Bloody “Handelabra”

Submitted by Douglas Wood March 26th, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner

I found this bloody hand candelabra (which I’ve dubbed a “handelabra”) at a church rummage sale for $1.00, although I suspect the little church lady who sold it to me would’ve paid ME to get rid of it for her. The wax candles are fingers which are adorned with crudely drawn fake-looking stitches and cuts. No effort has been made to have the candles match the hand in color, and painting the candleholder bases gold also defeats the purpose of making this look like a unified hand. Why the fingernails are yellow and the thumbnail is grey is a question I don’t care to ponder.

3 Responses to “Bloody “Handelabra””

  1. Allee Willis

    This one’s way way WAYYYYYY OUT THERE!!! It’s so gross looking it’s astounding. The fingers are really creepy. I know they’re candles but if you look at it from the back it looks like they’re made out of corks stacked on top of each other. And then they need to be slimmed down at the bottom to even fit into the candelabra.

    This ceramic hand itself is just as twisted as the candles if not more. Why is the back of the hand shiny clean and then the palm is all cut up? Makes no sense when the front of the fingers that go with the back of the hand are all bloody yet the back of the fingers that go with the palm of the hand are crystal clean minus the grunge that has accumulated on them through the years. The color of the fingernails are another question entirely. As none of this makes sense why would we expect more from the fingernails?

    I wonder if a disenchanted-with-the-church member of the church lady’s family crafted this?

  2. shirlie williams

    The mind boggles, I would have snapped this up, I wonder who made it, or did they find the candles first and then make the hand ?

    • Allee Willis

      Mmmm, I could see it going either way, candles first or hand first. The way the candles are inserted into the fingers is so creepy to begin with – why wouldn’t you slim the fingers down at the bottom so they were a perfect fit? That’s only a couple minutes of scraping – I don’t think it makes much difference.