(sorry for the order. I tried to rearrange the pics but they wouldn't budge).
Step 1: Materials I Found to Make This Project
Next I found something called Faux Stone paint. This stuff is really cool! When I purchased it I figured "Well maybe it will look like a grave stone at night with a black light shining on it." I was pleasantly surprised to find that as I sprayed the product on the quality of the finish and how it took on a real stone look. By the end of this project I was really hurting from the strain of patting myself on the back over this one!
Step 2: Construction
Next I used the soldering iron first removing the tip. I did not want tiny lettering and I did not want it cutting thru to the other side. Please note that you can use some tiny scraps to get an idea of what it takes to carve letters in Styrofoam. Also cardboard can be used to layout the words you intend to put whether it be a phrase or just a name. And you will want to center your words.
Once the lettering is complete it's time to prime your headstones. Unpack your roller and one of the brushes. The brush will be used to fill in the crevasses missed by the roller (below right) and to remove any pools of paint at the bottom of the letters. Remember to paint both sides and edges to form an even coat. Set the pieces as you complete them in the sun to dry.
Step 3: Applying Stone Finish
And don't forget to spray lightly inside the lettering being careful not to let the paint to pool. If for some reason it does you can knock it down some with one of the brushes you purchased earlier.
Inspect your work and set it aside to dry for several hours. Once your project is dry inspect it to see if you need to touch up a spot or two, but remember, it will be dark and a few imperfections probably won't even show. Next get some flat stone and lay them about in front and back of the grave stone to support. I had some metal stakes I cut up to put them in the ground. I still need the rock in front and back for support to limit movement from the wind.
And this is a close up of the completed project. I lit each stone from the left with a 40 watt orange spot light, and pointed a 75 watt Black light straight on. This picture doesn't show the depth really well but the Blacklight was actually back 3ft and not right up on the object as it appears to be in this photo.
-The Grumpy Gnome-
Step 4: Materials List
Faux Stone paint
Sharp Razor (for cutting out the shapes)
Fat bullet tip marker
10 steel rods.
Styrofoam cutter (used to cut the Styrofoam but to make the letting too.)
Soldering Iron (this is what I used to create the lettering)
Cotton cob webbing
Square (to keep the lettering straight and to line up the arches if you are cutting free form)
Sturdy work surface
One - two days depending on if you start early, the temperature and humidity of your locale.
Remember, you must give the primer coat plenty of time to dry before moving to the next step of spray painting.
Warning: spray paint is flammable; this project needs to be done in an open area with plenty of circulation and No open flames.