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Gerard Murdoch

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I made two of these waymarkers for my Camino Amigos. The distance on them is the distance from their house to St James's Cathedral. Just to keep our interest going until our Camino next September 2021. God willing.
 

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Gerard, when you say you made thEm, do you mean you created them with your own hands or had them made by a crafts person? If a crafts person, where did you start to find someone who could/would create them?
 

Gerard Murdoch

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not sure where you are @GerardMurdoch, but that’d be some Camino!

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Just a tad too far, I live in Renfrewshire Scotland, it would have to be a long weekend !!!!!
 

Gerard Murdoch

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Gerard, when you say you made thEm, do you mean you created them with your own hands or had them made by a crafts person? If a crafts person, where did you start to find someone who could/would create them?
It is not really that difficult. I made up plywood shuttering for the mould, with two pieces of plywood inside to create the recess for the tile and distance sign. Originally I was going to concrete them, then decided to use expanding foam. It gives it a nice rough texture. Finally, the easy bit....spray it with concrete paint.
 
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Tali

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It is not really that difficult. I made up plywood shuttering for the mould, with two pieces of plywood inside to create the recess for the tile and distance sign. Originally I was going to concrete them, then decided to use expanding foam. It gives it a nice rough texture. Finally, the easy bit....spray it with concrete paint.
Cool. I think I’ll try it. :)
 

Gerard Murdoch

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Where did you get the tiles?
I bought these from the tourist shops in Santiago, last year. I have no idea if they will survive the cold winter, they may crack. Maybe you can buy frost proof ones.
 
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I have no idea if tthe tiles] will survive the cold winter, they may crack. Maybe you can buy frost proof ones.
I'm thinking that if the adhesive can stretch some and if the tiles are not set too closely to the stone then heat and cold should not cause cracking. I may be wrong but if you pay attention to those details then you should have a better chance of the tiles surviving. With the mojón made from foam instead of concrete then you stand an even greater chance of summer heat expansion causing cracking. For winter care you want even adhesion all around the tile so water can't get behind the tile, freeze and crack the tile.
 
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Gerard Murdoch

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Good advice, thank you. Winter should be just around the corner here in Scotland.☃
We will see what happens.
 

Mycroft

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It is not really that difficult. I made up plywood shuttering for the mould, with two pieces of plywood inside to create the recess for the tile and distance sign. Originally I was going to concrete them, then decided to use expanding foam. It gives it a nice rough texture. Finally, the easy bit....spray it with concrete paint.
Um, what? You mean that white/yellow goop that spews out of the can? How many cans did it take? How did you keep the expansion in check? Did you have to coat the mold with anything so it didn't adhere to the foam? I've never heard of concrete paint. It comes in a spray can?
 

Gerard Murdoch

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Um, what? You mean that white/yellow goop that spews out of the can? How many cans did it take? How did you keep the expansion in check? Did you have to coat the mold with anything so it didn't adhere to the foam? I've never heard of concrete paint. It comes in a spray can?
The tins go a long way. I did grease the inside shuttering as expanding foam is a good adhesive. I was really surprised as you.............concrete spray paint ! yes it does exist.
 
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Here's one we made on our return...the granite post was already by our driveway - so it was easy enough (!!!) for my husband to drill a flat area for the plaque which I had done in the local 'key' shop - and the shell I found in a charity shop!
It still makes me smile every time I walk up the lane....and we have had the odd pilgrim who has seen it and understood!
 

Gerard Murdoch

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That is so good and recycling as well. Brilliant ! The shell is just perfect. 👍 👍 👍
 

JillGat

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2018
I am on the hunt for some!

Hey, Mycroft, if you are also in New Mexico, they are doing lots of filming here now (movies and series). If you can find one of the prop people, they create amazingly realistic-looking granite boulders and cement walls from foam and some kind of paint.
 

Mycroft

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Hey, Mycroft, if you are also in New Mexico, they are doing lots of filming here now (movies and series). If you can find one of the prop people, they create amazingly realistic-looking granite boulders and cement walls from foam and some kind of paint.
I think all that is happening in Santa Fe and ABQ just now. I am too far south!
 
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