Nimbin Candles Light Up Thor

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The Nimbin Candle Factory is earning a reputation for lighting up the silver screen with its wax creations commissioned for Thor, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Great Gatsby.

Co-owner Lisa Fry said her team, which includes her husband, son, one other full-time employee and two casuals, had started work this week on a batch of candles for Thor: Ragnarok, produced on the Gold Coast and starring Chris Hemsworth and Cate Blanchett.

“Our bread and butter is supplying supermarkets, but this is icing on the cake,” she said.

“It’s good fun, out of the ordinary and allows us to play around a bit more.”

Ms Fry is yet to find out exactly how many candles are needed for the next Thor instalment, but if her last Hollywood order is anything to go by, it may run into the thousands.

The company supplied 1,500 candles for the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie starring Johnny Depp.

“We got a call saying ‘We need these candles to look 17th century’,” she said.

“We said ‘So you want them to look piratey?’, and they said ‘Yes, piratey’ and we said ‘Is this for Pirates of the Caribbean?’” Ms Fry said.

“Every time the runner came down we thought ‘Oh, I hope Johnny Depp’s in there [the van]’, but of course he never was.”

She said her factory had also supplied candles for The Great Gatsby and was regular supplier for the television reality series I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

“It’s just something that happened,” Ms Fry said.

“I think the internet is a wonderful tool and … I think we were just located as a candle maker and there are not many of us around anymore.

“Because of our proximity to the Gold Coast it makes it very easy for them to send their runners out.

“When you go to the markets there’s a lot of people selling, but there are not many people manufacturing to the level we do.”

She also said the Thor order may result in more employment at the factory.

“I think it’s good that instead of bringing these things in they’re getting us to make them,” Ms Fry said.

“We’ll need the extra hands, depending on how many they ask us to produce.

“It’s all on a very strict timeframe: you’ll just catch your breath and make 100 and they’ll say we need that again.”

The Nimbin Candle Factory has been operating for 43 years with Ms Fry taking over the business in 2005.

Source: ABC

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