I was wondering how you shipped this without it getting damaged?
I have been looking for some of the "seaweed" at the different craft places but have yet to find what I'm looking for.WOW! That's amazing work. I first thought you sneaked over to JustWhisper's house and took some more pictures of it. Most excellent!
I understand the difficulty of covering up all the pink. That second coat of Drylok helps a lot but you have to go close with a tiny brush to make sure. Even then, don't ever turn it upside down or something. That's when you really notice spots missed, LOL! The epitaph is the hardest because you need to scoop a lot of the Drylok out to keep it still visible so you end up with just a thin coat of Drylok. But, when you come in with the dark gray paint it's usually gets good coverage.
Again, fantastic. Are you going to do the seaweed later? Not a biggie. It will just add some color. But, if you want a somber, spooky graveyard then it's not necessary.
I have been looking for some of the "seaweed" at the different craft places but have yet to find what I'm looking for.
I did find some clumps of short grass I was thinking of adding to make it look like it was growing out of the base on the right side and behind the shell on the left.
Still thinking about that one tho.
It's quite the endeavor. I fill gaps with bubble wrap. Wrap the entire stone now in bubble wrap. Then put some popcorn in a box and drop the stone in. Fill the rest of the box with popcorn so it's filled 102% (per UPS recommendation). Then... I get a slightly bigger box and fill that a bit with popcorn. Put the interior box in and fill 102% with popcorn.I was wondering how you shipped this without it getting damaged?
WOW!Brace yourself - shipping is in the $70 to $80 range. You've also got to make sure you stay under UPS's oversized box perimeters or the shipping goes sky-high. That's why the stone is undersized.
That's a great tip on reducing the weight. There is a limit on the box size for when they determine the weight. Once the box gets over a certain size (irregardless of weight) they charge by the size of the box. Here is the formula they use to determine if your box falls under the weight charges or the size charges:One other thing you can do when shipping tombstones, which I've done for secret reapers with the Ontario Haunters Club (now Canadian Haunters Association - shameless plug! ) , is to not include the plywood base. I package up the finished stone much as Terra describes and include instructions for the reapee on diff. options for mounting the tombstone for display. I figure we're all haunters so it shouldn't be too difficult for them to handle. It really saves on the weight/cost.
|Determine the Dimensional Weight|
|Next, determine the package dimensions in inches. Multiply the package length by the width by the height. The result is the cubic size in inches. If the cubic size of the package in inches is 5,184 or larger, divide the cubic size by 166 to determine dimensional weight in pounds. If the cubic size in inches is less than 5,184, use the actual weight of the package. |
Yes it does seem bigger in the video. Guess it's like the camera adds pounds or something. Here's a good picture to help show that is indeed just over 2' tall. It's laying on my sitting workbench which is 24" deep:Awesome Terra, you make the best Stones hands down. I love your vids. These pics were nice too, showed soem details the vid missed. Is it jsut me or did the stone seem much larger than it was? I was convinced this was a full sized stone, but it was a little more than 2 ft?
Thank you and I agree about adding a hat. Kept going back and forth about whether to add one. The cool thing about the lights is that they should melt into the grass in the graveyard and the rope part of the lighting should be pretty hard to see. You should just get the effect of the uplighting.STAND BACK N' PUT YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR PARDNER!!! Now --- start clapping!! Yay Terra!! Another great stone for us all to try.
Watching your super fun video gave me ideas too! Howzabout dry locking a western hat and hang it over the corner of the stone - or at the base. Craft a fake bullet out of sculpy clay- paint it brass and stick it into the stone near one of the bullet holes. Or even one out the back. Also - might be able to get a little western pistol at the dollar store and dry lock that at the base. The "rope" lights certainly stylize a "lariat" look. Just another fantastic way to Terra-ize cemetery headstones! Here's lookin' at you kid! BOO!
heh. Thank you so muchGorgeous! Terra =/= the Martha Stewart of haunting to the 5th power! *insert standing round of applause, & crowd cheers here*
Loved making this one. Thank you so much.Wonderful work on this stone Terra.
Thanks and I too love the monster mud. You get such a great effect for a minimal amount of work. Love those tricks!I'm always impressed with your monster mud technique. It looks so much like stone. Very cool.