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Handmade candles inspired by video games, movies and comics! A fun mash-up of traditional craftsmanship with geek culture. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on August 7, 2013.

Handmade candles inspired by video games, movies and comics! A fun mash-up of traditional craftsmanship with geek culture.

Minneapolis, MN Candles
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About this project

We are Rox & Tom, aka Frostbeard Studio!

Our Project

This is our second Kickstarter. With this project, our aim is to combine traditional handcrafted pottery and candle-making with inspiration from geek culture: our favorite movies, video games and comics (and cartoons and tv shows)!

In the past, we've had great success making book-themed candles (for literary nerds).

It's become apparent that people really like our candles, both for smelling nice and for being... different. We want to create non-traditional candles for a new audience, for people who are more interested in piranha plants than patchouli.

Our Story

We love making stuff! Our goal is to make charming and wonderful art-goods that need to exist. As crafty artists, we like to play around with different mediums and themes. We are also newlyweds and super adorable.

As self-employed artists, we want our small business to keep growing, to stay working for ourselves full-time, and continue trying out new ideas!

This project has been fulminating for a while, congealing into all sorts of different ideas. After much deliberation, these are the items we think will work best!

What you see here are prototypes, our first attempt at testing out new techniques and forms. We've got some ideas for scents, but we'll tweak 'em until they feel just right! The final products will be more refined and have proper labels, too.

Level I Rewards

We will make a variety of candles, in three distinct styles. To start off with, we've got Level I candles. These all come in very handy, reusable (and recyclable) glass jars.

Zelda Potions -- Soothing, power-boosting fragrances.

  • Health Potion - Red wax with an apple clover scent.
  • Stamina Potion - Green wax with a cedar mint scent.
  • Magic Potion - Blue wax with a soft, fresh seabreeze scent.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- Radical pizza herbs!

  • Leonardo - Striped blue with basil scent.
  • Raphael - Striped red with rosemary scent
  • Donatello - Striped purple with thyme scent.
  • Michelangelo - Striped orange with pineapple sage scent.

Adventure Time -- Sweet scents from the Land of Ooo!

  • Jake the Dog - Orangish-gold, smells like cake!
  • Finn the Human - Teal blue, smells like s'mores! 

Doctor Who -- Mysterious scents from across time and space and …. stuff.

  • Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey - TARDIS blue with a scent combination of juniper, tea and driftwood.
  • Exterminate! - Bronzy Dalek color and a scent that eliminates odors! (smells similar to spicy bubble gum)

CMYK -- Striped in print process colors! Smells like fresh newsprint.

Level II Rewards

These are, by far, the nerdiest candles we could come up with. Each one contains an adorable lil' handmade ceramic sculpture inside, which will slowly emerge as the candle burns, like so:

 Like the Level I candles, these all come in glass jars (so you can see what's going on).

  • Dead Dino - You'll either get a preserved dino or a bunch of bones! Who knows? The scent is fresh dirt (like a garden).
  • Poe - A purple ghost, caught in a bottle, with a smoky, resinous, copal-like scent.
  • Baby Metroid - A lil' murderous alien infant, with a cool, icy metallic scent.

  • Carbonite - A tiny frozen Han, with a clean, steel-like, masculine scent.
  • Candle of Madness : A lil' Cthulhu, sleeping under a mountain of ice! Scent is cool, snowy and slightly minty.

Level III Rewards

These candle containers are hand-thrown on a potter's wheel, sculpted and detailed. Each clay form is hand-glazed and fired before being filled with wax.

Piranha Plant -- The green pipe from Super Mario Bros, complete with a fire-exhaling plant at the bottom! Smells pleasantly plant-like, with green clover and aloe.

Bob-omb -- A cute, little walking bomb that explodes... with refreshingly clean, slightly smoky scent. 

Poké Ball -- Choose your scent! There are four kinds:

  • Charmander - Red wax with a warm, sweet, vanilla-like, smoky scent.
  • Bulbasaur - Green wax with the sweet, fresh woodland smells of evergreen and cedar.
  • Squirtle - Blue wax with a calming, cool, slightly floral scents of fresh water.
  • Pikachu - Yellow wax with a crisp and clean, outdoorsy thunderstorm scent.

After being used, these ceramic pieces will last forever and are totally microwave, dishwasher and food-safe! Just make sure to wash 'em out real good.

Additional Rewards

Team Player! -- Every little bit helps! If you just want to chip in a dollar, we'll immortalize you on the thank you page of our site.

Local Pick-Up! -- If you live in the Twin Cities, pick up your items locally and we'll give you some swag! You'll receive a tealight candle sampler of our various nerdy scents. We'll send out info about pick up times and locations after the project is over.

Custom Item! -- Make your own custom candle! Work with us to create a totally unique scent of your choosing. You suggest the ideas for a theme, fragrance and color: we'll do all the work!

You will receive two 8oz candles in glass jars, similar to the Level I design. Please keep in mind that these are artistic interpretations. We won't be able to capture every smell, but we’ll do our best!

Button Masher! -- Receive a set of four candles inspired by the XBOX controller buttons. 

Poured in handmade ceramic tumblers, glazed in Red, Yellow, Blue and Green. Also great for design nerds, with their clean, contemporary construction. The scent is a fresh citrus-verbena mix.

Collectibles! -- Get one of every kind of reward candle! (Does not include the Custom Design tier. Pick one Poké Ball scent.)

Includes a total of 24 candles:

  • Red, Green and Blue Potions
  • TMNT (4-pack)
  • Jake the Dog
  • Finn the Human
  • Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey
  • Exterminate!
  • CMYK
  • Dead Dino
  • Poe
  • Baby Metroid
  • Carbonite
  • Candle of Madness
  • Piranha Plant
  • Bob-omb
  • Poké Ball (pick one scent)
  • Button Masher XBOX Tumblers (4-pack)

Completionist! -- Absolutely everything! Get a copy of every candle we're making, including the Custom Design tier and all four versions of the Poké Ball. 

