Boonzy Arts was founded in April 2015 when a geek decided to go pro.
We started making candles as gifts a few years ago, which is about the time I (Lauren Rock) left my full-time job to pursue something I was really passionate about. My lovely partner (Robert Peterson) suggested I start selling the candles everyone loved so much. I enjoy making candles, but I hesitated. The candle market is already so saturated -- how could we possibly stand out?
Then we started getting ideas for all kinds of fun candles based on pop-culture themes. The list of ideas grew and grew before we finally decided to start producing. Now Boonzy Arts has a wide range of pop-culture-themed candles with beautifully designed labels, as well as a more traditional line of scented candles.
We created our latest set of candles with the tabletop gamer in mind. We call this new set the Wheel of Flame series.
Each candle represents a different terrain you might visit on a campaign. Your game master can light a new candle every time you venture into a different realm, setting the stage -- and the mood -- with an evocative scent.
The (original) set includes three candles:
- Lair of the Dragon: musky and smoky, like incense.
- Fortress of Sorcery: spicy sandalwood with hints of olive and cypress.
- Forest of Enchantment: earthy blue spruce with notes of eucalyptus.
SECOND SET ADDED! Set B is:
- Sands of the Desert: sage, dried grass, and cactus flower
- Port by the Ocean: sea salt and ocean air
- Castle in the Clouds: crisp, fresh, and light.
The vastly talented illustrator Wilson Swain is drawing our labels. Wilson’s style is perfect for the whimsical, vintage feel we’re going for with this project. (Think "old school D&D" cover art.) We don’t have the artwork to show you now, but we'll be giving you sneak peeks throughout the Kickstarter campaign.
Here’s some of his previous work to wet your whistle.
UPDATE: We have initial sketches for all six Wheel of Flame candles! These are just the beginning phases, and the candle titles are just a placeholder while we work on the type. Enjoy!
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Each candle includes a metal die from Norse Foundry embedded in the wax. As your candle burns down, a beautifully crafted and satisfyingly heavy D4, D6, D8, D10, D12, D20, or percentile die will emerge from the molten goop. The different dice are randomly placed in the candles, so you won’t know which die you’re getting until your candle starts to burn down. Who needs diamond rings in candles when you can have dice?!
I say thee NAY! These candles are for anyone who likes evocative scents, fantasy, beautiful artwork, and thoughtfully crafted gifts. Or just folks who love scented candles! Even your mother.
We use 100% soy wax for our candles, along with premium fragrance oils and dyes. After the 50+ hours of burn time, you can reuse the 8oz jars (with lids) and continue to enjoy the beautiful artwork of Wilson Swain.
Starting a business from scratch is bonkers. It’s fun and exciting but also scary and expensive. A lot of money goes into research and development, start up supplies, and just generally time spent on building the business. Because we’re still a small business, we buy in relatively small quantities. We're doing this Kickstarter to collect funds to mass produce this product. The funds raised will be used for the materials for the candles, including Norse Foundry dice, wax, dyes, fragrance oil, and label design. We will also be purchasing some new equipment to augment our existing equipment to help speed up production for such a large quantity. And lastly, we budgeted in shipping, Kickstarter fees, and taxes.
We hope to keep bringing fun and inventive candles to you through Boonzy Arts, and we see this Kickstarter as a way to grow our business. Thank you for supporting us!
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenges are shipping costs and production.
We've done our best to work in shipping charges as fairly as possible, but candles aren't the easiest things to ship. They're heavy and fragile and shipping can get pricey, especially overseas.
As far as production, we'll start producing as soon as the money hits our account. We're still a small operation and work in small batches, but we have a pretty good system to maximize my resources. Still, we're aiming for a large amount and if we go over our goal it'll be even more, so if there are any delays we'll be in touch with backers on a regular basis.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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