gift for a good friend, and the first stained glass piece I'd done in about two years. It's also one of the only improvised pieces I've ever done (although I always make my own patterns from scratch).

The photo is horrid (the colors are completely different, and there's awful glare, so you're getting more of a vague idea of the finished piece than the thing itself), but I'm not sure how to get a better one - any tips on photographing glasswork?

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15  reversible picture frame pendants (img heavy) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by redidin on: August 31, 2007 03:25:22 PM
I made these for the Girl-Wonder.org benefit auction. They're magazine / catalog cut-outs (and in some cases original art) between microscope slides, which I then cut, taped, and soldered. The pendant loops are silver-plated copper.

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