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Publication numberUS20070248922 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/408,821
Publication dateOct 25, 2007
Filing dateApr 20, 2006
Priority dateApr 20, 2006
Publication number11408821, 408821, US 2007/0248922 A1, US 2007/248922 A1, US 20070248922 A1, US 20070248922A1, US 2007248922 A1, US 2007248922A1, US-A1-20070248922, US-A1-2007248922, US2007/0248922A1, US2007/248922A1, US20070248922 A1, US20070248922A1, US2007248922 A1, US2007248922A1
InventorsReza Mahdavieh
Original AssigneeReza Mahdavieh
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Secret message candle
US 20070248922 A1
Abstract
A hidden message candle apparatus comprising a two part container divided into an inner portion and an outer portion, a candle, a message sheet, and a heat-activated covering in sticker form. The transparent top portion of the outer container forms a cylindrical gap, when the inner container is nested in the outer container, and a message imprinted sheet with the heat-activated covering is inserted therein. A candle or other heat source is disposed in the bottom part of the inner container. Upon activating the heat source, the heat from the heat source raises the temperature of the air in the cylindrical gap, and acts on the heat-activated ink sticker causing it to become transparent and reveal the message on the sheet.
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1. An apparatus for displaying hidden messages, the apparatus comprising a transparent container; a heat source disposed in the container; a sheet with messages disposed in the container; a heat-activated covering over the sheet, the heat-activated covering being opaque at room temperature and transparent when heated to a temperature above room temperature; whereby messages on the sheet become visible when the heat-activated covering is heated by a heat source in the container.
2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the container comprises an inner container that nests in an outer container.
3. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein the inner container is made of transparent heat-resistant material.
4. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein the inner container and outer containers comprise cylindrical containers with open top ends.
5. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein the outer container has a bottom portion and a top portion, wherein the diameter of the bottom portion causes it to abut the bottom and sides of the inner container, and the diameter of the top portion causes it to create a cylindrical space between the inner and outer containers sufficient to hold a sheet and heat-activated covering.
6. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein the inner container has a lip disposed around its rim, wherein the lip extends outward to a distance sufficient to cover a cylindrical space between the inner and outer containers.
7. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein the top and bottom portions of the containers comprise any three-dimensional shape with a bottom, sides and an open top.
8. The apparatus of claim 5, wherein the top portion of the outer container is transparent, and the bottom portion of the outer container is opaque.
9. The apparatus of claim 8, wherein the bottom portion of the outer container comprises a design or fanciful covering.
10. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein wax or gel in the bottom portion of the inner container along with one or a plurality of wicks is used as the heat source.
11. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the heat source is a candle.
12. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the heat source is electric, and is powered by a cord that extends through the container.
13. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the heat source is electric, and is battery powered.
14. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein personalized messages can be added on the sheet.
15. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the sheet comprises any paper thin object including a photo, a decorative card, and paper.
16. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the heat-activated covering comprises a sticker placed on backing paper.
17. The apparatus of claim 16, wherein the heat-activated covering is peeled from the backing paper and placed over the sheet with messages.
18. An apparatus for displaying hidden messages, said apparatus comprising a cylindrical lidless inner container, a cylindrical lidless outer container, wherein the outer container comprises a lower portion that abuts the sides and bottom of the inner container and an upper portion that encircles the sides of the inner container at a distance, leaving a cylindrical gap between the inner and outer containers which is covered by a lip projecting outward from the top of the inner container; a candle disposed in the inner container; a sheet with messages; a heat-activated sticker which is opaque at room temperature and transparent when heated above room temperature covering the sheet; the heat-activated sticker and sheet disposed in the cylindrical gap; wherein messages on the sheet are revealed when the candle burns and the heat-activated sticker becomes transparent.
19. A method of displaying hidden messages comprising the steps of; attaching a message sheet onto an opaque heat-activated sticker; placing the sheet and sticker in a cylindrical gap in a two-part transparent container; disposing a candle in a bottom portion of the container; lighting the candle; and observing the sheet as messages are revealed.
Description
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

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FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH

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SEQUENCE LISTING OR PROGRAM

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STATEMENT REGARDING COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL

Portions of the disclosure of this patent document contain material that is subject to copyright protection. The copyright owner has no objection to the facsimile reproduction by anyone of the patent document or the patent disclosure as it appears in the Patent and Trademark Office file or records, but otherwise reserves all copyright rights whatsoever.

BACKGROUND

The present invention relates in general to candles, more particularly to candles that display messages, and more particularly, to a candle apparatus that reveals hidden messages by using the heat produced from a burning candle or other source.

