TWO AFRICAN CATS CANDLE
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Artist: FLATYZ (Bolingbrook, IL & Kaunas, Lithuania)
Hand-painted in Lithuania, this candle stands out for its simplicity. The flatter design is a unique approach to candles that has a minimal (and eye-catching) feel. The twin wicks burn evenly and self-extinguish as they near the steel base, without any dripping wax or smoke.
• Includes one handmade flat candle and steel stand
• Steel stand helps make candle attractive display piece and doubles as a snuffer
• Non-dripping, evaporates as it burns
• Unscented and smoke-free
• Every candle is hand painted
Materials: Paraffin wax, steel, organic cotton wick
Burn Time: 3-4 hours
• Height: 5.9"
• Width: 2.4"
• Depth: .4" (2.6" with base)
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
FLATYZ was founded in 2012 by two candle industry veterans – Darius Igaris and Aidas Gilaitis. After decades of working in and becoming leaders of the commodity candle industry in Eastern Europe, they yearned to express the full potential of their creative souls. FLATYZ was born and they set out to create a unique, handmade candle. After three years of R&D they finally perfected a FLAT and NON-DRIPPING candle which came with its own stand. The owners went on to patent this creation in Europe. Having a flat candle surface allowed the flow of their creative minds in terms of designs and application techniques for applying the art on to the surface of the candles. To this day, FLATYZ is the only producer of a decorative handmade flat candle in world. The product has received phenomenal response in Europe, Asia and in the US.
ABOUT THEIR PROCESS:
From stringing square wooden frames with organic cotton wicks, to formulating the paraffin mass at just the right temperature, to pouring, shaving, dipping, decorating, assembling and packaging – everything is done by hand.
The owners have a natural talent for artistic design and are responsible for creating most of their hand painted designs. Some designs are requested by FLATYZ customers, however prototypes for design lines and color schemes are created by Darius and Aidas. Once a design is approved, individual artists are painstakingly trained to replicate that design from candle to candle as the need to fill customer orders arises. Various manual artisanal techniques are used to reproduce an image on to a surface of the candle including painting, etching, embossing, spraying and so on depending on the demands of the design.
All of this magic takes place in a quaint, 2,000 square foot artisan space in a basement of a commercial building in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania. FLATYZ currently employs 9 full-time people including the owners, production experts for making the candles and artisans for decorating them. During the peak seasons of various holidays, freelance artists (seasonal regulars) are subcontracted to assist with decorating the candles at their homes in order to meet customer demand.
FLATYZ is proudly challenging the stereotypes of conventional candle shapes and designs.