I came up with this method to embed pet portraits into concrete. It is a way to make a permanent piece of art to display wherever you would choose to place it. I have had acrylic lettering and paintings survive for several years outdoors and with a little care, they should last 10 years or more.
Step 1: Gather Materials Needed
Few materials are needed for this project:
1. Hotwire machine
2. Concrete mix
3. Container for mixing concrete.
4. Art supplies
5. Styrofoam sheet
7. Molds of choice. (I used a cake pan for this project.)
Step 2: Prepare Name and Portrait
First I needed to cut some styrofoam to size wanted. I used the hotwire machine to slice the foam to about 1/4 inch. Letters for the name and the portrait itself can be cut from this piece.For complete instructions on styrofoam lettering, see my instructable :http://www.instructables.com/id/Hotwire-magic-The-Art/
Step 3: Layout Cutout Pieces In the Form You Will Use
I place the finished portrait and the letters into the mold when ready. I have used paper in the mold to glue the letters and picture to as a safeguard to prevent styrofoam pieces from floating up into the concrete. Using white glue, the letters and or picture can be glued to the metal, but is not as secure as the paper method.