We have been delighted to work on numerous pieces for the HBO blockbuster production Game of Thrones, a series which any fan will know, is filmed extensively in Northern Ireland and in particular the Antrim coast has featured often as 'The North'.
Far removed from our contemporary, clean lined designs, creating costume pieces for the drama is an exciting challenge for us. It is a rare opportunity to work on a larger scale and showcase modelling and metal-craft skills to an exceptional standard. As a craftsperson, artist and a keen reader of the books (eagerly awaiting Winds of Winter) it is exhilarating to see pieces you have meticulously crafted come to life in a theatrical and flamboyant way. Here are just some of our creations, do you recognise any…?
Margaery Tyrell and Joffery Baratheons’ wedding in series 4/ episode 2, was an extravagant opulent affair. We were absolutely delighted to be commissioned to make the crowns for the new King and Queen of the seven Kingdoms.
Antler shapes were hand cut from 5mm sheet brass, then filed, shaped and textured. Joffery’s crown was made in four sections and soldered together. Silver buds were cast from real rose buds and intertwined with through the brass
Margaery Tyell’s wedding tiara was crafted in the same way as Joffery’s crown, with the addition of copper roses. The roses were created using copper clay, hand rolling and presing each petal into shape and slowly building up the petal layers to form the rose.
Post photography head costume designer Michele Clapton decided the tiara needed a thin silver plate to soften the colours and tie it into the colour of Maraery’s wedding dress.
Margaery’s bridal necklace. This stunning necklace was created using CAD software, cast in sterling silver and rose gold plated. It is hand set with oval and round moonstones, blue topaz and three cubic zirconia.
Not a hairnet of black amethyst as GoT book fans would have anticipated, Sansa was given a necklace by Ser Dontos instead.
This was also crafted in Steensons Glenarm workshop, from sterling silver and rose gold plated. The final necklace had seven cystals, not eight as seen here. And of course that end stone was no ordinary crystal!
The Hand of the King One of the opening scenes of GOT series 1 has Lord Arryn body laid out in state; he wears a Chain of Office for ‘The Hand of the King’ around his neck.
A half metre long bronze chain of interlocking hands, this piece weighs over 200g of solid brass. Constructed by a combination of CAD, hand carving, casting and riveting. Knowing the plot line from the books, we would expect to see this chain appear in a future series
Joffery’s ‘golden’ crown, was made in sections that were painstakingly hand cut out of 5mm sheet brass. The cut antlers where filed by hand to round off the hard edges, bent and shaped to give the three dimensional look and then textured using a bur tool, similar to a dental drill. The main head band was made from brass strip, shaped and textured in the same way as the antlers. Finally the crown was highlighted with amber gemstones to catch the light and give the piece a rich and royal character.
Lanister lion pendants. The lioness pendant is worn by Cersei on a number of screen appearences, throughout the three series. A smaller version is given by Joffery to Sansa in series one, not long before he cuts off her father’s head, charming!
These were created by CAD, cast in sterling silver, gold plated and ‘aged’
Daenerys dragon brooches. Dragon brooches worn by Daenerys and her brother Viserys, we made three of these in total. Dragon heads and silver circles were initially created on CAD, and 3D milled in wax. The finer detail on the dragon heads was then hand carved in the wax before casting them in silver. The swords were made by filing and shaping steel.
Roses for House Tyrell. The Tyrells did not feature heavily in the drama until series three, when they descended upon Kings Landing. For this series we made three fantastic pieces for the tryell charaters, Rose belts for Margaery and her grandmother Lady Olenna and her brother Ser Lorcas wore a stunning rose brooch, which Sansa comments on during a scene in King’s Landing gardens.
Each individual petal was rolled and shaped by hand, using copper clay. The vine work was formed from brass wire and a mould was taken from real rose buds to cast the beautiful silver bud details.
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