Sandstone is a versatile material that can be cut and carved using a wide variety of methods. It is often used for memorials, date stones, name plates and plaques, with the face of the stone providing the ideal canvas for lettering and sunken details.
In order to manufacture a bespoke name plaque or date stone Cumbrian Stone need to know the size of stone you require and what details you would like to be included on the stone.
In addition to sunken lettering it is possible to have raised details projecting from a stone plaque. This involves sinking the face of the stone down around the details leaving them raised resulting in the design standing out from the face of the stone.
The size of any lettering and designs can be adjusted to suit the size of your stone plaque, and we would recommend a minimum letter height of 30mm to allow the letters to be cut to a suitable depth; if the letters are too shallow they may not be visible.
If you require the lettering in your stone to stand out and be visible from a larger distance, then it is possible to paint the cut lettering or detail. This is usually carried out with either a black, white or gold paint depending on your requirements, and should be done when the stone is dry. As sandstone is a porous material it may require several coats to ensure that a high-quality result is achieved, and care must be taken to avoid
getting paint on the face of the stone that is not to be painted as this can be difficult to remove. We would always advise that any painting is carried out prior to the stone being fitted.
Cumbrian Stone can assist in the design of your plaque in order to ensure that your lettering fits with the size and shape of the stone. This makes sure that everything will be correctly spaced and set out once your stone is cut, and we would always advise that you obtain a scale drawing or proof of your plaque prior to manufacture so that all details can be checked for accuracy.