I have been working with my friends Elvis (aka @Eric_Ardros) and @karen on working out how to make a replica of the Kolinahr necklace from TMP.
Here is what we know about it so far.
Auction photos and information
The original was sold at Christies. (I have a copy of the catalog, but thanks to @feek61 for scanning these.)
The description reads:
A prop necklace of brass and resin, engraved with Vulcan writing, brass chain -- 24in. -- made for Leonard Nimoy for the planet Vulcan sequence in Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Another appears to have been sold by ReelArt as well (source)
From the movie “Star Trek; The Motion Picture,” this is Spock’s Vulcan initiation “Kolinahr” necklace prop. Excellent one of a kind piece, looks almost like 24kt gold with red resin & Vulcan print. Artist’s name (Marion Woodfield) inscribed on back. This was originally obtained from someone who worked on the film. (...)
From this at least we learn that the original maker was someone called Marion Woodfield. UPDATE: This information is incorrect. The original maker was Maggie Schpak and the designer Bob Fletcher.
The priestess has a necklace with a similar bead
Investigating making a replica
Firstly, and least controversially, the metal components all appear to be brass.
Dimensions and profile
@Elvis has some excellent drawings.
Our dimensional guesses were partly based on a life cast of Nimoy's face with known dimensions, supplied by member Alley at the TPZ.
Hexagonal acrylic = 2 8/16" across
Triangular acrylic = 3 15/16" wide
Vertical acrylic = 2 1/4" and 3 6/16", respectively
Brass plate = 2 1/2"
Crossbar = 6.0"
The originals appear to be cast resin, due to the swirling pattern that is visible in the auction photos.
Elvis hand sculpted gems in styrene.
He sent them to me, and I plan in the next week or two to coat them in gloss urethane and sand them to a high polish. I'll then mold these for casting in clear resin with translucent red pigment mixed in.
This one is tricky. It appears to be some kind of Greek-key barrel bead with corrugated brass spherical beads on either end. Elvis has made an excellent drawing of the pattern
Here is what the spherical beads look like. They are available on Etsy and eBay in may different diameters.
I have searched long and hard for the Greek key component and we've decided that it was probably from a found item from a rare necklace that we're very unlikely to be able to source. So the plan is to take Elvis's drawing and get a 3D model made, get it 3D printed in castable wax, and then cast up a few in brass. This will be a fascinating process, which I look forward to learning with the help of our resident jewelry expert @karen.
The original was clearly composed by different components from various found chains. Any help sourcing these or similar ones would be greatly appreciated!
The quest for total logic continues!