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Reaper
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I wanted to add to my cemetery but instead of with more flat headstones I was wondering if anyone knew of a good material to carve some statue headstones out of? Like the figures or angels in a real life cemetery? I wanted them to be stonelike so I was thinking about glueing several pieces of foam together and working from that but I was wondering if anyone knew of a better way?
 

Typical Ghoul Next Door
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Why not just go to a garden center and find a nice angel or cherub (or even a gargoyle) to paint up?

I have seen several great angels on pedestals that were repurposed with a little gray/black paint and water (water down the paint, run it into the recessed areas, and pour more water down to simulate aged stone).

I picked up a sweet little praying angel at Home Depot for $15. She is about 2 feet tall and I'm using the base to a birdbath I already own. She looks amazing now that I painted her.

I checked out a cement statuary center and they had all sorts of gargoyles, angels and other stuff that would look fantastic in a graveyard.
 

Reaper
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Why not just go to a garden center and find a nice angel or cherub (or even a gargoyle) to paint up?

I have seen several great angels on pedestals that were repurposed with a little gray/black paint and water (water down the paint, run it into the recessed areas, and pour more water down to simulate aged stone).

I picked up a sweet little praying angel at Home Depot for $15. She is about 2 feet tall and I'm using the base to a birdbath I already own. She looks amazing now that I painted her.QUOTE]

That's a good idea :) I was just hoping to get something a bit bigger. Do they have statues bigger than 2'? I've never been to a cement statue place, i'll have to find one.
 

Reaper
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Adding things with monster mud is a good idea, i'll definately have to try some of those too
 

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Look for large dolls too that you can add wings to and monstermud into angels if you want something big!
 

Typical Ghoul Next Door
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Different stores have all sizes of angels, I've seen some almost lifesize! You'll stand a better chance of finding a good one at a statuary store than places like Wally World or Lowes/Home Depot, but they have carried larger angels at one time or another...

or like the others said, monster mudding a doll or sculpting your own is always an option!
 

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I would check Target on clearance. They sometimes have some great items. Here's a pic of my "re-purposed" angel. My aunt gave me the angel and I bought the pedestal on clearance at Target and then re-painted them to match last year. As for carving goes, I'm too intimidated to attempt that. I want them to be beautiful and elegant. I would make a mess of it.



 

The Hobo Spider Assassin
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I used a local concrete yard ornament place and since it was off season, I tried to work a deal on a couple of concrete columns (I'll post a picture after I get home). They would have cost me about $80 in the spring or summer, but got them both for $45. I'll use them in the graveyard to add some height and display a jack-o-latern and possibly an urn or another ornament. The taller of the two has a piece of pvc tube right through the middle and this will allow me to run electrical right through it to the point I want light or something like that.

The pieces are heavy and I'm not worried about them going anywhere fast or far! Added bonus there!:D
 

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I would check Target on clearance. They sometimes have some great items. Here's a pic of my "re-purposed" angel. My aunt gave me the angel and I bought the pedestal on clearance at Target and then re-painted them to match last year. As for carving goes, I'm too intimidated to attempt that. I want them to be beautiful and elegant. I would make a mess of it.




Thanks for posting all your pics. It is so helpful to see what others have done and I liked seeing the various stages in your tombstones.
 

Reaper
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Pandora - your statue looks great with the red light on it! Very spooky! It would be really cool if you filled the basket with skulls or something
 
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