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I have read everywhere about using the blue or pink insulation boards for making my own tombstones. I was doing some searching on ebay and came across some "deals" on the white insulation boards. Are these the ones that tend to crumble? Wanted to check with the experts before doing anything. :confused:
 

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I use the white foam too...it's alot cheaper. If you are using a wood burning tool or soldering tool to carve the words on it though, use a dimmer switch on your tool or just be very careful....you can burn though it ALOT faster. Oh, one extra bit of caution...do it OUTSIDE. The fumes are brutal...just ask the NJ chapter how bad it is burning it all inside. Oh wait, we burned alot of foam that day, we probably won't remember anyway LOL.
 

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Thanks for the info. I may try a "sample" with it and see how I like it, then go from there.
 

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Ive only used the white foam because of the cost. If you are careful and patient with it you can achieve the same results as you coudl with the blue or pink at a much cheaper cost.
 

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The beaded foam is what I am also using for the tombstone I presently am working on. Make sure you seal it first before using paint such as spray paint on it ..it will melt otherwise.
 

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I to use the white foam. I'm always able to find it free in varying shapes and sizes. The white foam is definetaly more fragile to work with than the pink or blue foam. The trick with the white stuff is to use sharp cutting tools or a styrofoam heat cutter and a wood burning tool with a dimmer switch attached to control the amount of heat when etching in words. It can also be sanded but use caution and go slow when doing so. Always make sure to hand paint your stone with latex paint to seal all the nooks and crannies.
Here are some on my stones that I've done in the white foam. This may help in your decision to use the white foam.
tombstones pictures by troop134 - Photobucket
 
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