Frank Weeden has always taken a hands-on approach to his work, even before founding Ana Candles in 1994. “I have a fine-arts background and was working in metal art casting,” he says. “Between all that I had the idea to put patterns into waxed candles, and the first design we did was stripes. It was such a big hit it came to define the company.”
Good to know: “The best way to store the candles is to lay them flat in a drawer or cupboard,” Frank says. “Leaning them against the cupboard wall will eventually cause them to warp.”
The Striping Effect
Among the first color combinations was ivory-black, which continues to be one of the company’s most popular. Frank also has a keen eye for details that set his candles apart. “Our long cylindrical candles are 2 inches taller than standard 12-inch tapers, so they’re more prominent as decor accents on dining room tables,” he points out.
Good to know: “Keep the candles out of direct sunlight,” Frank says, “to prevent certain colors from fading.”
The New Pillars
The bright, bold colors are results of an elaborate pouring and molding process that involves using very refined wax. “High-quality paraffin is the only material that has the strength and stability to make our striped candles,” Frank explains. It’s also what allows the taper candles to burn for 14 hours. “The candles have really become about color and color stories and people’s desires to decorate with them,” he says.
Good to know: Ana’s pillar candles have an 80-hour burn time, and Frank says pillars look and perform best when they’re kept burning two to four hours at a time.