Something exciting came in the post today.
After making my City Of Death style frock coat
, I’ve been after a really good replica of the Artist’s Palette brooch worn in the episode.
I had seen a few replicas around, but none had grabbed my attention.
The paint tubes of the brooch have a very distinctive angle to them, with the red and the green close together and the blue off doing its own thing.
No-one had quite captured this for me.
Then something occurred to me. If you follow my Sixth Doctor costume blog you’ll see I have a special arrangement with Susan Trevor, who made THE ceramic cat brooch proudly worn by Colin Baker
. She makes replicas for me, using her original mould and hand paints them just like the real thing she did over thirty years ago.
I put the idea of the palette brooch to her and she declined, saying that casting the brooch with the paint tubes attached would be enormously difficult, with a danger they would snap off even before it was even painted.
But then I came across a very revealing photo which changes everything.
It’s an unusual shot of Tom on location. Not one I had seen before. But then the brooch caught my eye.
If you look closely you can see the red and green tubes are at a very
odd angle. They are almost going around the lapel - in fact you can clearly see the red tube isn’t even attached to the palette.
Then is dawned on me - this is not A brooch - it is a set of FOUR
This explains the irregular spacing of the tubes - they are individually pinned on best as can be, but not equally spaced.
Knowing this not only makes a whole lot more sense but means it is practical to make them.
So today Susan’s first prototype arrived in the post - and I think it’s brilliant!
She has really captured the look, shape and colours of the original - and looks fantastic on my coat!
Let me know what you think.
I’ll be taking orders for these brooch sets very soon, so drop me a line if you want to reserve yours now!
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