I have seen several houses that use wood for theyre tombstones.But all of the online sites say to use foam.What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?Is one better to use than the other?I would think that wood would hold up better,wouldnt it?
My first dozen tombstones were made out of particle board. Easy to cut and takes paint well. They are sturdy and store nicely laying flat on each other. Still there is something sort of sterile about them that I can't quite put my finger on. I can't draw a straight line with out a ruler, so I must use templates for the styro tombstone I am working on now. I can get pretty windy where I am and I dont think that the typical mounting system (holes up thru the bottom of the foam) would work. I am considering poly gluing a 2x4 on the back and using either long spikes or re-bar.
The cost is definitely an important factor.I will just have to price the foam.If its to much,We have alot of spare wood sitting out in the garage.That will be my plan B..lol. Do i just use regular Ol' latex paint,that I can get at walmart or where ever?
Beepem...what is the really cool way to etch the foam with spray paint?
ok. this is partially mine, partially someone elses. whos name escapes me.
basically, you take peice of thick THICK paper, like for presentations. not cardboard. and you draw/trace a picture onto it. say a bat. you use an xacto knive to cut the bat out.
now take doublesided tape and go around the edges of the bat very very well. you dont want the spray paint to bleed. now put it onto your grave and spray it with black spray paint, white gray whatever. just get the 99 cent cans. the spray will eat away at the foam. spray it generously 2 or 3 times. the key is to do an overly good job getting the tape right against the edges. that way, the spray only eats away what you carved out of the paper.
any pumpkin stencil would work too. i did it with mine, its wicked amazing, but be warned. if you spray it like 5 times, it will eat all the way through to the other side. then let it dry for a few minutes and you can remove your paper and tada.
i did it to 6 of my 7 graves, its awesome.
get 1" foam.
edit: i just made this grave a few minutes ago from 1" foam.
I use both. I use the foam beacause it's easier to carve then I trace the tombstone onto 3/4" plywood and glue the foam onto that. It ad's depth like a real tombstome would have and it gives it a little wieght so that it's not so fragile. I can also mount it a lot easier.
I actually did like making wood tombstones either cutting them out myself or using dresser drawer front ,they are already beveled like so just need to engrave them with a dremmel or router. i have not made any for quite some time but may start again. i also used reg house paint(grey color) mixed with sand for stone look and they are still holding up. I scatter these along the house
I use real stone for gravemarkers now..
if interested look here... these are the smaller ones i have used, also an old picture