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Lockdown has been tough for countless people up and down the country. However, a teenager from Birmingham has used it as an opportunity to get her painting business off the ground.
Eighteen-year-old Amy Cindy Davidson, from Great Barr, paints baby scans onto candles - an idea that's proving to be pretty popular.
The first attempt was a present for her brother. Feeling quite proud of her creation, Amy posted a snap of it online, and was soon inundated with requests from people wanting her to do one for them.
And she's now been able to start her own business from it.
"The idea just sprung to me after my brother and his partner sent photo of their baby's scan," she says.
"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."
It's grown at such a rate now that the college student is making 25 candles a week, with each one priced at £11.20.
Expanding on the process, Amy says: "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."
As well as expectant parents, Amy says she also receives requests from those who have lost children.
She continues: "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.
"I love doing it and I hope it can become something more permanent in my life, even after lockdown."
Amy has also recently made a Breast Cancer Awareness candle, with proceeds going to charity.
You can visit her page here.
Featured Image Credit: Caters
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