Teen starts lockdown business painting detailed baby scans onto candles
Wanting to keep busy during lockdown, 18-year-old Amy Cindy Davidson started painting a candle, copying a scan image of her brother’s baby.
Proud of the finished product, she posted it online and found other people wanted their own version.
Soon she was inundated with requests and Amy, from Great Barr, Birmingham, now has her own business.
Amy said: ‘The idea just sprung to me after my brother and his partner sent photo of their baby’s scan.
‘I worried a little bit at first as I thought it might be difficult to paint the pictures accurately, but once I started I realised I didn’t find it too tricky at all and it came quite naturally.
‘I have always been creative and into art, I studied it at school and I am glad I now have the chance to be able to use it.
‘I started the business in January by just making ordinary candles as I had seen a lot of TikTok videos and thought it looked quite doable.’
As a college student doing everything online, she found she has a lot of spare time to fill.
Now the business has grown and she is making around 25 bespoke candles a week, costing £11.20 each.
Amy says that she has also received orders from people who have sadly lost their baby and were interested in buying the candles to keep as a memory.
The hospitality student added: ‘I love making these sentimental pieces as they are so meaningful to people.
‘They are really unique, and it is amazing to be able to create something so special and personal for someone.
‘I have received lots of really positive feedback from customers who have said they can’t believe how perfect and accurate the paintings are.
‘I have also been asked to create candles for people who have lost their baby so that they can keep them as an ornament.
‘It takes around three hours for the candles to set and then it takes me around one hour to paint on the ultrasound picture.
‘So in total, it takes around four hours to make each one.
‘I love doing it and I hope it can become something more permanent in my life, even after lockdown.’
To order, visit: @candlesdeacx
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