Cantastiks

Cantastiks

New Mexico, United States · 80 Sales

Cantastiks

Cantastiks

New Mexico, United States 80 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(24)

Announcement   Recycled tin cans are transformed into handcrafted candle holders and custom “candeliers” throwing dancing patterns of light wherever they are placed. These works of art are functional and aesthetically pleasing products, which are both environmentally and socially responsible.

Peter Van Tongeren was a welder by trade until 1967 when a broken leg created boredom and inspired the marriage of welding and discarded tin cans. The marriage continued for 15 years until the itch to open a Santa Fe Trading post temporarily distracted him. In 1992, two broken legs again created boredom and rekindled his love for artistic welding. Zach Van Tongeren began assisting his father with the business shortly after the accident at the age of 9, learning the trade and becoming proficient, until the age of 17 when he took the craft under his own wing. Zach’s enlisted service in the military in 2001 created another brief hiatus for the company, but upon homecoming in 2005, the torch was almost immediately fired up again and the love for artistic welding was rediscovered.

Their creations are in demand from such elegant companies as Nambe Mills, Aveda, Estee Lauder, Nor Style, and Art Matters. Fine gift stores in Japan and Australia join those throughout the United States in carrying this unique line of functional art. They have been represented by New Mexico’s Own and have been seen on QVC as well as such fairs and festivals as the New Mexico State Fair, Fiesta in Santa Fe and can be seen frequenting the Las Cruces Renaissance Fair.

The Van Tongerens are truly master craftsmen, putting torch to tin can for half a century, they create unique works of art to please the eye and delightfully light our surroundings.

Announcement
Last updated on Apr 29, 2016

Recycled tin cans are transformed into handcrafted candle holders and custom “candeliers” throwing dancing patterns of light wherever they are placed. These works of art are functional and aesthetically pleasing products, which are both environmentally and socially responsible.

Peter Van Tongeren was a welder by trade until 1967 when a broken leg created boredom and inspired the marriage of welding and discarded tin cans. The marriage continued for 15 years until the itch to open a Santa Fe Trading post temporarily distracted him. In 1992, two broken legs again created boredom and rekindled his love for artistic welding. Zach Van Tongeren began assisting his father with the business shortly after the accident at the age of 9, learning the trade and becoming proficient, until the age of 17 when he took the craft under his own wing. Zach’s enlisted service in the military in 2001 created another brief hiatus for the company, but upon homecoming in 2005, the torch was almost immediately fired up again and the love for artistic welding was rediscovered.

Their creations are in demand from such elegant companies as Nambe Mills, Aveda, Estee Lauder, Nor Style, and Art Matters. Fine gift stores in Japan and Australia join those throughout the United States in carrying this unique line of functional art. They have been represented by New Mexico’s Own and have been seen on QVC as well as such fairs and festivals as the New Mexico State Fair, Fiesta in Santa Fe and can be seen frequenting the Las Cruces Renaissance Fair.

The Van Tongerens are truly master craftsmen, putting torch to tin can for half a century, they create unique works of art to please the eye and delightfully light our surroundings.

Zachariah Van Tongeren

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Zachariah Van Tongeren

Small Tiffany Chandelier
US$450.00
Medium Corona Chandelier
US$350.00
Ali Baba Chandelier
US$165.00
Extra Large Candle Holder
US$65.00
Large Candle Holder
US$45.00
Hurricane lamp
US$45.00
Small Straight Candle Holder with Base
US$30.00
Medium Candle Holder
US$25.00
Classic Round Night Light
US$20.00
Moon and Star Night Light
US$20.00
Desert Landscape Night Light
US$20.00

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(24)
chic249

chic249 on Aug 23, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Just as expected. Have ordered these as Christmas gifts last year and loved them. This beauty is for me!

Christopher B.

Christopher B. on May 26, 2015

4 out of 5 stars

This is a nice idea. The light is very white, almost fluorescent-looking. Because of the color it is not appealing to me, but I think that is just a personal preference.

Christopher B.

Christopher B. on May 26, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

These are very unusual, and quite beautiful. They make great gifts.

rebeccaAline

rebeccaAline on Dec 16, 2014

1 out of 5 stars

Product is lovely, however the company is terrible in regards to conducting business. I received no conformation that my product had in fact shipped or estimated arrival time. Efforts to contact the company were not responded to after several messages and even attempts to get a refund were not met. I was completely surprised to find that my candle holder had arrived two and half weeks later. Paying this much for a candle holder and shipping you think that you would get better service.

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Updates

The first and most important step in the process of turning a tin can into a beautiful night light: gingerly cut the design out with a very fine tipped micro torch.

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Moon and Star Night Light
US$20.00

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Your trash turned into delightful luminary treasures!!!

Recycled tin cans are transformed into handcrafted candle holders and custom “candeliers” throwing dancing patterns of light wherever they are placed. These works of art are functional and aesthetically pleasing products, which are both environmentally and socially responsible.

Peter Van Tongeren was a welder by trade until 1967 when a broken leg created boredom and inspired the marriage of welding and discarded tin cans. The marriage continued for 15 years until the itch to open a Santa Fe Trading post temporarily distracted him. In 1992, two broken legs again created boredom and rekindled his love for artistic welding. Zach Van Tongeren began assisting his father with the business shortly after the accident at the age of 9, learning the trade and becoming proficient, until the age of 17 when he took the craft under his own wing. Zach’s enlisted service in the military in 2001 created another brief hiatus for the company, but upon homecoming in 2005, the torch was almost immediately fired up again and the love for artistic welding was rediscovered.

Their creations are in demand from such elegant companies as Nambe Mills, Aveda, Estee Lauder, Nor Style, and Art Matters. Fine gift stores in Japan and Australia join those throughout the United States in carrying this unique line of functional art. They have been represented by New Mexico’s Own and have been seen on QVC as well as such fairs and festivals as the New Mexico State Fair, Fiesta in Santa Fe and can be seen frequenting the Las Cruces Renaissance Fair.

The Van Tongerens are truly master craftsmen, putting torch to tin can for half a century, they create unique works of art to please the eye and delightfully light our surroundings.

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Shop policies

Last updated on April 29, 2016
Cantastiks has been a small, old fashioned family owned and operated business in recycling for over 40 years and take true old fashioned pride in every step of our labors. From the meticulous detail put into every one of our unique pieces, to the wonderful relationships we build with those who fall in love with our work. We welcome everybody to come in and find something that delightfully tantalizes them. If you cant, we can certainly make something customized to you that will not only awe and amaze YOU but any others who gaze upon it as well!

Accepted payment methods

  • Money Order
  • Check
  • Other Method
Payment
Check, Money order or PayPal. Cancellations should be ASAP. All prices are tax inclusive and all orders are shipped post payment.
Shipping
Postal Priority standard for small pieces, UPS Ground standard for all large items and orders. Shipping times will vary from order to order. Some orders will ship in as little as 48 hours, many may require up to 3 weeks for shipping, as all pieces are hand crafted and meticulously packed.
Refunds and Exchanges
Refunds and Exchanges on a case by case basis. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments or concerns about our product at cantastiks [!at] live.com
Additional policies and FAQs
General Disclaimer: - Care and common sense must be taken when using anything that has to do with fire - Do not put a piece where small children or animals can access it or on an unstable surface -

End User Notice: Pieces received may differ slightly from those seen online for every piece is hand made, and very unique. Even like pieces will vary slightly from each other, as no two pieces are ever exactly alike.