About this project
What is PyroPet?
PyroPet is a new brand created by designer Thorunn Arnadottir and Dan Koval, product developer. PyroPet is a family of animal shaped candles that each reveal a surprise within as they burn. The first PyroPet product is a cute little cat called "Kisa". ("Kisa" means "kitty" in Icelandic).
As the sun begins to set and the shadows lengthen on the wall take a match and light the wick on Kisa. Settle into a cozy chair and relax. Watch as Kisa burns. Look at her shadow on the wall. A lazy warping profile of a kitten in the gathering evening darkness. But look closer. That is no kitten's profile. That is a skeleton's profile! Now look back at your candle. Your cute kitten's now melted skin has peeled back to reveal a menacing flame scorched skeleton. Its sharp teeth glinting in the candle light and fire filled eyes staring back at you unblinking and unamused.
How did the idea come about?
The idea came to Thorunn when she was thinking about the way people use candles:
"One day as I watched the chubby body of a jolly Santa Claus shaped candle slowly melt, deform, and perish into a sad pool of wax I wondered if I could elevate this common place ritual sacrifice into a true theatre of the macabre in wax."
She came up with the idea of embedding a metal skeleton within a cat shaped candle. A sinister form, lurking, biding its time, waiting to be revealed.
"Cats have always had a split personality. One minute purring contentedly the next hissing and temperamental. While they are cute and huggable they have a dark side associated with witchcraft and sorcery. Kisa was created to capture this duality. Kisa performs a slowly unfolding transformation from cute kitty to brooding skeleton."
(Photos by: Glamour Et Cetera.)
How is the candle produced?
We have developed a special production process to create the PyroPet products. This process involves cutting a shape out of aluminium sheet, folding it into a skeleton shape, and then inserting the skeleton into the mould used to shape the candle. Our approach is a synthesis of high-tech production and traditional handcraft.
Photos from prototype development:
The dimensions of a Kisa candle are: 6.7 x 2.9 x 4.5 inches (17 x 7.5 x 11.5 cm)
Each candle should have a burning time of approximately 20 hours.
Each candle is slightly different and will burn in it's own unique way. We recommend placing your candle on a plate with a minimum diameter of 10 inches (25cm) to contain the wax as it melts. One of our rewards also include a lovely glass jar that will safely contain the wax and help prolong the burning time of the candle.
Note: Images of the Kisa candles have been featured in various blogs and magazines where it was presented under the name of "The Devil's Pet".
What is the current stage of the project?
We are ready to start PyroPet production as soon as the Kickstarter campaign finishes. Production and delivery will take approximately 3 - 3.5 months. This is what happens during that time:
Week 1-4: Production of tools and packaging.
Week 5-8: Producing and packing the candles.
Week 9-11: Shipment to USA/Europe
Week 12-14: Dispatch rewards to our backers.
Why do we need money?
We have spent the past two years developing PyroPet production technology and finalising the first designs for the PyroPet family of products. What we need now are the funds for our first production run in a factory, industrial tooling, packaging, and marketing.
As a reward for supporting us you will receive Kisa at a special reduced Kickstarter price. In addition as a special thank you from us you will receive some nice extras and rewards.
FREE US SHIPPING WITH ALL REWARDS.
FOR Non-US customers: we will be shipping all orders from the UK, these orders will incur an extra shipping and VAT cost. Please see details by each reward here on the sidebar to the right.
“Purrr!” ---- $6
Awww... thanks! We will send you a PyroPet postcard with a personalised "thank you" note.
"EARLY BIRD" ---- $29
CATCH THEM WHILE YOU CAN! Catch a Kisa at almost cost price! Choose between a pink or grey Kisa + a PyroPet matchbox.
“PET MELT” ---- $29
Choose between a pink or grey Kisa at a special Kickstarter price + a PyroPet matchbox
“THE BEAST WITHIN” ---- $43
Choose between a pink or grey Kisa in a fitted sized glass jar + a PyroPet matchbox
"THE EVIL TWIN" ---- $52
Can't handle the thought of destroying the lovely Kisa, but still curious to see the skeleton? Then get both versions and burn one down while keeping the other intact. One pink Kisa and one grey Kisa + 2 PyroPet matchboxes + 1 postcard.
"THE EVIL TWIN WITHIN" ---- $80
Can't handle the thought of destroying the lovely Kisa, but still curious to see the skeleton? Then get both versions, in glass jars, you can melt one down while keeping the other intact. One pink Kisa and one grey Kisa each in a fitted sized glass jars + 2 PyroPet matchboxes + 1 postcard.
Can I help in other ways?
Yes! Please spread the word amongst your friends and family. Share this campaign on Facebook and Twitter. Tell your favorite bloggers about us. Every bit helps.
Risks and challenges
We have been working hard on this project for quite a long time to make sure that we are definitely ready for production as soon as the Kickstarter campaign finishes. We are also aware of all the steps in the process and what can possibly cause delays and will do our best to keep to our schedule and keep you updated on any delays or problems in the process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Ooops! Sorry we forgot to mention the shipping prices for Canada! They are the same price category as UK. So please add the following amount as appropriate to your pledge:
"Pet Melt" (1 Kisa): $15
"The Beast Within" (1 Kisa in a jar): $21
"The Evil Twin" (1 pink + 1 grey Kisa): $23
International orders will incur an extra shipping and VAT cost. Please see details by each reward here on the sidebar to the right.
We contacted a lot of shipping companies to try to get the lowest price we possibly could, and this is based on the lowest quote we got. Having compared it to other campaigns on Kickstarter this seems to be a normal price, based on the size and weight of the product.
The international postal charges are probably the reason why a lot of US based Kickstarter campaigns only ship within US. But we thought that instead of just limiting the campaign only to US residents, we wanted at least to offer our eagerly waiting customers outside the US the chance to get their hands on a Kisa.
Note: We have heard that some people have had luck using package forwarders with Kickstarter, such as myus.com, or bongous.com. We have never used such a thing, but it may well allow our international fans to save some money on shipping, so we figured we'd mention it!
No worries. If the campaign is successful, we will send you an email requesting all these details.
You can add shipping at the same time you make your pledge.
This is how you add shipping:
1) Select the reward you like
2) Click "edit" next to the pledge amount
3) Replace the pledge amount with: the total amount of reward + appropriate shipping
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