The Victorians were mad about the craft of silhouette making, usually making sentimental images of loved ones in a time when photography was still relatively expensive.
Most young women had a go and some people became really very proficient at it with increasingly complex images being produced.
It looks like great fun and I’m tempted to use this easy ‘candle’ method myself.
In fact I’m not the only one who is still charmed by this period feature. Old images go well in a modern setting and a cluster of graphic black and white silhouettes can have real impact – on a stair well
above a bed
or just about on any wall at all.
Apparently there are a few artists who have revived the method like Alison Russell who finds people enjoy having her work at their event such as their wedding reception.http://www.alison-russell.co.uk/weddings.html
Could be fun.