The Emerald Tablet

Today we bring you something that probably will be unknown, The Emerald Tablet. A brief intro taken from Wikipedia.

The Emerald Tablet, also known as Smaragdine Table, Tabula Smaragdina, or The Secret of Hermes, is a text purporting to reveal the secret of the primordial substance and its transmutations. It claims to be the work of Hermes Trismegistus (“Hermes the Thrice-Greatest”), a legendary Hellenistic combination of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth.

Below are shown several translations including the Arabic, the Latin, and one from Isaac Newton. The compact and cryptic text was highly regarded by European alchemists as the foundation of their art, in particular of its Hermetic tradition. Interpreting the layers of meanings of the Emerald Tablet, from individual words to the overall meaning, is fraught with possibilities, but certainly Alchemy’s Magnum opus and the ancient, classical, element system are the basis of any sound explanation, as they provide a key to the ideas of earth, fire, sun, moon, etc., common to all the translations.

Two years and half ago to María Jesús was commissioned to replicate “The Emerald Tablet.” We had no idea wthat it was, but as we like challenges, began to inquire and she found a drawing of the tablet, sent by the “buyer” and we got down to work. First of all we would think how we could do it. Before the engagement we had made a replica of the “Tablet of the Grail” of “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” so we had little idea of how we could do. But this table, unlike the Indy, had the letters in low relief and not engraved.

Our replica is recognized by the International Alchemy Guild, as the “accepted version of what the Emerald Tablet really looked like.”

It was commissioned by the same association to be exhibited in the first museum of alchemy in the U.S., which is being built in the Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California.

Then we tell you how we did it.

  1. The first step was to take the picture at convenient size and engrave it on a “porexpan” plate, (but  mirrored)

    Original
    Original
  2. The second step was making a mold with alginate so that the letters were as they should be, i.e. in relief.

    Molde alginato
    Alginate mold
  3. Once this is done we did copy of the alginate piece in silicone, which will serve us to take the final pieces

    Molde silicona
    Silicone mold
  4. Once we have the silicone mold, we assembled the box to make all the copies we want, (while the mold resist)

    Molde y cajón
    Mold in the box
  5. Now we pour the resin to get our copy.

    Vertido de resina
    Polyester resin
  6. And so we have our copy to add the finishing touch.

    Copia en resina
    Resin copy
  7. Finally a touch to give your final result color with green lacquer.

    Pintado de la tabla
    Table painting

At  last, we have given a touch of powder for look older and give greater realism. And now you know how to make your own Emerald Tablet. Should be in a museum … and thither goes.

Finished table.

Available in our store

Rosetta Stone

First, a little bit of history.

The Rosetta Stone is an ancient Egyptian granodiorite inscribed with a decree issued at Memphis in 196 BCE on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The decree appears in three scripts: the upper text is Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the middle portion Demotic script, and the lowest Ancient Greek. Because it presents essentially the same text in all three scripts (with some minor differences between them), it provided the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs.

piedra roseta
Piedra de Rosetta en el Brittish Museum

This brief introduction is taken from Wikipedia. We will present a replica of course smaller than the original. It is true that it’s not a faithful replica of the stone but the most important is the inscription, though a more realistic stone  is in pending tasks. As indicated by the  Wikipedia entry is a fragment that has three distinct scriptures from each other and although the size of the reproduction is not too large, 110 x 150 mm., it looks very good.

Our replica is made of  laser engraved methacrylate. Because it was that we had at the time. Now with the knowledge gained from our previous work, we are planning to replicate it as the original but reduced. Because I do not think there are many people who can afford a replica of the original size, 1123 x 757 x 284 mm, and weight (760 kg), to bring it home.

Piedra Roseta
Methacrylate replica.

Hogwarts Express ticket.

 

Dear friends, today we present the train ticket to enter the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry . The ticket is made of cardboard and printed on laser printer and ink, jet printer and do get gold effect with a thermo-adhesive gold foil, passed through a laminator.

Billete
Fotograma de Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal

Make this bill is not complicated, as explained below.

  • The first thing is to know what is going in gold and what no, why? very simple, golden things must be printed on a laser printer (in pure black or register black, to avoid dots), as the gold paper only sticks in toner.
  • The next step would be to print what is in black, always squared with the previous good impression.
  • Once the two impressions are made, it’s time to prepare the laminator to pass the thermo-adhesive gold foil. Placing the film along with the print (paper and printed side facing each other) they get close together in the laminator.
  • And that’s it, is as simple as that. All you have to have a laser printer, one jet and a laminator. Moreover is simple.

Here you have the result of the above. Gives a result very cool and the golden glow is fantastic..

Billeta Hogwarts Express
Billete Hogwarts Express