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An Overview of The Most Common Headstone Engraving Methods

Headstones are intended to provide a timeless visual memorial to those who have departed from this life. This is why engravings have been present since ancient times.

Of course, the methods themselves have changed and progressed over the years thanks to new technologies becoming available. What are some common processes used to create a memorable inscription?

If you hope to make an informed decision, it is wise to examine a handful of techniques currently used by artisans.

Sandblasting and Hand Etching

The process of etching a headstone with a hammer and a chisel is by far the most traditional and yet, it has been largely replaced by sandblasting. Sandblasting involves covering specific portions of a headstone with a protective material while other segments remain exposed.

When bombarded with high-pressure sand, the surface of these areas will become permanently altered. This is very popular in terms of headstone inscriptions and it is also one of the most cost-effective methods.

Diamond Tip Etching

Another option involves the use of an engraving tool fitted with a diamond tip. The primary advantage here is that such instruments can be employed to create highly detailed and ornate images. Diamond tipped engraving is also used when creating patterns or images that require a significant level of contrast.

Laser Engraving

Laser engraving is frequently used when rendering accurate reproductions of photographs and similarly complex images.

This is often accomplished with the help of a computerised CNC machine and paint may be subsequently added in order to give the image a bit more contrast.

When these methods are used in synergy with grave ornaments and other visual elements, a truly beautiful headstone can be created.

Still, it is wise to speak with a trained professional to determine which techniques is the most appropriate for your personal requirements.