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I have started a new tombstone, I'm going for a realistic stone that you might find in a real graveyard

First I measured and marked my blank, it's 24"x24"x3/4" ridged pink foam from Home Depot
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Next I cut out two for the front and back
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I took the scraps and made sides and top and sanded it all to shape, then I filled all the gaps with drywall compound, I should have filled the bigger gaps with hot glue or foam board glue, or liquid nails, but I didnt and I filled them in with the drywall compound. Unfortunately I didnt get pics of this stage.

heres a pic fitted together and pre drywall compound
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Here it is with the drywall compound on, after it drys I will sand it all smooth
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Next I will print up and trace out the epitaph and cut that out.......not sure where I'll go with design after that, no real plan here :)



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more progress today...

I made templates of where the name and epitaph will go
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I then took the template and traced it on a new sheet of foam and cut it out. I took my utility blade and started carving the high and low spots for a three dimensional look and then sanded the whole thing smooth
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Did the same with the name plaque
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I also made a base out of foam 9" wide by 28" long, I might make the base look like chipped granite like I did the crypt we built (seen in another thread)
 

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I have seen this method used a lot and especially with your more modern gravestone i think it works better for them , you get a really clean crisp finish as with new cut stone , i will pop back and have a look see how it comes out , its really coming along now i can,t wait for the finished item , if you get chance can you record your process with photos as i would like to see how it works fully if possible , i always used the spray paint method on my old tombstones for that old worn finish but need to make some more modern tombstones myself , and i should try and get used to both methods .
 

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Very good good indeed , starting to look really really great , thank you for explaining your method like the rest of the post i too cannot wait for the paint job .... will come back soon to see how its progressed , excellent job.
 

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well..........I had high hopes for this paint job but either I'm using the wrong materials or I lack the talent for this kind of paint job, but here was my attempt at a dark marble tombstone........

I started off by painting inside the letters and giving the whole stone a base coat of gray
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I started on the back of the stone just in case I messed up (turns out this was the best looking side)
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And here it is completed and in the yard........I will be re-painting it eventually because I really dont like this paint job....
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There,s an old proper painters and decorators method for faking marble effect done with paint in the U.K. not sure if its the same method decorators use in the states ? if anyone is interested let me know .
 
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