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I decided to make my own graveyard, pretty much from the ground up (rimshot please). I'll post and update my tombstone progress as it goes. Here's the first round of progress pics. Not sure why I'm doing 4 at once...

First tombstone attempt. I'm not very happy with using the pressed-white-bead foam board, as those things shed like a Sheltie in summer. But that's all Home Depot has.



Mini-monolith. 1x2"'s for the frame and foam board for the sides. Gorilla Glue seems to work fine on gluing foam board to the wood.



Everyone needs a Beloved tombstone, right? :) I printed out the word and used an X-acto knife to make the letters. The foam took a lot of sanding to get it smooth and remove that dotted foam-bead look.



Holy Cross tombstone. I used a hot soldering iron (with lots of open doors and a ocean breeze) to carve the details. The red is the next round of carving lines. Wifeypoo actually said she likes the red on it and wants to keep it. ??? I had to check her for a fever to make sure I heard her right. She likes it?! :) I'll probably carve (meaning, melt) it then after the grey paint go back with some high-gloss red paint in that part of the fret-work.



Now I know, once they are done I can do all the grey painting at once!
 

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They DO look nice and shows that the cheap white beaded foam works just as well for people who can't get the pink or blue. I also agree with the mrs. about the red...something about it looks neat!
 

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Nice work Warrant! Didn't think you could get the white styro that smooth! I think I'm off to buy a cheap soldering iron or wood burner this week.
 

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It's been a while, here's the updated family of 'stones, sans moss (I'm applying that today).

I found some black craft paint powder, mixed it up, painted the letters, then used a towel to dab and drag the black highlighting. I also found that terrycloth towels do not respond well to white beaded foam. Even after the sanding I did, there's still a rough surface. The "John Yeast" stone had so much black runoff from the letters, I had to take a water hose to it and wash some of it off.

 

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Nice work warrant. Looks like you got them out of the local cemetery.
 

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Great work on these Warrant. I especially like the beloved tombstone. Nice weathering too ...
Look forward to seeing pics of your graveyard with these in place :D
 

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Here's the finished products, moss and accents added. The cross on John Yeast was $1 at Michael's. The half-cup on Alby Back is a plastic potting plant, cut in half and hot glued to the front.







 
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