One of my very regular customer’s often sets interesting challenges for me, usually for wedding candles and I hope she’s pleased with my latest effort – Personalised candles for a wedding in Australia with Irish groom and Australian bride. Sometimes I use flags to represent nationalities, but when it came down to trying to engrave the Australian flag I faltered! Interestingly I did find out the origin of the design from http://www.anbg.gov.au/oz/flag.html – Apparently the Australian Flag came into being after the federation of the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 Jan 1901. The flag as it is today was adopted in 1954. It consists of – the Union Jack in the first quarter, the Southern Cross in the second quarter – 5 stars in a kite like pattern. The constellation of the Southern cross is a navigational feature of the southern hemisphere and places Australia geographically and has been associated with the continent since its earliest days. In the third quarter is the Commonwealth Star – it has 7 points denoting the six states and combined Commonwealth territories. So there’s always an opportunity to learn something new!
Back to the candle! – After thinking about kangaroos, sydney opera house, I decided upon the very cute Koala bear. But now how to represent Ireland – our flag is fairly easy to manage, maybe a koala playing a harp, anything green………….and so it came together – a very cute silver grey koala bear holding a green shamrock. Now hopefully bride and groom will be pleased with the outcome