Candles that display messages are known in the art. Messages may be words, expressions or simply an ornamental design. In some instances, the messages to be delivered are directly visible on the candle. By using a transparent or translucent wax, messages can be directly displayed as the candle burns. Other candles include hidden messages disposed within or on the surface of the candle body. As the candle burns, the wax melts and the messages are revealed. Various methods and related structures have been used in conjunction with the candle to efficiently deliver the hidden messages.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,568,934 to Butler discloses a message display candle. Message characters or objects are embedded in combustible transparent gel in the candle body and are visible whether the candle is burning or not. The messages can be changed and the message characters can be wax characters in a gel matrix or formed as part of the bottom or wall of the candle body. The messages in the candle are not hidden however, and are visible whether the candle is burning or not.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,435,694 to Bell discloses a candle insert that includes an outer portion and an inner portion. The outer portion can be made of a gel composition and has a recess into which the inner portion is positioned. The inner receptacle is clear and is concealed by the outer portion. The inner portion may be formed from wax or gel or other suitable candle body material. The outer portion may contain a variety of decorative objects or may be designed to produce a variety of decorative effects. When a wick in the inner portion is lit, light from the inner portion passes through the outer portion of the candle and enhances decorative effects that are dispersed in the outer candle body. The lack of a hidden message feature, and the added second gel layer distinguish this candle from the present invention.

U.S. Pub. No. 20050079465 to Tillieux discloses a candle containing a secret message, which is displayed as the candle is consumed. A non-burnable plate with inscribed message is placed substantially horizontal in the candle. The non-burnable plate includes an orifice for a wick to pass through. Messages can be added and the plate is placed on the stock candle. Following which, more wax is added to cover the plate and the messages are revealed as the candle burns down. Although this candle reveals hidden messages, the method used to achieve this by using a plate and pouring the wax on the plate is different from the present invention.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,696,640 to Pitchford discloses a candle that includes a personalized message disposed in a fire and leak proof container. The message may be a fortune, words of endearment, a game token, or a coupon redeemable for a prize or price discount on a product. The container is initially hidden from the viewer. The candle is consumed until such time as the container or token is revealed. Alternately, the candle can have a strip extending along the longitudinal axis. Messages on the strip will be readable as the candle burns. The candle relies on melting wax to display the hidden messages.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,304,547 to Buzil discloses a candle that includes a plurality of tabs securely positioned with a heat sensitive adhesive on the outside of the candle. The tabs are positioned at various levels. When the candle is burning at a level where a tab is located, the tab becomes detachable and may be pulled away from the candle for revealing a message previously hidden by the tab. Although the application of the heat sensitive adhesive appears to be similar, the heat sensitive adhesive is used to physically remove the tab, rather than reveal a message automatically.

Although candles that reveal messages are known in the art, there is a need for a more simple, efficient, and convenient means of revealing a hidden message on a candle. Furthermore, there is a need for a secret message that can be revealed and exposed repeatedly, and that can present customized messages. These and other objects of the present invention will become better understood with reference to the appended Summary, Description and Claims.

SUMMARY

The present invention is directed to a candle apparatus that reveals hidden messages. The candle apparatus mainly includes two cylindrical containers, namely, an outer container and a transparent inner container nesting in the outer container. The outer container comprises a bottom portion and a transparent top portion. The inner dimensions of the bottom portion of the outer container are adapted to abut the bottom and lower sides of the inner container. The inner diameter of the top portion is more than that of the bottom portion, and therefore a cylindrical gap is created between the inner container and the top portion of the outer container. A candle or other suitable heat source is disposed in the inner container.

A sheet or paper printed with an image is covered with heat-activated ink, which is opaque at room temperature and becomes transparent when heated to a certain temperature. Pictures, messages, or any image can be imprinted on the sheet and then covered with the heat-activated ink, rendering it opaque when at room temperature. The sheet covered with the heat-activated ink is placed in the cylindrical space of the apparatus and the candle is lit. Gradually, the heat from the burning candle raises the temperature in the containers, and acts on the heat-activated ink sticker causing it to turn transparent, thereby revealing the image on the sheet.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES

FIG. 1 is an illustration of a message sheet.

FIG. 2 is an illustration of the heat-activated ink on a backing paper sheet.

FIG. 3 is an illustration of the heat-activated ink sticker covering the message on the sheet.

FIG. 4 is an illustration of the heat-activated ink sticker becoming transparent to reveal the message on the sheet.

FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional side view of the outer container.

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of the outer container.

FIG. 7 is a cross-sectional side view of the inner container.

FIG. 8 is a perspective view of the inner container.

FIG. 9 a cross-sectional side view of the apparatus of the present invention with the inner container nested in the outer container.

FIG. 10 is a perspective view of the apparatus of the present invention with the inner container nested in the outer container.

FIG. 11 is a perspective view of the apparatus with a candle and the sheet covered by the heat-activated ink sticker disposed in the cylindrical space between the outer and inner containers.

FIG. 12 is an illustration showing the messages on the sheet that are revealed due to the heat from the burning candle.

