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A candle collection inspired by the American democracy. Created to stir action, thought and debate, and still stimulate the senses.

The Story

Hello, my name is Aaysha and I am the founder of Wick+Wax, a candle design company based in New York City. I began years ago, with some basic candles; today, I create my own unique designs and fragrances. All of Wick+Wax candles are designed, hand poured and sculpted in NYC, using ingredients made in the United States. 

The basic philosophy of Wick+Wax is to re-imagine the candle as an accessible work of art, rather than just a means of lighting.  

Some of my previous work
Some of my previous work

I adhere to the highest quality standards, and try to keep the entire design process both sustainable and efficient. My candles are made with pure wax that is neither pre-dyed nor pre-scented. The wicks are always lead-free. I also often use everyday objects and products for molds and containers. 

The Project:  ONE spark, ONE light, ONE candle can make a difference. 

In the midst of this election year, I designed a candle collection inspired by our great democracy. I want to motivate political action, thought and debate, and, of course, still stimulate the senses. The collection consists of the traditional symbols of each major party as a candle, both in the all-American red-white-and-blue and in the traditional color of the party. It also includes a flameless candle without any affiliation, made entirely from wax. The flameless candle uses small tea light candles and does not itself burn.  All of the candles in the collection are apple scented, since nothing is more American than apple pie.  

The Election Collection
The Election Collection

We are now raising funds on Kickstarter to bring this collection to life: get all the materials, make the candles and market them.  It will also enable us to continue creating great designs for you in the future. 

The Rewards

Any help counts, and we’ve created some awesome rewards for you.  One of the main rewards is the Election Collection itself, of course, in various combinations.  Everyone who gets one (or more!) of the candles will also receive Wick+Wax matchbooks, be placed on my Private List to get exclusive allocations of future collections before they are released to the public, and have their names added to the Kickstarter Commemoration Candle.  The Commemoration Candle will be a one-of-a-kind design included in the next collection with the names of the supporters inscribed on it!  I may even ask you to send me a picture of your signature to inscribe!  

Party Candles in Party Colors
Party Candles in Party Colors
Party Candles in Red, White and Blue
Party Candles in Red, White and Blue
Flameless All-Wax Vote Candle, tea light lit inside (and Wick+Wax Matchbook)
Flameless All-Wax Vote Candle, tea light lit inside (and Wick+Wax Matchbook)

We will also make some of our other designs available as rewards. And you can personalize a Flameless candle as well!  

R&R Candle:  Extra Large Three-Wick Pillar
R&R Candle: Extra Large Three-Wick Pillar

Designing candles can cause grey hair and loss of sleep!  But at times even failures lead to discoveries.  I was using yellow wax in an experimental flameless candle and orange wax in a multi-layered pillar.  Both didn't pan out, but a new beautiful "R&R" design was born!  I did add an original ingredient, by infusing organic mint leaves into the wax.  While the scent and overall shape will remain, each R&R candle will be a unique blend of colors.  

Pumpkin Orange Buddhas, Soy Wax
Pumpkin Orange Buddhas, Soy Wax
Example of a Personalized Flameless All-Wax Candle
Example of a Personalized Flameless All-Wax Candle

And for our biggest supporters...  help me design a candle:  I'll include your ideas in a candle for a future collection!  

All rewards include shipping to continental US.  Others please add $25 for R&R Candle (sorry, it's very heavy!), $10 per each other candle.  

Thank you!

Thank you sincerely for your support! I will keep all of you posted on my progress!

Aaysha

* Video background music: "Pulling Strings" (Lantzr) / CC BY-SA 3.0

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    All help counts! Thank you! You will get a shout-out on Wick+Wax Facebook page. **Shout-out=SO below.

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