Here’s the video I created for giving custom pet memorial votives at the holidays.
Most people have purchased custom pet memorial votives soon after a pet has died whether for themselves or for others. But often the holidays bring up the grief about a pet who died at any time during the year, or even years past. A custom memorial votive for you, family or friend is a way to make an animal companion part of the holidays even though they are physically gone. It’s also a gift to remember a beloved animal companion at any time.
Also, as you cast about for a gift for a family member or friend who loves animals, a custom votive is a unique gift that shows you remember their pet, and their loss.
And as a few customers have suggested as they ordered, sometimes they’d like to have a votive with their pet on it while they’re still around.
I create a custom votive using images you provide. If your votive is a gift, I can ship it directly to your recipient with a customized sympathy card at no extra charge.
I can’t create a votive in time for Christmas unless you are local, but I can get you a downloadable gift certificate so you can give that certificate; the recipient can choose the photo they would like to use and work with me directly. You can also order now if you don’t need the votive until after Christmas. I have more information about the votives below.
About the votives
I make your Custom Pet Memorial Votive with love and sympathy on the loss of a precious companion, be it yours, or a friend’s or family member’s companion. I designed the memorial votives to focus on your companion’s face, and position their image so that the votive candle shines through their face, especially their eyes. During the day your votive captures ambient light even without the candle, but in the evening, when the candle is lit, the flickering light through your pet’s face in a darkened area is warm and intimate. Watch the video below as I place a lighted votive candle into Luna’s custom memorial votive.
How I designed the Custom Pet Memorial Votives
Above, a votive at night.
I designed the first of these memorial votives, as a gift to a friend who had rescued Oscar and had previously commissioned a portrait of him. Rather than using his entire portrait where he is sitting up, I designed it to focus on his face and positioned him so that the votive candle would alight his face, and especially his eyes. From its effect on me, and Oscar’s family’s reaction, I knew this was an idea that I could share with other animal lovers.
So I designed the memorial votives to focus on your companion’s face, and position their image so that the votive candle shines through their face, especially their eyes. During the day your votive captures ambient light even without the candle, but in the evening, when the candle is lit, the flickering light through your pet’s face in a darkened area is warm and intimate. Watch the video below as I place a lighted votive candle into Luna’s custom memorial votive.
How I make each votive
The sample votives you see here were ordered by one friend to give to another, and both parties gave me permission to share the images. I never use any image of a custom item without permission.
While I love to be creative with upcycled materials and make many votives using non-recyclable glass jars, I prefer these memorial votives to all be consistent and focus on the animal. I chose a square glass votive that I can easily purchase, and you can focus on the face of your beloved companion, not be distracted by the shape or see an image possibly distorted by the glass.
Working with your supplied photo or artwork, I use my decades of pet portraiture on paper and canvas and my photoshop skills to prepare the image to fit the votive. I remove background distractions and correct distortions if necessary, and add a color or gentle pattern that suits your pet, pulling ideas from the supplied photos.
I can customize backgrounds too, using patterns or other decorations you choose. Customizations cost $5.00 to $10.00 extra.
Ziggy Stardust needed to have stars on her votive.
Pearl loved sleeping on the patterned porch chair.
I print that image on a frosted vinyl label that holds the image with clarity and diffuses the light of the candle, and wraps completely around the outside of the votive.
You can use a wax votive, but as much as I love real candles and flickering candlelight, with years of curious feline noses and waving tails I’ve been trained to use flameless candles. I provide an LED votive candle with each votive I make that has an inexpensive and easily purchased replaceable battery so that you don’t need to run out and find a brand new votive to continue remembering your pet when the original grows dim.
Each votive is packaged with a small care and use card and a message of sympathy from me, “May their light shine on you always”.
If your votive is a gift a sympathy card with your message is included
You may include a message to any recipient. I offer memorial note cards that are blank inside where I will write your message and include it, in an envelope, with the votive. There is no charge for this.
I prepare and print your photo or artwork of your pet onto a frosted vinyl label, then burnish it onto a cube-shaped glass vase 3″ in each dimension. A sympathy card and an LED tea light are included. The price includes shipping, whether to you or a friend.
If this votive is a gift…
I’ll be happy to ship it directly with a card at no extra charge.
- Use the drop-down below to enter your choice of standard or other sympathy card.
- Use the text box below to enter your message for the sympathy card and optional text for the back, if necessary.
- If you’ve chosen a sympathy card from my collection, use the text box below to enter the design name.
- Please enter the recipient’s address in the “Shipping Address” area of the shopping cart.
Whether the votive is for you or a gift for a recipient, the votive and card are carefully packed and shipped in a Priority Mail box.
A few more sample votives
In some cases I can place two pets on the same votive. This family, unfortunately, lost both of their companions, unexpectedly, in the space of one month. In this case I was provided with several photos and I put them together, which was a small extra charge for the extra time of removing the background from both photos, then merging them together ensuring that Cody and Dakota were proportional to each other.
Examples of working with photos
Below are some examples of the work I’ve done with supplied photos.
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All images and text used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission, although links to your site are more than welcome and are shared. Please ask if you are interested in using and image or story in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of an image or a product including it, check my animal and nature website Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.
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