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A cast iron candle holder that elegantly adapts to the room it lives in, adding a flicker of play and a glint of goodness to any space
A cast iron candle holder that elegantly adapts to the room it lives in, adding a flicker of play and a glint of goodness to any space
A cast iron candle holder that elegantly adapts to the room it lives in, adding a flicker of play and a glint of goodness to any space
62 backers pledged $4,014 to help bring this project to life.

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May I introduce you to Sindr...
May I introduce you to Sindr...

Sindr, old Norse for spark, is a strike anywhere candle holder born from my love for playing with fire and my passion for designing objects that enhance our experiences and add goodness to our lives, no matter how small. It is made of cast iron which beautifully coalesces with it's firey origins in form and function.  

All of Sindr's sultry sides
All of Sindr's sultry sides
Wine and Dine with your Sindr
Wine and Dine with your Sindr
Let your Sindr help you achieve inner peace
Let your Sindr help you achieve inner peace
Escape your world with a little bit of candle light and a good book
Escape your world with a little bit of candle light and a good book
Over time your Sindr will develop its own unique "strike zone"
Over time your Sindr will develop its own unique "strike zone"

When creating this candle holder it was really important to me that it was something that changed with its owner and developed character, yet remained resilient to the test of time. This is why I chose cast iron. You can patina and clear coat the material to resist rust and corrosion but it will still be affected by human interaction. The nature of the material is that it wants to oxidize -or rust- when exposed to air moisture. Therefore, little things like the area to strike a match (the strike zone), and the oils of your skin will imprint itself onto Sindr overtime. 

From top to bottom: Cerulean Blue, Regal Red, and Raw Cast Iron (every Sindr is coated in an anti-corrosive seal)
From top to bottom: Cerulean Blue, Regal Red, and Raw Cast Iron (every Sindr is coated in an anti-corrosive seal)

 As a designer it's pretty hard for me to do any creative project without some material exploration, and I wanted to see if I could come up with something that was cohesive with the character of Sindr. The blue and red patina stains were fantastic because they worked cohesively with the material. A lot of cast iron products get powder coated, which is fine, but you lose that strong cast iron aesthetic. 

Sindr is truly a candle holder that's all about character and it's life with the user. The color options allow user's to express a unique mood and experience in a space.

Sindr's cheeky backside
Sindr's cheeky backside
A Sindr for those with a deep Cerulean blue soul
A Sindr for those with a deep Cerulean blue soul
A Regal Red Sindr, for the bold and hot blooded at heart
A Regal Red Sindr, for the bold and hot blooded at heart
Sindr Starter Kit
Sindr Starter Kit

So what do you do when you have your Sindr? Get yourself some strike anywhere matches and light your candle, or your tea light, or wait maybe your incense? Depending on your mood, Sindr has three different candle recesses, each precisely sized to standard dinner candle, tea light, and incense stick diameters. 

*Strike anywhere matches are not included, see bottom of page for the numerous affordable places to purchase them online or in store*

Sindr Lingo
Sindr Lingo

Sindr has some pretty unique features. You may notice there is an angled "strike zone." This functionally aids in sparking your strike anywhere match and emphasizes the area to strike. If you follow this around the form the wall tapers down to a lower height. This makes it easy to pick up matches and also is balanced with the rest of form which has several other interesting cuts and angles intently and elegantly placed in the form. 

There is a curved concave "live bed" for your ready to strike matches to rest in, or if you'd rather it can be switched to a "graveyard" for your used dead matches. I personally don't like to immediately throw my hot match into the trash (melted plastic = not great). Another thoughtful feature is the three cylindrical recesses at the end of the candle holder. These give you the option to transition from tea light to dinner candle and then a small hole for an incense stick.

Tall ones, small ones! Thick and thin! Purple or green! You really can have it all. Most candles are sized to a standard diameter, so many candles will fit snugly and cleanly in Sindr's recesses.
Tall ones, small ones! Thick and thin! Purple or green! You really can have it all. Most candles are sized to a standard diameter, so many candles will fit snugly and cleanly in Sindr's recesses.

How is Sindr made?

