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Hello,
Please give me your opinion on the foams you use for crafting your tombstones, I plan on using great stuff expanding foam so I can fully customize my own tombstone, I don't know if you guys have a better preference but if you do comment and tell me why please:)
Thank you and happy haunting!
 

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I thought about using insulation board but I was told that if you try to spray paint it it will melt and I don't want that to happen to several hours work.
 

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I do like spray painting though, to me it i'm able to get effects that acrylic paints do not get me, but if i did you the insulation foam and put on a layer of latex foam do you think that would prevent melting of the foam?
 

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I do like spray painting though, to me it i'm able to get effects that acrylic paints do not get me, but if i did you the insulation foam and put on a layer of latex foam do you think that would prevent melting of the foam?
If the foam board insulation has a really good coat of latex paint, then yes, you can spray paint.

Here's one of mine done as I described:

 

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They look awesome, Scary Mars! I think depth does help a fair bit, at least if you have a few like that. Looking forward to seeing 'em done.
 

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I would recommend watching Terra's tutorials on making and painting tombstones. Also do a Youtube search on making/painting tombstones out of foam. There are almost as many different ideas as there are paint colors. I personally prefer Terra's methods combined with little things I've picked up in the process of making my own.
 

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Wow! I don't want to know how long these are taking you. It took me a while to realize that divers helmet wasn't real. The bar just keeps getting raised on these things. Amazing.
 

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Gobby, Scary: They didn't take as long as you'd think. A little dremel work, some gorilla glue...and voila! You should see them lit up! :) I'll be putting them out soon so I'll post a pic of them with their lights on.
 

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They all look great guys I'll keep you posted on when I make mine for the next Halloween season, I need to get to work on my costume for now.
 

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What I use for tombstones

Hello,
Please give me your opinion on the foams you use for crafting your tombstones, I plan on using great stuff expanding foam so I can fully customize my own tombstone, I don't know if you guys have a better preference but if you do comment and tell me why please:)
Thank you and happy haunting!
This is just my personal preference, but I love the 1.5 inch thick white bead Styrofoam board. Home Depot has it in full 8' X 4' sheets, but I usually buy it in 2' X 4' sheets, just because it fits in my small SUV. I usually glue two sheets together to make a 3 inch thick board, which is perfect for most of my tombstones. The reason I love the white bad Styrofoam is because you can crumble and tear away areas with your fingers, and it leaves a texture that looks like broken stone. After the drylock, painting, and a little dry brushing it looks like a slap of old stone. Here's a couple of Happy Halloween ones I made for my neighbors. Also a few I've made for my yard. All of them out of the white bead Styrofoam. I guess if you're going to do some really intricate carving, then it might be better to use the pink or blue foam board, because it's denser. Headstone Grave Font Granite Cemetery Wall Rock Architecture Concrete Plaster Carving Stone carving Limestone Architecture Rock Room Brick Rock Art Headstone Grave Cemetery Font Memorial Rock Granite Performance Event Room Performance art Performing arts Stone carving Carving Sculpture Statue Art Machine Machine tool Sculpture Snout Close-up Carving Mouth Sculpture Floor Flooring Wood Concrete Stone carving Stele Carving Font Headstone
 
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