Send a Raven (Part Two): Iron Throne Chalice Production

As we travel along the road leading up to the finale, we wanted to answer some questions about our Game of Thrones collection to try and ease your hiatus anxiety.

Posted by Lydia Sykes on 25/02/2019

The countdown has been activated and in just under two months our lives will be overrun with Dragons, Battles and the true owner of the Iron Throne, as we welcome the final season of Game of Thrones.

Who will claim the Iron Throne? Will the Night King be defeated? What will become of Westeros? The questions we need answering are endless!

As we travel along the road leading up to the finale, we wanted to answer some questions about our Game of Thrones collection to try and ease your hiatus anxiety.

Making its debut in our Autumn 2017 catalogue, our Game of Thrones merchandise was eagerly anticipated by our team and customers, especially after months of research, design and sculpting!

Knowing what a huge following the series has, we needed to create a cohesive range that not only captured the true essence of the show but also looked elegant and stylish. Studying the themes from the show and building on these, we successfully compiled a range of products that cater to every loyal fan, from Kings Landing to the Iron Islands.

Following the success of our first wave of products, we have recently released a new Chalice and assortment of Shot Glasses (with more products ready for our next announcement!)

Image of the Game Of Thrones Iron Throne Chalice Concept artOur Iron Throne Chalice debuted, last month, in our January 2019 catalogue. Differing in shape to our usual Goblets, this piece forms a focal point in the range. As with all of our exclusively designed products our creation process starts with idea and concept artworks. Knowing what a big part the Throne plays in the beloved series, this definitely needed to be reincarnated within our work.

Image of the Game Of Thrones Iron Throne Chalice 3D Digital ModellingOnce the artwork has been fine-tuned it is sent to HBO for approval. Knowing the series inside and out, they make the final decision on any artworks that are submitted by our designers. If we have the green light it is time to turn the images into 3D prototypes.

Image of the Game Of Thrones Iron Throne Chalice 3D PrintingUsing a combination of 3D Printing and traditional hand sculpting, the 2D product design is turned into a 3D sculpture, using both science and exquisite craftmanship. Taking every single detail of the art, the 3D Sculptors intricately lift the image until a model can be printed using a state-of-the-art 3D printing machine.

Image of the Game Of Thrones Iron Throne Chalice Traditional SculptingTraditional sculpting is used to embellish the product.  With hand sculpted adornments, we can successfully achieve a look that is both sleek yet also rustic. Adding delicate details with this method creates a characteristic that cannot be obtained through 3D printing, making the piece return to life (much like the white walkers beyond the wall).

Image of the Game Of Thrones Iron Throne Chalice Hand PaintingAfter being cast in the finest Bronze resin, it is time for the final step. Each of our products is lovingly hand-painted to ensure that the finest finish is achieved. Using a multitude of different colours and techniques, the final product must bring to life the vision of our initial designs. Every stage of the process is reviewed and critiqued by our expert product developers, working alongside HBO throughout, to ensure that the finished creation is perfect for release. 

Image of the Game Of Thrones Iron Throne Chalice Packaging

As one journey ends, another begins and contrary to popular belief our watch is far from over. Our talented Graphics Designer then creates bespoke packaging for each piece. Overlaying the map of Westeros with product images and the iconic Game of Thrones logo, they create an artistic accompaniment that can be treasured alongside the Chalice.

Image of the Game Of Thrones Iron Throne Chalice Lifestyle Photography

Nearing the end of our watch, photography is the final stage before release. Taking clean images of the product allows you to see every detail without needing to leave the comfort of your home and by browsing our website, you can view each angle of the product in its full, unfiltered glory. This also gives our retailers access to high-quality images to add to their own domains, making their lives a little easier. To add a touch of creative design we also use lifestyle imagery to stimulate your senses. Creating themed scenes adds depth to the piece and also allows you to gain some inspiration for displays within your own realm. These images are then utilized within our bi-annual catalogue to showcase the product’s beauty without the need to see the physical artefact.

Although not forged from Valyrian Steel, our Game of Thrones Iron Throne Chalice is cast in high-quality resin and features a stainless-steel insert for ease of cleaning. Allowing everyone, from Maesters to Kings, Lords to Wildlings, to possess their own piece of the most iconic series of the 21st century.

To view our exclusive Iron Throne Chalice, in addition to the rest of our growing collection, head over to the website via this link.

And now our watch has ended...

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