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July 29, 2021
Signature Dark Concrete Candle in Gold
Ever wanted a candle to be a modern piece of artwork displayed on your dinning room or coffee table? Well, that is exactly what the artist and founder of Pop of Modern was looking for when she created the Concrete Candle. Two-toned and made from solid concrete later filled with a hand-poured organic wax blend, these candles are the perfect statement piece for the home or office. Besides their form and presence, two wicks accompany the warmth and tranquility of this functional artwork.
To compare our handmade concrete candles to the process of cultivating slow food, might possibly be an exaggeration. But, the time and energy it takes to create them is definitely accomplished with a commitment to passion and art. Artist Kristina McManus decided to create the base from concrete because she wanted to work with a natural solid material that wasn't the conventional glass or ceramic candle container. Her love of candles made from natural ingredients containing calming scents led her down the path of such a time-consuming passion project. Time-consuming because it takes quite of few days to make the Concrete Candle and it's important to highlight the fact that these are one-of-kind and not manufactured.
We decided to take some time out to describe the art-making process here, so our customers and clients understand the value and inspiration of such a handmade limited series available in our online shop.
Concrete has been used by the ancients in architecture still standing today and now we see its everyday use in modern constructions. In order to make the form for the candle base, the artist created an oblong-shaped mold, which was then filled with a water-mixture of concrete. This mixture is poured into the mold and needs about two days to dry completely. 48 hours later the base is removed from the mold and then sanded, cleaned, polished and made ready for its first coat of paint. The artist decided to go with black, graphite/grey, gold, and rose-gold colors for these limited editions candles.
Another 48 hours is needed for the first coat of paint to dry before a clear protective coat is added. The base also has an added cork-bottom for protection of surfaces from scratching. An additional 48 hours is needed for drying and then the wax blend is ready to be poured inside. Finally, after this last step, the Concrete Candle is ready to be shipped for your viewing and sensual pleasure!
Make sure to check out the Concrete Candle and Dark Concrete Candle series before these little sculptures are all sold-out. We think the look to these candles is tres industrial chic plus they burn for about 25 - 35 hours.* The hand-poured soy-wax blends are sans harsh chemicals and you can choose from either Sea Salt & Orchid, Beach Linen, or Mahogany & Teakwood scents. Go modern and adorn your space with style with the Concrete Candle!
*Please make sure to read our candle care guides for the best methods to maximize the burning time and for re-purposing the handmade sculptures.
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