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G R A PH I C S - PR O.C O M 2 0 2 2 J U N E G R A P H I C S P R O 3 3 GRANITE We really enjoy working on polished granite stones, since the smooth sur- face makes it extremely easy to apply any type of stencil to if you are abra- sive blasting. In lasering, that does not matter so much but still makes the job easy all the way around. When contracting for monuments, you need to have a clear understand- ing of size and weight limitations. Our largest stones are 36" X 24" X 8". ese go up to 150 lbs., and that's really all I want to be pushing around in my blast room. Dealing with items this heavy require sturdy dollies and carts and a blast room. ere is no way you can lift such a stone into a cabinet like you would with a smaller granite plaque. NATURAL STONE In our area, natural stone often means chunks of sandstone which are rough cut into rectangular shapes and generally measure about 24" X 12" to 14" X 8" or 10". ese are nice, natural looking stones but present you with an uneven surface, making it somewhat of a challenge to apply any stencil material. Often these stones are stored outside and are covered with dirt and dust. To use one of these specimens, you must scrub and clean the surface and then Left: A gray granite stone, abrasive at an it a paint or ontrat Below: notr tp o rn rn a ro papri n ironnta rin r prot i i triorat or ti

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