@karen, @dave, and I are working with the folks at Roddenberry.com to design and manufacture a licensed replica of the IDIC pin for the 50th Anniversary—incidentally, the first accurate replica ever made, to our knowledge. They have agreed to let us document that process here and share our R&D process publicly, with the understanding that (of course) only Rodd.com has the right to produce this item commercially and sell it.
Since Rodd.com is actually able to sell licensed replicas, it seems reasonable to have collaborations with them be an exception to our non-commercial rules here. I for one am happy to be helping with the project just because I’d love to see a truly accurate replica made. I know that other members here will feel the same way.
I know that @tosgraphics in particular has some expertise and thoughts on this prop and has been providing valuable insights, and I would love his further input here in this thread, along with anyone else who has any info to share or any opinions on what you’d like to see in a high-end recreation of this piece. I’m further looking forward to us all learning a bit more about the process of jewelry fabrication as we go, since that is a realm that is entirely foreign to most of us.
Let’s get started with some basic research. The only appearance is in the haunting TOS episode “Is There in Truth No Beauty?”
At the formal dinner with Miranda Jones (around 09:16), there is a closeup:
And some side shots:
And at her departure in the transporter room (49:22), Spock wears the same piece as a pendant
on a gold-tone chain:
The design intentionally incorporates disparate colors, materials, and textures (smooth brass in a curvilinear shape, rough silver-tone metal in a rectilinear shape). Here is some deleted dialog from the script that makes this clear
The triangle and the circle… … different shapes, materials, textures…represent any two diverse things which come together to create here…truth or beauty. (indicating the parts, looks up) For example, Doctor Miranda Jones who combined herself and the disciplines of my race, to become greater than the sum of both.
See this article for tons more background info on the pin’s inception and the controversy around its appearance in the episode.
For the sake of completeness, here is the Theiss concept art for the piece:
The folks at Roddenberry have a replica in their archives that isn’t quite identical to the screen-used piece, but that seems to have the right overall sizing. Provisionally, we’re using that as a basis for sizing of our model:
It uses 0.9mm thick brass sheet
The simulated diamond is 9.1mm in diameter
The outer brass circle is 49.0mm in diameter
I was thinking that perhaps some of you will have an idea of the sizing of other elements in the screen caps above that could be used to double-check these measurements, however. For example, is the precise width of the braiding on Spock’s dress uniform known, or the size of the Sciences division chevron on his duty uniform?
On the Roddenberry archives piece, the brass and silver-toned metal appear to have been soldered at the back, and the pyramidal piece is inset into the brass, with the brass having a triangular cut-out into which that piece seats.
Any input I can use in putting together a blueprint/model would be greatly appreciated! I’ll keep everyone updated as we begin to make progress on this project.