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Sandblasting Process

Sandblasting removes the polished surface (shiny part) of the granite to show the unpolished granite beneath in varying depths to create lettering & designs.

In order to sandblast a monument, it must first be designed by a graphic artist. The artist will use vector software such as Monucad to create a file containing the lettering & designs that will be sandblasted on to the headstone. Only simple lettering & designs (often referred to as Line Art) can be sandblasted. Photos CAN NOT be sandblasted.

Once the design is completed, a rubber stencil is cut. We use one of our Vytek LSTAR Lasers to do this step we call Vector Cutting (shown below in the STEP 2 image). Next the designs & letters must be hand picked from the back of the stencil so the sand can cut it once it ready to go into the sandblaster.

The headstone is placed on the workbench and stencil filler is applied to the front surface. The stencil is than placed on the front of the headstone and is held in place by the stencil filler. The headstone is loaded into the sandblast cabinet and the sandblasting begins. Once the sandblasting has been completed it is removed from the blasting cabinet and certain areas of the stencil are removed for hand shaping with abrasive air (shown below in STEP 9 image). The remainder of the stencil is removed and the stone is cleaned to reveal the finished headstone.




ABOVE VIDEO:
"Creating Traditional Headstones"
shows
the Sandblasting process step by step.
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headstone design
stencil cutting for headstones
stencil cutting for headstones
STEP 1: Our headstones are designed
on a computer by a Graphic Artist.

STEP 2: A rubber stencil is cut using the computer design & vector cutting on our Vytek LSTAR Laser.

STEP 3: The design & lettering is cut out of the stencil using an exacto knife to lift the edges.

applying stencil filler to headstone

applying stencil to headstone
sandblasting headstones
STEP 4: The headstone is laid flat and stencil filler
is applied to the surface that is to be sandblasted.


STEP 5: The stencil is carefully placed onto the
front of the headstone & the filler holds it in place.
STEP 6: The headstone is moved into the
sandblasting cabinet for blasting.

sandblasting headstones
hand shaping headstone designs
traditional headstone
STEP 7: Sandblasting

STEP 8: Abrasive air is used to shape the
design which adds depth and demension.

FINAL PRODUCT: A beautiful traditional slant
headstone by Sartin Memorials

 

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