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Process

The photos and text here are to show the process of developing a custom tree trunk grave monument. This piece was cast on-site rather than being a studio cast. (click on the photo to view a larger size)

  Stone Effects' creations start with a concept drawing. This project began with an idea from the customer and was developed into an approved working drawing.
  To begin the three dimensional monument mold we construct a reinforced armature.
  Once completed it is ready for the first coat of plaster. The plaster is allowed to dry thoroughly and the second coat of plaster is added.
  The textured tree bark surface is added at this time. Ivy leaves and the knot holes are sculpted by hand, of clay, and are attached to the plaster.
  Once the tree trunk model is finished we then brush on several layers of liquid rubber to capture the details of the piece.
  A fiberglass rigid mother-mold is constructed to hold the rubber mold in place. The mold of the monument is now ready for installation at the grave site .
  After the footing has been poured we cast our Glass Fiber Reinforced Cement (GFRC) mix into the mold.
  The concrete is allowed to cure and the fiberglass and rubber mold is removed.
  Lettering, which has been specified by the customer, is sand blasted into the piece and the entire monument is stained to give a weathered aged look. The final step is the sealing of the monument.

 

 
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