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.
3. Buckets
4. Trowels, spreaders, etc.
5. Sponges
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.
<p>wow so cool</p>
Just a thought. Should you fill the lettering area with something so that it doesn't fill with water in the winter and crack the lettering or possibly the whole paver? Maybe clear or contrasting colored silicone?
I think the freezing water would be an issue. Since I live in so. Calif., I'm not concerned with that. I did think of the issue and was thinking about putting a stone in the freezer with water in the depressions and see what would happen...interesting thought, eh? Thanks for your comment.
If I make the letters out of something more durable, like cut wood or plastic, could I re-use the mold over and over?
May be. but it would put in danger the edges of the letter.
Thanks for the awesome instructions! Excellent 'able!!
I must be missing some information, altho I've looked twice. Can you explain about the hotwire machine and how to use it? Thanks, Timbuctoo
I would just use a gravel path so it is harder for the ninjas to sneak across.
爱,从你的字看,"爱"可以才拆成一颗心永久爱一个人。 From the word "Love" in your stepping stone is conclude "one" and "heart" and "forever",in China it means to be love a person forever use your real heart. Interesting!
I don't care what it says all of these are simply beautiful to behold and would have a proud placement in my garden anyday. Fantastic job CMan. V+5
Chinese characters are polysemous and polyfunctional, it means that every character could have several meanings or functions (as verbs, adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions, etc.). What CM wrote in his stone is not wrong, that's because 平 (ping) itself means "flat", "level", but also "peace", "peaceful", "make peace", etc. For its part, 和 means "peace", but in other contexts it functions as the conjuntion "and". Why in modern language we see two characters together? In its evolution, every character had to incorporate an "extra" word to distinguish itself from other words with similar pronunciation, to give a more precise meaning or to reinforce a signification. In Chinese language, 和 ("he", harmony, peace) and 平 ("ping", peace, peaceful) have similar meanings, and that's why those two characters appear together in one of the modern words for "peace". The more you learn about Chinese characters -about meaning, composition, proportion, etc.-, the more you'll enjoy your work. This site could be useful for you in order to know more about Chinese characters: www.zhongwen.com Greetings!
しつれしました! As I explained to Misemono17 above, I am a begining student. The more you learn the more difficult it can be to keep from seeing and making mistakes. I often see the center character above in other contexts in daily life, so you might understand my confussion.
Thanks! Good to know. Cman
Very cool! Jeff-O I think you are onto something... if you could make the mold reuseable you could really crank out the paver stones!
Awesome! I want to try this.
Depending on the type of foam that you use, normal gasoline will just eat it up in a few seconds. Wash everything off right after that to keep it from staining.
Awesome job CM. You are my favorite subscription. I love your stuff. Look forward to more.
Thanks Dave. Cman
Very nice.
Thank you. Cman
I love these, they look awesome!
Thanks for the comment. Cman

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