Crafts: Fire! Fire! huh huh…

Fire! Fire!

Whether you’re dealing with a city ablaze or a forest fire, a hellhound or a troll, you’re going to be dealing with fire.  Regardless of whether the fire is static, or dancing across the battlefield, isn’t it about time it became more than just “the red marker”.

One of the first seasons of Encounters saw the players in a burning building.  I’m always looking to spruce up Encounters, so I quickly made four fires out of some fuzzy pipe cleaners.  I ran the session, the fires were a hit, and I forgot about them… until I needed them again, and again, and again.

I’ve revised the fires since my first batch.  I didn’t really do anything fancy here, it’s just sparkly pipe-cleaners (wires) glued to a penny, but there’s a little technique involved.

  1. Cut your red wire in half.
    1. Form the two halves into a +
  2. Cut your orange/gold wire in half.
    1. Bend them around each half of the +

Take a penny and press it really hard against the center of the wires, you’re trying to flatten it down.  Next, hold the center with your thumb, it’s going to be the bottom of the fire.  Bend the other wires randomly together, ignoring one on an end.  Don’t bend them together too much just yet.

Take the one on the end and wrap it tightly around the whole lot, close to your thumb, like you’re tying a shoe.  Now comes the “art” of it.  Bend the wires, weave them through each other, through the base, twist them, twirl them.  Make it look like fire.

For a final flare, take a small piece or two of yellow/silver wire and poke it from the top, through the base, into the bottom of the fire.  Bend the wire back up through the base and into the fire.

Lastly, just put a small bead of hot-glue on a penny and press your fire on tight.  Voila!

By the way, I made everything in this picture (I only painted the wizard).  I’ll tell you how sooner or later.


Thanks to everyone who commented on the Epic Game Board Giveaway.

The winner, as chosen by, and witnessed by my girlfriend, is…


I’ll do another giveaway at some point, stay tuned!


About j0nny_5

Mid-thirties and work a full-time job in beautiful northern Colorado. In my free time I play D&D, video games, and walk my two beautiful Bouvier des Flandres.
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5 Responses to Crafts: Fire! Fire! huh huh…

  1. Hi there! fantastic blog; I’m always impressed with the DMs that go all-out in terms of terrain and props and building creation. Being a DM myself, I’m unfortunately too lazy or too rushed in my prep to do all that stuff, I’m embarrassed to say… however I do like the fire with the red pipe cleaners, that’s easy and awesome. Totally within my reach for prep time. 😛

    But anyway, I’m here because I noticed that your blog has the same name as my webseries! Power to the Standard Action! ( We should totally hang out! Well, not literally, I mean… digitally… or something. Anyway, I’ll totally be back to check out more of your ideas. And I think you’d totally enjoy the series. (Shamleless plug.) 😛

    • j0nny_5 says:

      Sorry! You got lost in the spam filter. Anyway, thanks for reading! I totally threw my first fires together in minutes, to spruce up Encounters a little. Just a little effort went a long way!

      I briefly checked out your series while at work. Looks like something I’ll have to spend an afternoon at home with, good stuff!

  2. Aaron says:

    I may play star wars saga edition D&D but I am totally stealing this… all of this stuff is exactly what I have been looking for, even though I don’t DM/ GM I host the event at my house and I do all the terrain… you are a godsend…

    • Aaron says:

      EDIT: my GM and I do all the terrain when he is in town to help (we Skype the encounters)

    • j0nny_5 says:

      My goal with these posts is to give instruction on how to make your own props and terrain at home, cheap and easy. I don’t put these up here to say, “Look what I can do”. Thanks so much for giving these crafts a shot. They really enhance my games and I’m sure you’ll find your games improved as well. Thanks for reading!

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