Making Memory Candles

by Rachel Baker on June 11, 2014

My family is hosting the big family reunion this year. Besides making all the logistical arrangements, we also have to come up with a reunion souvenir. One of my cousins posted this to her Pinterest page and I immediately thought it was worth sharing here.

I wonder if the heat of a candle would begin to pull the contact paper away. I also might use just tea lights rather than a small votive candle, that way it can be changed out without too much washing.

Besides being used with candles, I wonder if the technique could be used on mugs, tumblers, and anything else that may be a cool takeaway.

The technique uses black and white photocopies and transparent contact paper to transfer images to glass votive candleholders. What happens is that the black ink sticks to the contact paper. It’s a lot of fun to do. You’ll be surprised by the results.

It’s like magic!

The first thing you want to do is find images that you want to use. Old black and white photos work best because of the high contrast. When you photocopy the image, play around with the contrast and resolution controls on the copier to get the results you desire. Again, high contrast works best. Oh, and it won’t work with inkjet printers. Either photocopy the images or print using a laser printer.

I recommend using the small votive cylinder candleholders found commonly at craft stores. If you use this size, size your photographs to fit on a 2″ high x 6.5″ long strip.

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Making Memory Candles

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