Nathan’s Birthday: Zelda Fire

Back in May, Nathan tweeted THIS LINK and said he wanted one of these:


It is a fake fireplace to cozy up an apartment.

Specifically, in the fireplace is the old school 8 bit Zelda fire.

Yes, 8 bit. Old school. Original.

(I had to google “Zelda” to find out it was a video game.)

The one he linked to is a portrait, available for $100.

A few days later, thanks to Nathan’s viral marketing, it went up to $150.

We’re not going to play this game, I decided.

So I decided to make my own.

It being an old 8 bit graphic meant that it would be easy to carve out of an actual graph. So I got some foam, and measured out the size I wanted:


Then I cut out the actual shape, taken from a graphic I found by googling “Zelda fire”. The best one I found actually was animated, so I took a picture of the animated one and used that to count the squares.

Once I had the shape, I covered it in paper mâché:


Then I let that dry for several days to harden up really well before I messed with it anymore:


Once it was dry, we began to paint:


Jess painted, too:


And I painted and painted:


And so did Jess:


Then we had to let it dry another day before we could do the final white:


A final coat of white, and it was finished!


I did go ahead and paint the back red, just to really finish it off:


It took three weeks to make.

But it turned out pretty cool, so I tried it out, the official 8 bit Zelda’s fireplace!


“Why?”, my mom asked.

“Because I am a cool girlfriend,” I said.

She rolled her eyes and laughed at me.

That was before he asked me to marry him.

It was also before the package was lost in the mail, two weeks late, and maybe disappeared forever.

But forever is a long time, and exactly what we have.

Happy (un)Birthday, Nathan.

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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Nathan’s Birthday: Zelda Fire — 1 Comment

  1. Holy cool, that’s amazing. That’s one of the most awesome things I’ve seen, and you did it all for me! Wow. I wish there was some way I could get the post office to track it down, but I feel very loved, so at least that part arrived safely.