I like candles. Of course, it's always best when the flame can be encased in something to keep it safe and away from flammable objects. That's one of the reasons glass votives were developed.
Although watching the flame can be mesmerizing, it's also fun to watch the glow filtered through designs or colors. So I decided to make some small glass votives covered with translucent polymer designs. Once you have decided on your colors ( for the votive shown here, I used translucent and white) , you need to make a small cane. Square canes work well for matching up edges of cane slices. However, round or irregular shapes also work, as can be seen in the example shown in this post. Very thin slices are placed edge to edge and pressed together to create a solid covering of the glass. I wanted a matte finish on the outside so I used some organza fabric as I smoothed the cane slices. This kept the surface slightly textured and ensured there were no fingerprints showing. After being baked at the polymer recommended temperature, the votive is ready to use. If a shiny surface is desired, the polymer will need to be sanded and buffed before using.
These last two photos show the votives with small electric tealights inside. This is another option for creating light inside a votive holder, and is, of course, fireproof. The lighter photo was taken with a light on in the room.
The final, darkest photo shows the glow from within the votive in a darkened room.