FIGURES—REFERENCE NUMERALS

  • 10 . . . Candle Apparatus
  • 11 . . . Outer Container
  • 12 . . . Inner Container
  • 13 . . . Candle
  • 14 . . . Sheet or Paper.
  • 15 . . . Heat-activated Ink Sticker
  • 16 . . . Backing Paper
  • 17 . . . Top Portion of the Outer Container
  • 18 . . . Bottom Portion of the Outer Container
  • 19 . . . Cylindrical Space
  • 20 . . . Lip on the Inner Container
DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Referring to the drawings, the preferred embodiment of an improved candle apparatus is illustrated in FIGS. 1 through 12. The apparatus 10 includes a hollow outer container 11, a hollow inner container 12, a candle 13, a sheet or paper 14 on which messages can be imprinted, and a heat-activated ink covering the message. The inner container 12 nests in the outer container 11.

Referring to FIG. 1, the sheet 14 can include any pre-printed design and/or messages. The sheet can also be blank so that a user can imprint personal messages. Additionally, paper-thin objects, such as photographs, can also be used along with the sheet 14.

The heat-activated ink is opaque at room temperature and becomes transparent when heated by a candle in close proximity. In one embodiment, the heat-activated ink is made in a sticker form that can be applied to an image created by a user. The heat-activated ink sticker 15 is placed on the backing paper 16 before usage. After messages are imprinted on the sheet 14, the heat-activated ink sticker 15 is applied to the sheet 14 covering the messages. As seen in FIG. 3, the messages on the sheet 14 are hidden due to the opacity of the heat-activated ink at room temperature.

Referring to FIGS. 5 through 10, the inner and outer containers 11 and 12 are cylindrical in shape and are heat resistant. Alternatively, the inner and outer containers can comprise any three-dimensional shape with a bottom, sides and an open top. The outer container 11 is divided into a top portion 17 and a bottom portion 18. The top portion 17 is transparent and the bottom portion 18 is opaque and can include a design or fanciful covering. The inner dimensions of the bottom portion 18 are so selected to abut the bottom and sides of the inner container 12. The inner diameter of the outer container's top portion is more than its bottom portion. Therefore, when the inner container 12 is nested in the outer container 11, a cylindrical space 19 is formed between the inner container 12 and the top portion 17 of the outer container 11.

The inner container 12 has a lip 20 disposed around its rim, which extends outward to a distance sufficient to cover the cylindrical space 19 between the inner and outer containers. The cylindrical space 19 is wide enough to receive the sheet 14 covered by the heat-activated ink. The width of the cylindrical space should be carefully chosen such that it facilitates minimal loss of heat to reveal the messages effectively. The outer container 11, especially its top portion, and inner container 12 can be made of glass, acrylic, fiberglass, or another transparent and heat-resistant and heat conductive material.

The candle 13 disposed at the bottom of the inner container is used as a heat source. Alternately, wax or gel can be poured in the bottom of the inner container 12 and a plurality of wicks placed in the wax or gel. The heat source can also be electric, which is powered either by a battery or by a cord that extends through the apparatus 10 and connected to a power supply.

Referring to FIGS. 11 and 12, the sheet 14 covered with the heat-activated sticker 13 is rolled and is positioned one the inside of the top portion 17 of the outer container 11 where the cylindrical space 19 will be created. The inner container 12 is nested in the outer container 11, thereby enclosing the sheet 14 in the cylindrical space 19. The candle 13 is placed in the bottom of the inner container 12 and is lit. As the candle 13 burns, heat is created inside the apparatus 10. This heat from the burning candle 13 acts on the heat-activated ink sticker 15 making it transparent, thereby revealing the message on the sheet 14 through the transparent surface of the top portion of the outer container.

When the candle 13 is extinguished, the air inside the apparatus 10 cools down. The heat-activated ink sticker 15 regains its opacity and the messages on the sheet 14 disappear. When the candle 13 is completely consumed, a user can place a new candle in the bottom portion or pour wax and place a plurality of wicks the wax. When the new candle is lit, the messages are revealed again. In this way, the apparatus can be used repeatedly. Users may easily replace an existing message sheet with a new message sheets.

All features disclosed in this specification, including any accompanying claims, abstract, and drawings, may be replaced by alternative features serving the same, equivalent or similar purpose, unless expressly stated otherwise. Thus, unless expressly stated otherwise, each feature disclosed is one example only of a generic series of equivalent or similar features.

Any element in a claim that does not explicitly state “means for” performing a specified function, or “step for” performing a specific function, is not to be interpreted as a “means” or “step” clause as specified in 35 U.S.C. § 112, paragraph 6. In particular, the use of “step of” in the claims herein is not intended to invoke the provisions of 35 U.S.C. § 112, paragraph 6.

Although preferred embodiments of the present invention have been shown and described, various modifications and substitutions may be made thereto without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Accordingly, it is to be understood that the present invention has been described by way of illustration and not limitation.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification431/291
International ClassificationF23D3/16
Cooperative ClassificationF23D3/16, G09F13/04
European ClassificationF23D3/16, G09F13/04