Introduction: Photo Candle

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Another cheap, easy & unique gift for those who have everything!

Plus the process is quite peaceful & hypnotic ;)

Please note this Instructable uses a hair dryer & you will need to take extra care to avoid fire or burn hazards around you whilst working - if you need to take a break or if anything feels unsafe, cease action immediately

Step 1: Set It Up

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You'll need:

For the pic;

- Tissue paper

- Piece of card

- Printer (and a photo in mind!)

- Spray adhesive

For the rest;

- plain wax candle (I buy packs of 5 at Ikea, so suffice it to say they're mid range quality & work great!)

- scissors

- hair dryer

- wax/baking paper

Step 2: Make It Happen

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To print your pic; spray a light 'tacky' surface of glue onto your card & apply the tissue carefully. Don't use too much glue as your tissue will tear when taking it off. Feed the card through the printer to print your pic & give it a few moments to dry before removing it.

Cut the pic to size to suit your candle (just fyi; I use PowerPoint to size my photo to suit the candle before printing).

Cut off a piece of wax/baking paper that wraps around your candle 1.5 times.

Have your hair dryer ready (preferably on a heat resistant mat or workbench as not to create any unnecessary hazards); Line up your tissue on the candle & wrap it carefully over with the wax/baking paper (pictured), grip it firmly and comfortably around the back of the candle.

With your dryer, commence carefully heating a section of candle until you see the surface liquefy (you will notice this by a darkening of colour as in the attached pic). Basically the wax is melting through the tissue paper to hold it to the candle surface!

Keep note though not to heat for too long or you may start to create dents in your candle; as soon as it changes colour, you're done! Keep going until you've finished from edge to edge. oh, also keep in mind not to remove the wax paper too often as you can lose track of where you've done & it can also not work as well. If you need to, replace with a new piece of wax paper.

Enjoy :D

Step 3: The Burn

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This candle pictured, is small (about 7cm high x 6cm diameter) so the flame is a lot closer to the tissue, however it'll only burn/melt as it's wick will allow. As any candle would melt and disintegrate, so too will the tissue.

I tried it with printer paper once, it worked but if you're worried about setting anything on fire, it'd be that!

Thanks for the question @stechi :-D

Comments

PicsArt (author)2016-10-26

Interesting idea.

stechi (author)2015-07-03

Looks great! But what happens if you actually use the candle, does the tissue paper dissolve or burn up?

One80Bits (author)stechi2015-07-03

just added another step with pics for you to see

stechi (author)One80Bits2015-07-04

Brilliant. I'll add this to the list of things I want to do!

One80Bits (author)stechi2015-07-04

Hahahaha yeah I've got one of those!

One80Bits (author)stechi2015-07-03

Ah great question, thank you!

Because you've 'infused' the paper with wax, it reduces the risk of actually setting alight.
The thicker diameter candles will simply burn down the middle and maintain an outer wall of your pic, with slight slumping, curling or disintegration.
The thinner diameter candles will see the sides slump and curl down (as the burn time is quicker) and also disintegrate with the wax as it burns.

I've not had a candle pic set fire yet; but it's like all candles, it should be kept under supervision.

I'll see if I can post a couple of pics to help...

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