Care and Feeding of your Graveyard Art
We hand craft our tombstones and graveyard props and 2 finishes. The finishes are waterproof so they hold up great outside. Cracks and broken chips are usually added as the “spirit” moves us. Each piece becomes a unique work of art. Mix and match or stay with a theme in your display as you see fit!!
Classic Creepy Stone Finish
This finish is more typical of older graveyards where more modern exotic stones were not available. Drip stains are added to enhance the ancient look.
Faux Stone Finish
This is a more modern take created with several laying techniques in paint with 4 colors. This is to emulate typical marbles and stone used in monuments today.
Mounting your Graveyard art
All of our stones and graveyard products come with at least two 3/8″ pre-drilled holes in the bottom, approx. 5 inches deep. We do not supply the stakes because ground conditions determine what kind of fastener will work best for you. Insert 3/8″ rebar or wood dowels into the ground with a hammer making sure the distance between the dowels is the same as the holes in the tombstone.
When choosing between rebar and wood dowels, consider the type of soil you have. At our house, we have thick clay and use rebar because the wood dowels simply split apart if we try to hammer them into our dirt. Then, simply slide your base (if you have one) and tombstone over the dowels!
For those folks in extremely windy conditions we recommend purchasing 1/2″ wood dowels and using those instead of 3/8″. When you place the tombstone on the dowels the fit is really tight and wind shouldn’t affect it. That being said, we must of course recommend that in strong winds, you bring your tombstones in, but replacing them is easy because you can leave the dowels in the ground. If you choose to use 1/2″ dowels, make sure you apply steady pressure when placing the tombstone because you don’t want to puncture the exterior with a errant shove! (We speak from experience!)
With our placement mechanism, you can get creative and fancy with the positioning of your tombstones. You can make them uneven and cause the stone to lean to one side as though it has been uprooted over time by the shifting earth. Lean them forward, lean them back – anything you can think of.
Storing your Graveyard art
We use high quality outdoor latex paint. Storing latex surfaces touching each other can in some conditions cause surfaces to stick together. All of our art is shipped in a wax paper and designed to come apart for flat storage. We STRONGLY recommend that you store the pieces in wax paper so surfaces do not touch so you can protect your investment and enjoy them until you are a ghost yourself!!!