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Everyone likes owls, so it”s no surprise that a plethora of owl-themed items are on the market these days. One such example is this collection of adorable owl candles from Skeleton Candles, a San Francisco-based candlemaker. The owl-shaped candles come in a variety of pretty colors and will add instant perk to any room.

Cute, if a bit stern, right?

Cute, if a bit stern, right?

But they have a secret.

But they have a secret.

What could be lurking under that candy-colored surface?

What could be lurking under that candy-colored surface?

Skeletons!

Yes, that”s why they”re called Skeleton Candles. Each one comes with a metal skeleton embedded in the wax, so as the candle melts down, the metallic insides are revealed. It”s like an owl candle version of the Terminator.

Robert Scott, creator and founder of Skeleton Candles, designs every aspect of the candles. “I normally do a couple rough sketches on paper to get a feel for the look of the design,” he says. “The process can take anywhere from a week to a month depending on what other projects I”m working on at the moment.”

From the sketches, he creates a clay model of the candle. “After I have my [model], I make a casting of it to form a negative. This will be my mold to pour the wax into.” Adjustments are made to the shape of the mold as needed.

And as for the skeleton lurking inside? “I usually sketch [it] out with many revisions. From there, I get the prototype laser-cut for testing. Once I make the necessary adjustments to the metal,” he continues, “I place it inside the mold to set.” The wax is poured around the skeleton, and it”s concealed until the candle is burned.

Scott has long been fascinated with owls and owl symbolism, and his design of the innocuous exterior and menacing interior reflect the duality of owls in folklore the world over. Scott actually got his start as a chef, but has decided to start focusing on his candle making as a means of expression.

“I always wanted to do something else other than food and work more on my artistic side outside of food,” he explains. “One day the idea of designing with wax came about. To work with something so pliable and make it into anything your heart desires was an interest to me…I decided to put food on hold and focus on Skeleton Candles. There are endless possibilities and I”m excited to share my journey with everyone.”

Right now, the Angry Owl candle is in production, and there”s a Kickstarter set up for anyone interested in getting one of their own. You can also keep up with the latest developments on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. In the future, more animals might be available (like this adorable gummi bear), so stay tuned!

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