Category Archives: Reader Created Wonders

Trilobite Gingerbread Molds, Old and New

tiff_trilomoldHere’s a lovely thing our friend Tiff made for us…he even sent us the cookies! (Yum.)

When Phil and I traveled in and around Germany, many years ago, we discovered that towns in that part of the World often have their own specialty gingerbread, in traditional shapes. This was delightful, and clearly inspirational– readers of Girl Genius will know that Agatha’s city of Mechanicsburg is known for its gingerbread cookies shaped like trilobites. I await the day when we have the capital to manufacture specialty gingerbread molds to own designs.

In the meantime, I have become fond of the molds for sale from House on the Hill. Lovely work, but no trilos. I also found this gem (with picture) online many years ago, and have kept it carefully tucked away since:

“The Museum of Bohemian Karst in the town of Beroun southwest of Prague (Barrandian area, Czech Republic) possesses in its ethnographical collections two gingerbread molds in the form of trilobites…These two wooden trilobite gingerbread molds are true rarities. They exemplify the deep-rooted tradition of trilobite collecting in the Barrandian area — a tradition here seen to extend into everyday objects in the life of the local people.”  —-Irena Jancarikova & Ivo Chlupac
 Charles University, Prague


Jančaříková I., Chlupáč I. (1993): Trilobites as gingerbread molds. The Trilobite Papers 5, 23–24.

Of course, if you don’t like messing with cookie molds, there’s always George Hart’s ever popular method, where the trilos are made with a cookie press and chocolate. People used to send me links to this page at the rate of about one a week, back in the day! Wonderful!

The Steampunk Symposium in Seattle…and GG Cosplay Contest

Girl Genius Cosplay at the London WorldCon!

Girl Genius Cosplay at the London WorldCon!

Our beloved SteamCon is dead, more’s the pity…especially since Phil and I were finally going to get to be guests this year. Oh, well.

Taking its place is the Seattle Steamposium. The folks putting it on also do Steampunk conventions in Sacramento and Long Beach–and I believe they’re also the people responsible for the fantastic time I had on the Queen Mary a year or so back. At any rate...

The Seattle Steamposium is September 26-28. It’s coming up soon. Phil and I will be in the Vendor’s hall, as usual, and I hope we’ll see a lot of you there. The main reason I’m posting, though, is that the costume contest has a “Girl Genius Cosplay” category. I’m kind of hoping someone will actually enter in this category…this could be kind of embarrassing, otherwise. By the way, the category is there not because we asked for it, but because the lovely people putting on the convention thought it might be fun. In other words, they did it on their own. Excuse me while I squee a bit…


Okay. I’m good.

So, if you’re in Seattle, and heading for the Steamposium, please consider entering the Costume Contest! In your Girl Genius gear! Yes! We’ll be giving out some lovely prizes, and I’m even going to try to have new badge ribbons for the con, assuming I can get them in time.