Bella! You can’t miss those round eyes, curling tail and ebony black fur!
I had the idea for Bella! and first used her on the tote bag, but knew I’d use her silhouette on many other things. As I sorted through my repurposed condiment jars with ideas for votives, I could picture her on these tall narrow olive jars, wrapped around and almost touching her own tail, as she sometimes does.
How this votive is made
Unlike most other of my votives which are etched inside to better diffuse the light from the candle, I etched the entire outside of this jar to give it a matte finish just like the glass paint I used for the silhouette. Then I brushed the inside of the jar with alcohol ink thinned with rubbing alcohol. I love pink with black kitties so I used red in one jar, and I love turquoise as a votive so I chose bright blue for the other.
When transparent colors of alcohol ink are painted on the etched surface it fills in the roughened texture of the etching and makes it once again transparent. Bella’s eyes are painted on the outside etching with green alcohol ink (though the candle makes them look yellow) so it looks as if her eyes are watching you as the candle flickers inside.
The alcohol ink on the inside can be easily wiped but not scrubbed, and I’m not sure how it would react to an actual flame—I’m not sure if the dried alcohol can still be flammable. For this reason I am selling these with an LED tea light so you won’t need to worry about scrubbing off wax or blackening from the candle, or a possible accident.
Here are other views of the two votives.
About my handmade repurposed glass votives
Since we’re not recycling glass anymore I’m still using glass jars from condiments and pickles and such for feline and flower votives, and this time I worked out a few different designs of ones that are painted on the outside rather than using the clear labels, and some can be used with pillar candles or seed lights. I’ve been visualizing these for a while and it’s good to finally get them out of my system.
All are etched to diffuse the light from the candle inside. They have either a vinyl label I’ve printed or hand-painting on the outside, but a couple are etched on the outside with alcohol ink on the inside. Because I’m largely using recycled jars each one is unique and I enjoy fitting the art or image to the shape and size of the jar. To some of them I add an extra finish in areas where a label won’t cover easily with alcohol inks.
A Special Discount
All the smaller ones are $15 each including shipping (or $10 if you’re local and can pick up) and include an LED candle. Price includes shipping.
You can also purchase two votives for $25.00, a savings of $5.00. I incorporate $5.00 shipping into each item’s price, but the cost of shipping two is the same as shipping one. Use the coupon code 2VOTIVES25 in your shopping cart for the discount.
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Below is a gallery of other new votives. Browse them for the ones you like, then go to my gallery of Votives in my Handmade Gifts Gallery. In many cases you can also find other products with the same design, a card, tote, print, keepsake, for instance, which makes for a nice gift set.
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