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4Jun/16Off

Welcome back!

Hello all,

I realize that I have not updated here in a long time. After giving some beverage candles to some folks as a thank you, I've been making more of them again, and I have improved upon my process as well.

For those of you who may be first time visitors, I make artistic candles and candles which resemble popular beverages and even food (if you consider gelatin dessert food, as I do). These are gel candles, which burn much longer than regular candles. I started making these as gifts for friends, but now I travel to conventions at times and have done commissions for folks across the country.

Here are a few of the recent beverage candles I've worked on:

Light, Red and Brown

Light, Red and Brown

This photo was taken just before the final step- trimming the wick. Each style has a different scent. The light one has french vanilla, the red has cinnamon and the brown has a lovely "woodsy floral" scent.

And here are a few highlights from the past:

Coffee

Coffee

A large mug.

A large mug.

Frothy.

Frothy.

On the Rocks

On the Rocks

May I interest you in a glass of wine?

Red wine

I'm going to be doing some more batches of beverage candles in the near future, and a few with embedded sculpture.

As always, if anyone has anything they would like me to craft, I love new ideas and commissions.

Thank you very much for stopping by!

John

16Oct/12Off

NYCC 2012 the Return

Hello folks,

I have returned from New York Comic Con 2012, and it was a crazy weekend. The floor was packed wall to wall with attendees and exhibitors. It was a miracle we made it out of there unscathed.

It was a good time and there were a great many awesome people to meet and hang out with, both among attendees and fellow exhibitors and artists alike.

The website here, as I'm sure you can tell, is rather... stale.

I am looking to get it into a better gallery format and to improve the store, as well as get the candles themselves on there.

In the meantime, here are a few photos of what I've been working on.

Have a good day,

John

19Jun/121

The Return From TooManyGames 2012

Hello all,

I returned from TooManyGames on Sunday, and it was a great deal of fun. I met a lot of good people, and many of them even bought candles. It was fun, and I look to return next year as well. Everyone at that convention is pretty darn nice.

Now I'm looking to the future, where I will attend Otakon and participate in the Artist's Alley Auction if I'm lucky. And if I'm even luckier, I will attend New York Comic-Con again and sell in their Artist's Alley.

I'm still a little beat from the mad production rush before the convention, and the drive home, so I'm going to keep this a little bit short.

I just want to thank everyone out there for their support.

John

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9Jan/124

The Return from Magfest 2012

Hello all, greetings from the end of Magfest 2012.

I had a lot of fun meeting people, and showing off some of the work I've done recently. I am thinking of doing more conventions in the future, this year; being at Magfest was a bit of a last minute fluke, truth be told. I am preparing some new ideas and some old favorites to get ready for the next big convention push.

To those of you I met, or who purchased candles, it was a pleasure meeting you, and thank you very much. It means a lot to me that you liked my art. For those of you who could not make it, please feel free to send me an e-mail with any requests or commissions you may have. If you see something that you would like, or have an idea of your own, please let me know and I can see about getting it done for you. Please send me an e-mail at: E-mail address.

There were a few pieces that I've made lately that I have not posted here, including a commission of a waterfall that I did for a fine fellow from Texas. The camera had some trouble seeing around the bubbles, but it was rather large, and easy to see in person.

As I get some new creations done, I will post them here. I am also looking to finish setting up the store this week.

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17Oct/111

First Convention: Survived!

Hello all, John here, as always.

The New York Comic Con / Anime Festival 2011 is over. And what a convention it was. Despite having visited conventions for years, I had no idea how much effort went into the production of such an event, especially for the artists. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it to see so many people. I really enjoyed meeting all the folks who were just wandering around, looking at the booths, and I especially enjoyed meeting those of you who were able to make your way there to see me specifically.

I am surprised at how smoothly the convention went; there was a lot of work, but all of the staff and attendees were incredibly kind, patient and wonderful. Especially those who stopped by the booth to see myself and my friend, with whom the booth was shared.

