Saturday, March 8, 2014

Tea and Revolution: an Informal Evening with Margaret Killjoy

Tuesday March 18th at 6:00
Margaret Killjoy, aka Magpie, is an itinerant author and editor.

He is the author of two books: 

A Country of Ghosts, is set in an alternate nineteenth-century-like world. The protagonist is a journalist covering an empire's war upon a peaceful egalitarian society. The empire is after coal and iron, the people they're attacking are defending a utopian way of life.

What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower is a steampunk "choose your own adventure" type book for adults. In it, an impoverished English dandy in Paris discovers an underworld of goblins and their gnome oppressors. What he does about this is for you to decide.

Join Magpie on the Greyshade Estate, an urban homestead in East San Diego. We’ll have a potluck, vegan/vegetarian dishes encouraged, and gather in the living room, or the fire pit in the yard depending, for a chat with the hardest working “bearded lady” in the intersection anarchism and speculative fiction. RSVP to for directions.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The 2012 Steampunk @ Comic Con Party

Being for the Benefit of the San Diego Automotive Museum
Chrononaut Presents
The 2nd League of Temporal Adventurers Society Gala

On the auspicious date of Friday July 13th from eight in the evening until midnight.
The evening features the extraordinary Victorian synthpunk of
Unextraordinary Gentlemen,
and sad (but beautiful!) songs played on a toy piano, sung by
Miss Eliza Rickman.
Professor J. S. Greyshade
will return to the stage and gramophone as MC and DJ.

Inclusive of ones ticket are admission to Steampunk the Exhibit, the museum’s exceptional display of conveyances, gadgets and gizmos, delectable light fare and non-intoxicating beverages. For those wishing to imbibe, exceptional ales and the finest wines known to humanity will be available for purchase.

All ages – Friday, July 13th, 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
San Diego Automotive Museum, 2080 Pan America Plaza, Balboa Park
$15 in advance/$20 at the door - tickets available at

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Steampunk Image Transfers

I recently taught a class in making image transfers at Gaslight Gathering. For those that couldn't make it, here's the basic instructions. As with all crafts, feel free to experiment with the technique. 

Quick and Easy Image Transfers
Supplies needed:

1) Omni Gel Transfer Medium (available at Michaels)

2) An image, sized to your project, photocopy or laser print

Step 1: Choose an image and size it to slightly smaller than your project. Print it on a laser printer or make a copy of your inkjet print. Inkjet prints can work, but also can run. Experiment with your printer or get a copy made.

Step 2: You will need to brush on 3 coats of the Omni gel. Brush the first coat in a horizontal direction, let dry completely. Brush the second coat in a vertical direction, let dry completely. Brush the 3rd coat in a diagonal direction, and again let dry completely.

Step 3: Cut image to the size of your project and then soak in a bowl of water for 10.While paper is still wet, rub the paper backing with your fingers in a circular motion to remove all of the paper leaving just the gel transfer behind. Concentrate on the center of your design, working towards the outside. Rinse the transfer in water occasionally to remove the extra paper. Try to remove as much paper as possible so no haze will show through.

Step 4: When the paper is completely removed, you’re left with a vinyl piece with the image trapped inside.vAt this point you can trim this up with scissors if you have ragged edges.

Step 5: Use more of the Omni Gel as glue to adhere the transfer. Spread a light coat on your project and press the transfer down and smooth out to get rid of any air bubbles. Press gently from the center to the sides to work out any air bubbles. Try not to stretch the image while working the bubbles out. Some very small ones won’t be a problem, but be sure to get rid of larger ones.

You can use this technique on tile, ceramics, glass and other hard surfaces. Once completely dried, in a day or two, the image should be completely clear and hard wearing.