Susan Hayward's Star Brooch
How’s it Made
No matter how rough the sketch maybe - we can figure how the design was originally created and make it. The initial conceptual sketch provided by Larry McQueen, owner of The Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design was the start of this project.
We had very few studio images to work with, and none of them showed the full brooch. We could tell it was a multiple leveled design - mostly emerald and diamond. And we believed it to be fine jewelry not costume jewelry. Perhaps one of Ms Haywards own brooches.
The radiating star brooch was very popular and finding samples to develop were fairly easy. All we needed to do was find the right color green and then find a gem we could afford.
We knew the brooch had a few levels - three seemed to be the best guess. So we completed the drawings and processed to making the wax models. Carving in wax is one of the lost arts and it happens to be my specialties.