|The Sandman makes unique custom candles unlike any others
available, anywhere. Each piece is made completely by hand and each
detail shows the perfection he has striven for more than 35 years to
achieve. These candles are truly works of art, often depicting small
scenes full of emotions. The Sandman has been featured in Sunshine
Artists Magazine as well as on KMGH-TV and has been reviewed
by several museums. Images of his work are now available for you
to view. However, as with any artwork, full comprehension cannot
take place without viewing and using the real thing.
Below is a peek at the styles that are available.
Look back often for more selections or contact the Sandman directly at
the contact page or by e-mail.
|Waterfalls - The waterfall
candle is the "signature" candle of the Sandman. Each driftwood piece
is individually plucked from the river. After being carefully cleaned,
the wood is then treated with several coats of taper candle wax or varnish
to preserve. The piece is then cast in the sand, usually, from that same
river and decorated to compliment it's uniqueness.
|Freeforms - Freeform
candles, as the name would indicate, come from a 10" cast iron skillet,
hand dyed, stretch shaped and the shell refilled while cooling... (not
a simple task) Pillars are similarly made with a circular pan.
|Hats - Hats are a "freeform"
style of candle fashioned in the style of the floppy brimmed "cowboy" hat.
Smaller hats depict a "derby" style of look. Each hat is hand formed
then filled with matching wax, banded and placed upon the shelf to be "virtually
tried on" by the customer.
|Gourds - Gourd candles
start as seeds which are grown in the Sandman's own garden. When
fully grown and harvested by hand, each gourd must be hung and dried for
nine months. Gourds are then scrubbed clean to remove all molds (molds
naturally form as gourds dry). Once the gourds are dried, cut and cleaned
inside, only then, can the candle process begin. Stained, burned,
painted and then filled, gourd candles are a "work of art" from start to
|Natural Logs - Log candles
are made from naturally hollowed trees which have aged a minimum of 5 years.
The "logs" are then hand chiseled inside to provide the most desirable
environment to form the candle. The wood is finished to furniture
quality and the candle is created inside the hollowed out area. Upon
completion each piece is felted on the bottom for your tabletop's protection.
|Pillars - These freeform,
hand made, pieces are filled with wax to form a wonderful pillar candle
that glows beautifully even after just lighting. Generally about
5 - 6 inches in diameter these candles can come in almost an color or scent
you can imagine. Sometimes (as seen here) they have additional decorations
on the outside of the candle. Like most of the rest of the Sandman's
creations these pieces can be refilled as many times as you like (fee applies).
to order custom unity candles, matching your wedding colors, mounting your
invitation on the front (bride & groom names often on back) and either
finishing the surface with whipped wax (any color) or dipping a satin wax
coat on and adding a pedestal base (very elegant).
|Votives - The votives
pictured here actually can take several days to create due to the layering
of different colored and scented waxes to form each individual candle as
seen here. A favorite use of these candles is placed in a glass of
water and allowed to burn over a dinner or quite evening. The light
flow through the glass and reflects of the water. The water also
cools the wax increasing burn time of the candle.
|Special order: Candles
may be ordered for specific events, people, places, or themes. Special
projects in the past have included birthday gifts representing the receivers
favorite band, special sporting events as shown here, and church functions.
The following page does not have any examples due to the variable nature
of these candles, instead you are encouraged to contact the Sandman directly
with your ideas.