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Guinea Fowl candle

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The beloved Guinea Fowl, sometimes known as the chicken of Africa. Ubiquitous in curio stalls throughout Africa and now available in candle form! Guinea fowl are a bit like cats in that they are never truly tamed.

Made in the mountain kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) using the ancient art of Millefiore. The candles are beautiful, useful and ethical.

£12.50

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Guinea Fowl candle

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Symbolism

Known in sub-Saharan Africa as inpangela, or, “one who is in a hurry”, the guinea fowl is a symbol of industriousness, and many people believe that they gifted with protective powers by the gods.

In Feng Shui birds are especially compelling symbols because they can fly with freedom from the earth. These animals soar through the sky, connecting us to the heavens. Birds are thought of as divine messengers to communicate our humble requests to the gods above.

Size

Small – 10cm high and 6cm wide

Medium – 12 cm high and 8 wide

Each candle burns for approximately 12 hours.

A unique and beautiful pattern

Each candle in our collection has been expertly crafted by professional candle-makers in the mountain kingdom of Eswatini, so you can be sure of exceptional quality. As they’re handmade, no two candles will be exactly the same.

The artisans shape these candles using the ancient ‘millefiori’ technique, which was perfected in Italy to create the finest glass sculptures. This technique was then translated into use with wax.

As all candles are handmade, please expect some differences in sizing and patterns. 

To get the best out of your candle, please read the directions before use.

Keep wick trimmedKeep the wick trimmed to 1/4 inch

use containerPlace the candle on a suitable container to contain any wax spillage

Burn away from draughtsBurn away from draughts

Extinguish with snuffer or spoonExtinguish candle with snuffer  or back of a metal spoon taking care not to damage the wick.

Pour off molten wax if necessary to enhance flame.

Lean back, relax and enjoy! 😊

How the candles are made

The wax is coloured by mixing pigments with hot wax, which is then poured into flat sheets.

Sheets are marked, cut and then carefully layered according to the chosen design.

The resulting slabs are compressed, extruded and re-extruded and then sliced into thin veneers.

These veneers are then taken by the candle makers and skilfully stretched over a core of pure white wax and hand made into the desired shapes.
Read more about Swazi Candles here.

Additional information

Size

Small, Medium

Our Artisans

About Swazi Candles – Proud founding members of SWIFT (Swaziland Fair Trade Association)

Swazi Candles was started in an old cowshed of a former dairy in 1982 by two South African art graduates. The little workshop soon gained a great reputation for producing unique candles and started attracting many visitors.

The vibrancy of the workshop, uniqueness of the products and the skill of the artisans resulted in Swazi Candles becoming one of Eswatini’s premier tourist attractions. Today, its unique candles are being treasured by ethical consumers world-wide. 

How your purchase can make a difference 

Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) is one of the poorest countries in the world. Over 40% of its population live on less than US$ 1.25 per day. Because of unfavourable climate conditions and low agricultural productivity, poverty is widespread.

Fairtrade benefits to artisans

Swazi Candles are one of the founding members of SWIFT (Swaziland Fair Trade Association). Its workers are part of the decision-making process in the company, which is committed to sharing profits and paying a living wage. By buying our candles, you play an important part in supporting this fairtrade movement.

Delivery

Eco-friendly packaging                            

We only use recycled or non-plastic packaging, so your purchase will be better for the planet, too!

Delivery speed 

Once you place your order, we will dispatch your candle within 2-3 working days. (Please note there may be delays during Covid.) 

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