In an interview with DuneNewsNet, prop maker for the latest adaptation of Dune, Heidi Nahser Fink discusses the making of the fashion and jewelry for the film, particularly Duke Leto's signet ring as seen in the film worn by actor Oscar Isaac.
When asked if she knew the ring would have such a prominent role in the film as well as her reaction, Fink said, "No! I didn’t think it would at all. When they sent me the CAD drawing, I was a little bit intimidated and I thought, “Why didn’t they just hire someone to digitally draw it?” So I had to go in and deconstruct this perfectly designed digital ring and hand-build it up. I have kind of a funky way of building things. I don’t carve in wax, I just build things out of raw chunks of metal and carve and chisel. So it could never be perfect like how it was on the CAD, so I guess they hired me because they don’t want it to look like it was chiseled perfectly. Hand-carved jewelry has a soul to it.
"I couldn’t believe it! And I am hoping that the fact that it was in the movie so much meant that Denis [Villeneuve] was happy with the way it turned out. Otherwise, it could have just had a small moment and then never really focused on again. But I guess there was just something about it! You really see it a lot and it is like a whole character."
When asked if there was a rush to create the ring for the film as well as the process of creation, Fink said, "The original ring took months and months of work. I ended up making five rings for the film, and I remember them asking “Are you sending them this week? Are you sending them this week?”. I had some wiggle room, but I maxed out my wiggle room."
Fink was then asked about the material used to make the signet ring, to which she said, "It is mostly made out of gold and silver. The Atreides Hawk is 18 karat gold and it has 18 karat accents. The body is silver, treated to go black. There is also an Emerald stone on the side. So it had to be made in parts, it couldn’t be cast as one solid thing. Even if I were to create the ring again, I would have to use so many different parts to give it that pristine look."
Information originally sourced from DuneNewsNet.