In this instructable, I show how to make unusual decorative pavers or stepping stones with an oriental flair.
Step 1: Materials Needed
1. Form(s) for the stepping stone
2. Cement, mortar, sand, water, usual concrete items.
4. Trowels, spreaders, etc.
6. Cans or measuring cups to measure the various ingredients.
7. Styrofoam or EPS foam (To make letters for the name, message).
9. Hotwire machine...Mighty Goliath! (See my instructable: making the mighty goliath).
10. I Use regular white glue or the tacky kind....either works fine.
Step 2: Design The Paver You Want To Make
I use stencils found in any craft store. It's possible to go online, search and find asian flavored lettering as well! For this instructable, I have chosen "Love" as the project, with others shown to supply details.
Step 3: Making Letters
A. Make a stencil in the usual way, i.e., stencil brush, paint, etc.
B. Enlarge the stencil you made on a copier...check to see that it fits your mold.
C. Use a craft knife/scalpel to cut out letters to make a new, larger stencil. Use care in cutting this stencil, as the "cutouts" will be used to make styrofoam letters.
D. Glue (or pin as I have done) cutout pieces to foam blank-let dry...
E. Cutout foam pieces/letters on hotwire machine.
Step 4: Making Form For Cement
I found a plastic container at a thrift shop which is exactly 6" x 8"-the size of many paver stones. This is a good size to use. You can easily make a form with 1" x 2' lumber, and a bottom piece of plywood or other material. This bottom piece is cut to 7.5" x 9.5". (Assuming you use the previous dimensions).
Step 5: Use Stencil In Mold
In the bottom of the mold, use the stencil you cut to place your design (REVERSED!). This will make it easy to line up your oriental "letters" correctly.
Step 6: Glue All Pieces In Place.
Glue the pieces we cut out on the hotwire machine to the bottom of the mold. Use mirror to check alignment, as all pieces are REVERSED! As you look in the mirror, the lettering should appear as it will on the final paver. Let these glued on pieces set over night if possible.