THE RECONSTRUCTION . . . of the prototype
Digitally disassembled . . . and cut by laser!
Produced after countless hours of work, the 3D facsimile prototype was created from a high resolution image taken of the document itself.
This official 2D image was then digitally de-constructed into separate layers, ensuring the separation was as accurate as possible, and true to the image. These seperated layers were then printed as archival giclée reproductions on acid free 255gms heavy weight Somerset® Enhanced Radiant White Velvet fine art paper.
Then, shipped to a Scottish Laser Cutting specialist, under a shroud of secrecy, the separations were cut by laser beam with millimetre accuracy.
Each part assembled by hand!
These intricate separations where then painstakingly reassembled by hand in sections with a very high level of accuracy, the seal tags being slotted and permanently mounted through the main section, the letter itself.
Each seal tag is individually shaped to add form and three dimensions to the facsimile, ensuring the positioning resembles the original image.
The Seals . . . masterpieces, in miniature!
The document’s surviving seals are also created with a fine level of detail.
The 19 seals (8 red and 11 green) are all individually printed as high resolution miniature fine art giclée reproductions . . . creating art pieces in their own right!
Printed from high quality images of the seals themselves.
These are then each painstakingly embodied using a secret technique using archival materials, then hand sculpted with fine art clay to add three-dimensional realism.
Hand painted with fine art acrylics - creating an ancient wax effect - the printed seals are then protected with multiple coats of conservation gloss varnish, creating a subtle reflective quality which catches the light.
The seals are then accurately positioned and permanently attached to the seal tags of the reproduction.
Crown copyright, National Records of Scotland, SP13/7
Images on this page show the development of the initial prototype
See Galleries for images of the
final and now published facsimile, with sculpted seals