My thanks also go out to "John Rambo" and "Dark Syde Phil" for helping spread the word, and for visiting us, and to some of my friends who stopped by to keep us company and let us take trips to fulfill other necessary functions. And extra special thanks to those who helped us take down the booth at the end of the day on Sunday, and helped us load the car.

I met a variety of artists at the convention, and they were not only friendly, but very talented. I'll see if I can get their permission to link their art here.

As you can probably expect, I have not been able to work on any new candles since the convention, but I got some really good ideas. For that, I also thank you all.

I will be signing off for now, but I will get some more candles into production for the weekend.

I am also working on getting the store itself set up.

Have a good night,

John

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12Oct/114

The Convention Is Nigh!

Greetings!

I've been preparing a lot for the upcoming NYCC / NYAF, but I've taken a brief pause in my exertions to say hello and to answer a few questions.

Where will your booth be?

  • I am sharing a booth with a friend of mine from the Global Manga Initiative. He has built a rather imposing frame, which will certainly stand out. Look for a navy blue frame against the right-hand wall as you walk into the main entrance to Artists' Alley. If he has built it the way I am thinking, it will be near impossible to miss.

Will you be taking commissions or custom orders?

  • I would indeed like to take commissions. I have not yet worked out the logistics of doing so. I will update soon when I have that worked out. I will likely take e-mail addresses and desired designs at the convention this weekend, but not too many: I can only do so much at once!

Will candles be available on the site?

  • Yes. When this weekend's convention is over, I will list my remaining stock and new candles here. The format of this page will likely change to accommodate this. Stay tuned!

Will there be special candles at the convention?

  • Yes. There will be candles that I am selling in person that will not be available on the site. Do not worry, I will still have plenty here. And if you don't see something you would like, suggest it!

Also, here are a few of the candles that I just finished and will be bringing to the convention. I have some floral, fishy and faerie arrangements this time around. This will likely be my last post before the convention, but keep an eye out then and later. Have a good night!

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29Sep/113

So, what exactly is going on here, anyway?

John here, and I think it is about time I actually post what this site is about.

I have tried my hand at several different kinds of arts and crafts, usually for birthday or holiday gifts, or sometimes just as a thank you. I think that it is fair to say that some gifts have gone over better than others. What struck me, though, was one year I decided to make something for each of my local friends and family, and this time they may have actually genuinely liked it.

I had been in the grocery store where I saw a book on candle-making. It was in the bargain bin, languishing amongst seasonal items and half open boxes. I picked it up, saw that it was less than ten dollars, tossed it in my shopping basket and moved on.

I got home, and immediately began reading through the book. There were a lot of ideas, and it was for some type of candle that I had not seen before. Intrigued, I began to experiment. This is the result of those experiments. From humble beginnings in a grocery store basket, this idea is now on a humble web site on the internet.

For the past few months, I have been strenuously working, trying new ideas, attempting to perfect old ones, and thankfully having a good time with it. And I am about ready to unveil my little project. This has been a labor of love, and a wonderful experience for me. Are the results terribly grand? Well, I will let the cold words of the anonymous internet answer that one, but I have enjoyed myself immensely.

Through this site and this blog, I will be posting pictures of some of what I have made over the last few months. This small series of posts will culminate in me holding a booth in this year's New York Comic-Con / New York Anime Festival's Artist Alley. Naturally, I will not be unveiling my favorite creations until then, but I hope that you like what you see. If you do, or if you don't, please tell me. I am eager to hear from you.

I will start off with a rather simple design that I enjoy.

Thank you all very much for reading, and please check back soon to see what is new!

John

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11Sep/111

Greetings.

Welcome to geekfiregifts.com. We are happy to meet you.

My name is John, and I am the creator of Geek Fire Gifts and all that you will find here.

At the moment however, "all that you will find here" is not much, I am afraid. All this is going to change. Slowly at first, but hopefully with increasing speed, this site will be filled with content.

And what sort of content? Well, that yet remains to be seen.

Check back here and you will find out. I will be posting teasers, information, and news about the Geek Fire Gifts project.

I hate to hold you in suspense, but all will be made clear.

John

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