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Imprinting the epitaphs and decorative
designs onto your tombstones can be accomplished several ways.
Method #1 - The simplest way is to use
acrylic craft paint and brushes to paint on an epitaph and any other designs you
want on the face of the painted tombstone. Stencils can make this easier, but the
lettering will be flat on the surface of the tombstone.
Method #2 - After the tombstone has
been primed and has dried completely, you can write your epitaph with a slightly darker
colored marker or pencil. Now use an Xacto knife to carve out the letters in a
"V" shape. Finally, to make the epitaphs more
readable, we use acrylic craft paint to shade the inside of the letters. Black is too dark
and the color of the primer is too light, so mix a color in-between.
Method #3 - For the most realistic
look you can carve the epitaph and any decorative patterns into the foam with a high speed
rotary tool (Dremel). Carving the letters into the surface of the tombstone looks very
realistic, but does require more time and a few extra tools. Several different attachments
are used including the wheel grinder, router and small cutting wheel. This can be done freehand or by printing out the epitaphs on paper, then
attaching the paper to the face of the tombstone. You then use the rotary tool to carve
right through the paper into the foam. Care must be taken or the spinning
tool will dig too deep into the foam or go off the lines of the design. Finally, to
make the epitaphs more readable, we use acrylic craft paint to shade the inside of the
letters. Black is to dark and the color of the primer is to light, so mix a color
Always wear safety
equipment, including safety goggles when working with power tools
Method #4 - You can also use a soldering or
wood-burning iron to burn-in the words and designs. But you must do this before priming
Mix and match names and sayings as you like.
Al B. Rightback
Barry M. Deep
Barry D. Hatchet
Fester N. Rott
Vlad the Empaler
See you in your dreams
1890 - 1937
1875 - 1944
Do Not Disturb
All dressed up and no place to go.
This will be
you one day.
May he rest in pieces.
Here Lies Mr. Jones.
Now he's just a box of bones.
Here lies Lester Moore.
Four slugs from a forty-four.
No Les, No More.
I would rather be here,
than in California.
With a red head he did flirt
Caught by his wife
Now here lies Burt
I told you I was sick!
I knew this was going to happen!