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The following discussion started a number of years ago when member JCarey asked for ideas to construct an Empty Tomb scene for their church.

JCarey's original question was whether or not anyone had used "resin" or "foams" like some theater companies do to make large light structures. Jean also considered making it out of chicken wire and paper machete.

Several responses to the original question reveal a number of possible materials depending on your needs.

You can find a more detailed discussion of "Empty Tomb" building techniques in our Empty Tomb Stories Forum!

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Furniture foam works too.
You can glue large sheets of it to your structure, then pull/slice/carve out chunks to make it look rocky. Then spray paint a little grey and dark grey.

You can see more ideas on building a tomb and also a picture of a furniture foam TOMB at https://www.rotation.org/topic...rection-sceneryprops

Neil

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Just thought I would share that we ended up creating a fabulous tomb scene using about 5 4x8 sheets of the cheap white foam used for insulating. Broke some pieces in various geometric shapes and then broke off all sharp artificial looking edges and then roughed up flat surface by scrapping a knife across the surfaces.

We taped some large sheets together on back with duct tape and carved a large entry hole in the middle. After carving the various shapes we puzzled them back on and spray glued them to the base form, we reinforced some with wooden meat skewers forced in at angles (we were going to be moving this piece so it need the extra support).

We then spray painted it using regular water-based spray paint in two shades close to each other. The whole thing was sprayed first with the light color and then each stone was spray painted around the edges with the darker color.

Then we tucked in a bit of moss and a few plants along the top level, painted the inside black and we were done. It turned out great and if someone needs a photo to visualize, I will be glad to send one.

Thanks for the help!

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My husband, the model railroader, uses the plaster coated gauze that doctors use for casts to build mountains and tunnels. It is flexible when wet and will drape over anything. You can paint it with anything you want when it has dried and hardened.

PS if you have any model railroaders in your congregation, they would probably LOVE Big Grin

to show off their scenery making talents.

Lisa

You can find a more detailed discussion of "Empty Tomb" building techniques in our Empty Tomb Stories Forum!

If you have more to add on this subject, post it there!

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