Shown above is a detailed image of the glass “gem” and the bronze casting. I always polish my waxes before they are cast. This eliminates the need for the hard labor of finishing the casting in metal. Polishing it produces a beautiful casting – almost ready to be taken directly to the polishing wheel.
Once the pieces were soldered and finished we prepped them for plating. You cannot plate metal if the stones are set. Once the brooch was plated we then could start setting the gems.
Adding the Swarovski gemstones to the metal brooch went quickly. The next step was to channel set the crystal baguettes.
Creating the “star” effect was the most difficult part in making this piece. We had tried several methods from engraving the star on the backplate in the brooch to painting the star effect behind the glass gem. We ended up painting a star on a thin piece of film that was inserted behind the glass “gem” and the back plate.
To see what the star looks like in real life click here: Carole Lombard Brooch-Kathleen Lynagh Designs-short film clip
Along with Larry McQueen, the owner of The Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design we delivered this “star sapphire and diamond” brooch to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles.