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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 has been designed with carefully placed draft angles and radii to ensure a clean draw from the mold post pour.
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!
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:
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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