Monday, April 1, 2013

Game of Throne Props

In episode 1 of Season three there's a scene between the new Hand of the King and his son, Tyrean. What struck me as interesting was the wax seal used to mark a letter from the new Hand as well as the handy wax-melting cup that he used.

The wax-melting cup (it was difficult to get screen-shots of it since it was mostly a blurry shape in the foreground of the scene) appears to be simply a small cup with a pouring handle that's sitting upon a simple base. The base with its three posts keep the cup elevated above a burning candle which is used to heat the sealing wax.

It appears as though the candle is kept short enough so that the flame is just brushing against the bottom of the cup. Logic would suggest that when you're done sealing whatever letter or document you have you just blow out the candle and allow the wax to cool in the cup. In this manner any scrap bits of sealing wax could be tossed back into the cup to be melted when needed next.

It's a brilliantly simple design that I would love to replicate.

Step 1: Find a sturdy, metallic cup with a handle that I can use as a melting cup.
Step 2: Find some kind of base that would kept the cup above the flame.

I think that I should be able to use a soap stone oil burner for the base as it's already designed to heat up  a substance with a candle. I would just need to find a model that allowed me to remove the cup at the top - or replace it with a suitable metal cup with a handle.

I now understand why desks were so large in this supposed era - you had so many trinkets and gadgets to use to write a letter that you needed all the space to keep it all straight and in order.
This would be perfect if I could just find a version that has a removable top.
a 1/4th cup, metal measuring cup and a coffee-cup warmer does the trick nicely.

Books from Labyrinth

A new movie caught my attention called Labyrinth based on the series of books by Kate Mosse.

In the two-part series they reference three books that have something to do with the Holy Grail.

I didn't quite pick up on what the books were about save for their titles:

The Book of Numbers
The Book of Potions
and The Book of Words.

Below I've attached screen-caps from the movie of the first two books (the book of words was only shown in wrappings at the end).

It appears as though the book of potions is a coptic-style book where the pages are sewn to each other and then to a cover. The book of numbers, however, appears to a period bind from around the 1200's when the movie was set.

Cover of Book of Numbers

Cover of Book of Potions

Internal shot, Book of Numbers

Cover of Book of Numbers with what appears to be leather straps for  tapes. 

Spine of Book of Potions - notice the tied cords.

Cover of Book of Potions, notice what appears to be a metal plate on the cover as decoration as well as the hidden cords on the spine. 

More detail on the cover of the Book of Potions.

Scan from one of the pages of the Book of Potions.