When pledging, you will see "Add $X to ship outside the US." These shipping rates are calculated for Canada only! (Canadians, If you want multiple items, contact us!)

Everywhere else will be more expensive than the additional amount we have posted for international orders, so contact us first! We can tell you how much extra you need to pledge. 

For example:
A Level I Candle Pledge is $15. Add $7 to send to Canada. Total of $22. But to send anywhere else, it costs an additional $14 to ship, so $29 total.

We are happy to ship all over the world! Unfortunately, shipping costs vary quite a bit and we don't want Canadians stuck paying double on shipping. The US Postal Service recently doubled their international shipping prices, but they do remain the cheapest way to ship overseas.

The best way to save on costs is to order multiple items and we can ship flat rate!

If you live in the US and are interested in getting more than one candle, no worries! We've done our research on shipping costs and think we have a solution. Flat-rate boxes allow us to keep the price down on multiple-item orders. For international orders, please contact us first!

To calculate your pledge amount:

  • figure out the items you want!
  • click the "Back this Project" button
  • find your highest-priced item and select the appropriate tier
  • start with the dollar amount listed for that tier
  • add $12 for each Level I candle
  • add $27 for each Level II candle
  • add $42 for each Level III candle
  • tally it all up
  • enter this as your pledge amount at the top of the page!

For example, if you wanted all four TMNT candles, you would pledge:

15 + 12 + 12 + 12 = $51


After the project is done funding, we'll send out surveys and make sure everybody gets what they wanted!

Each candle holds approximately 8 fluid ounces and burns for around 70 hours (or 840 Super Mario speed runs, or... 1 Skyrim campaign, roughly).

Soy wax is bio-degradable and burns really cleanly, leaving very little soot. It's also better for the environment than paraffin, since it's produced from a renewable resource (soy beans). The wax is non-toxic and non-carcinogenic. Our wicks are pure cotton and chemical-free.

Why are we doing this Kickstarter?

We're raising funds to help grow our business in a bunch of ways! To do a project like this, we need some new equipment. Right now we use the range on our stove and it takes forever. Buying a proper wax melter will be safer, cleaner and save us a bunch of time and energy.

We're also expanding our studio later this year! Our plan is to open up shop in Northeast Minneapolis, one of the fantastic neighborhoods for artists in our city. Business has been good for us, but we've completely outgrown our home studio. Funding this project will help us furnish our new space.

If our project happens to exceed its goal, here are our future plans! Every dollar will go towards growing and improving our studio:

Our priorities are to first get our new studio space outfitted with more work tables, storage space and tools. It's amazing how quickly things add up! After that, we'd like to expand and streamline our online operations, taking advantage of services like Stitch Labs and ShipStation.

If we happen to do really well, our plan is to invest in more expensive equipment like a ceramic decal printer and 3d printer, for future projects.

These are our plans! We don't expect to meet these stretch goals, but IF WE DO, we'll happily nerd out and make lots of awesome stuff. :)

Aside from helping us raise funds, the ultimate goal of this project is to achieve something greater: a sense of community! What we're doing is a little silly and a little strange, but we've been getting lots of good feedback so far. We want to involve backers as much as possible.

To see more of what we've been up to, check us out on Facebook, Tumblr and our main site! Also feel free to explore our Etsy shop and previous Kickstarter.

We hope this project reaches all the crafty and nerdy people out there. Kickstarter is one of the best ways for us to test out our ideas and meet like-minded folks. If you know anybody who would be interested in what we're doing, please tell 'em!

A big thank you to Ben Hovland for helping us out with the video! Music is courtesy of Eric Buchholz and the team at Zelda Reorchestrated.

Extra special thanks to our friends and family for all the support!

Risks and challenges

Because candles are a little hefty, one of our biggest challenges will be keeping shipping rates down. This gets especially tricky with international orders. As our business has grown, we've gotten a lot better at managing shipping costs.

One of the best ways for backers to save money on shipping, incidentally, is to order more candles! We are very good at safely shipping our goods in flat-rate boxes.

Depending on how well our project does, we may have a large number of orders to fulfill. We love a good challenge and have met our deadlines in the past, so we're fairly confident in our abilities. The summer months tend to be slowest for us, which makes this a good time to launch our project.

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FAQ

  • Yep! The descriptions have been updated (as of July 14th)

    When we first launched the campaign, we were still waiting for a bunch of scent samples to arrive in the mail. Now we've got 'em and can better describe what each candle is going to smell like!

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $1 or more

    11 backers

    Team Player!

    We’ll thank you on our website.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $15 or more

    66 backers

    One Level I Candle
    (Potions, TMNT, Adventure Time, Doctor Who, CMYK)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $30 or more

    26 backers

    Character Unlocked! One Level II Candle
    (Dead Dino, Poe, Baby Metroid, Carbonite, Candle of Madness)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    29 backers

    Level Up! One Level III Candle
    (Piranha Plant, Bob-omb, Poké Ball)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    4 backers

    Custom Item! Design your own Level I scent and receive two 8oz candles.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $125 or more

    1 backer

    Button Masher!
    Set of 4 XBOX Controller Tumbler Candles

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers

    Collectibles!
    A copy of every candle design. (24 candles total. Pick one Poké Ball, doesn't include Custom Item)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $725 or more

    1 backer

    Completionist!
    Absolutely every candle and scent combination available. (29 candles total. Includes Custom Item and all four types of Poké Ball.)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (30 days)