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Skepchick Auctions: Handmade Leather Plague Doctor Mask & More

This week’s donated items to raise money for SkepchickCon 2014 are from Mad Art Lab‘s Ryan Consell. Neither Ryan nor Skepchick profits from these auctions. All proceeds go toward supplies and rental costs for science, skepticism, and art activities, workshops, and panels as well as travel costs for bringing out the experts to CONvergence, a sci-fi/fantasy conference held in Minneapolis every year. SkepchickCon is the science and skepticism track.

Ryan has donated three beautiful handmade leather items:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA plague doctor mask, with flame etching: Add a bit of flare to your medieval medic. Based on the historical masks of the plague doctors, but with a bit of modern styling including etched flame patterns and acrylic lenses. This all leather mask is perfect for any masquerades, weddings, business meetings and all formal occasions in which contracting the plague is a concern.Brown Celtthulu.crop

Celtthulu bracers: Celebrate your Celtic heritage and show devotion to your elder god all while protecting yourself from ninjas with these fashionable and durable etched leather bracers. Hand made from heavy, 9oz leather. Fits wrists from 6.5″ to 8.5″.

Celtthulu cuff: This leather cuff is elegant, durable and may whisper words of madness of the dark tongue into your dreams. A perfect Christmas or Valentines gift. Handmade in leather, fits wrists from 6.5″ to 8″.Celtthulu Cuff.crop

Thank you, Ryan, and thanks to all who have supported SkepchickCon in the past. If you’d like to donate instead of purchase something, please Paypal to skepchick [at] Every penny helps us reach more and more people with science and skepticism education.

What is SkepchickCON? 
The science and skepticism track at CONvergence, an annual sci-fi fantasy conference held around July 4th weekend in the Minneapolis area. This year, the con is running Thursday, July 3, through Sunday, July 6. The theme is Midsummer Night’s Dream (think more urban fantasy than Shakespeare).

We are working on a 2014 site, but for more info about what SkepchickCon is, please visit last year’s site for the basics.

Interested in volunteering?
If you’ll be in the Twin Cities, MN, area July 3-6, and you’re interested in volunteering, please contact me at skepchickevents [at] We need videographers, photographers, general AV people, track room volunteers, volunteers to help with panels and full-hour activities, transportation help, and more! We also still need help with video transcription for our 2013 videos and will need the same for 2014.

Melanie Mallon

Melanie is a freelance editor and writer living in a small town outside Minneapolis with her husband, two kids, dog, and two cats. When not making fun of bad charts or running the Uncensorship Project, she spends her time wrangling commas, making colon jokes, and putting out random dumpster fires. You can find her on Twitter as @MelMall, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

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