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Well, here's the tombstone I'm entering in the contest. I had to scramble to get my 30 posts this week so I could enter! LOL

Unfortunately, being a newbie, I don't have a dremel with router handy or some of the other tools haunters with experience know you need from prior experience, so I had to make this up as I went along.

I only used 2 tools: A kitchen knife and a soldering iron. I drew out the shapes on the foam board, grabbed a kitchen steak knife, cut it out, and began carving using nothing but that ol' steak knife. I used a soldering iron to make the letters.

I had a blast!

The height is 41-1/2" tall and the supplies are as follows:

4x8 (1") foam- 7.00
Rust-oleum Aqua paint- 4.00
(2) 2 oz. bottles Delta Creamcoat- 2.60
2 small brushes from Michaels- .50
Duct Tape- pro-rated .25
4 dabs of hot glue (for 2 accidental broken claws)- pro-rated .10
Printer paper with letters- pro-rated .10
Sandpaper- Free from tool shed.
Red Mylar- Free from Jays B-B-Q chip bag from trash
2 scraps of cardboard- Free from trash
Iron pole to stand tombstone up- Free from trash
Optional plastic purple plant- Free from attic

Total: 14.55






t know what the limit is for pics, so the url for any other pics is here:
http://s65.photobucket.com/albums/h231/Sickie_Ickie/tombstone competition
 

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Thanks folks. :)

I've never done relief carving before, so this was a fun experience.

I'm new to this stuff and you people are great! Slowly I'm learning what tools I may need in the future... but desperation builds creativity...When you don't have the proper tools, you make due- ya know?
 

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I absolutely love that gargoyle, Sickie, and I, too, am amazed that you did that with a kitchen knife. I cut the basic shape of my stones out with a kitchen knife, and by the time I'm halfway through, I'm already, well, through. I can't even imagine trying relief carving like that!
 

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Well, I loved doing it! I like projects and I like learning new things.

There was a request or two to see some theatrical lighting, so here are some for ya.




 

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Ya never know until ya try Otaku. I didn't have any have any idea until I tried.

...and thank you for the kind words. After seeing your wonderful tombstone, they really mean a lot to me. :)
 

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Looks decidely demonic Sikie IckX! Sort of like a tombstone where Betelguese would be buried. "I'm the ghost with the most, baby!"
 

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LOL I figured out how to load my quick How-To document to photobucket.

I was thrown at first because they don't accept word documents...so, I printed it out and scanned it in as a jpeg, and uploaded it earlier.

I only mention it to help anybody else who may be able to use the tip. :)
 
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