I hunted high and low for the right manufacter and ended up finding some really fantastic people to work with. Plymouth Foundry in Indiana is who I've decided to work with on producing Sindr. It is cast in high quality grey iron and I pick up the raw candle holders to be hand finished and sealed by me personally (with lots of sweat and love) in the heart of Chicago. It is a lovely combination of teamwork with those who know cast iron best, and applying my craft and hand touch to get you a truly unique product.

To the left is Bill Schlosser, head of Plymouth Foundry (i'm pretty sure his bones are made of iron) and to the right is where the Sindr pieces are sorted post mold release and shaken to clear them of sand.
To the left is Bill Schlosser, head of Plymouth Foundry (i'm pretty sure his bones are made of iron) and to the right is where the Sindr pieces are sorted post mold release and shaken to clear them of sand.

What's great about using green sand casting as a method for production is that it allows Sindr to be produced quicker at a higher volumes than other casting methods. I provide high quality 3D prints which are then attached to a match plate which gets machine pressed into a flask containing the green sand. 

Sindr's Matchplate. This gets machine pressed into the greensand molds.
Sindr's Matchplate. This gets machine pressed into the greensand molds.

Sindr has been designed with carefully placed draft angles and radii to ensure a clean draw from the mold post pour.

This is the assembly line that each Sindr mold goes down post pour. The top part of a mold is called a cope and the bottom a drag.
This is the assembly line that each Sindr mold goes down post pour. The top part of a mold is called a cope and the bottom a drag.
Box full of Sindrs! First sample run with Plymouth went quite well I'd say. (Pre-finishing work)
Box full of Sindrs! First sample run with Plymouth went quite well I'd say. (Pre-finishing work)

It has been really enjoyable to work with the folks at Plymouth Foundry. When I first pitched my idea to them, I got nothing but great and exciting feedback. Sindr has a confident team behind the scenes working to make it come to life!

Timeline is an estimate and subject to some change
Timeline is an estimate and subject to some change
Where to buy your strike anywhere matches!
Where to buy your strike anywhere matches!

I wish I could ship strike any where matches to you, but I sadly cannot afford the permits to do so. There are plenty of retailers that can though! And they sell the matches for pretty dang cheap. See the list below:

Amazon - Diamond Blue Box
Amazon - Diamond Greenlight
Walmart
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Risks and challenges

Currently lead times for Sindr are between 5 and 7 weeks. I have planned for this accordingly. Plymouth Foundry is very reliable and energetic about this project. The main risk is if these lead times are not accurate, then this could push back production a bit. If this were to happen I would problem solve with the foundry I am working with and would keep you updated every step of the way. I have done the hard work and research, but this is my first Kick Starter project and is a learning process. I do not foresee any major issues, but all I ask is for your patience and I will be as transparent as possible throughout the entire process.

I am confident in my strategies for getting Sindr to production and am eager to get it to you!

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    Stay in the loop with all of the exciting production details such as casting, the hand finishing process, how the campaign is going and anything else that is happening with the making of Sindr. Its sure to be a fun ride and you would have so much of my gratitude for any support you can pledge to the campaign.

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    Strike While the Iron is Hot!

    Early bird special! Receive an official first production run of the Sindr candle holder and additionally receive a starter kit of dinner candle, tea light, and incense variety along with your very only strike anywhere candle holder.

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    • Sindr Strike Anywhere Candle Holder
    • Dinner Candle
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    Hot to trot!

    Pledge now to get your Sindr and I'll toss in a grab candle from Athenian Candle Company, a local Chicago shop!

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    Specialty Sindr

    A small production of specialty Sindr candle holders. Color options are Cerulean Blue and Regal Red. A Backer Kit survey will be sent out at the end of the campaign to choose which color.

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    • Sindr Specialty Candle (Regal Red or Cerulean Blue)
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    Two Irons in the fire!

    Receive two Sindr candle holders at a special price. It might just be me but I think that dinner table would look mighty nice with a Sindr candle holder at each end.

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    Double up on Specialty Sindrs!

    Receive two Sindr candle holders in your choice of finish. Mix and match or double up on the Regal Red or Cerulean Blue! A Backer Kit survey will be sent out at the end of the campaign to choose color options.

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    Sindr Retail Set

    Set of ten Sindrs in the raw cast iron finish. Color finish can be included upon request.

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