The Graves
The Epitaphs
Shirley B. Gone
I TOLD you I was sick!

Here lies the body Of Margaret Bent
She kicked up her heels And away she went.

She always said her feet were killing her
but nobody believed her.

Here lies John Yeast
Pardon him for not rising.

Master Gracey laid to rest
no mourning please at his request

Barry A. Live...
Here he lies

Here lies the body of our Anna
Done to death by a banana
It wasn't the fruit that laid her low
But the skin of the thing that made her go.

All my stones are made from insulation foam.
I first make a full size pattern on the computer and then spray mount it to the foam. I use a dremel tool fitted with a router attachment to carve the epitaph and any designs.
To cut out the shapes of the stones I use a small jig saw which cuts the foam like butta. I also use a rasp and sandpaper to do any further shaping.
To make thicker stones I glue layers of foam together until I get the thickness needed. If I need more than 2 layers I use scraps just around the edges in the middle section not to waist a full sheet. I also put a few scraps in the center for strength.
I finish up the stone by filling in the cracks with wood putty and sand any rough edges.
The stone is then painted. I fist prime them with a grey latex paint. Then layer on different colors depending on the finish look I am going for. On some of the older looking stones I glued on some moss (from model railroad)
To mount the stones in the yard I just used some metal rods driven up the middle of the stone. The smaller thin slates were mounted to a cedar shingle and staked down. Used metal ties found in cement forms make good stakes, they have a pointed end after bering broken off the form and a big flat washer at the other end. Cover with lots of dead leaves.

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