that is what i have used to compare the two. But i was curious if anyone had confirmation. I have located a dark crystal shard shipped for $120 and purchased it. But it would be nice to have final confirmation.
update the Dark Crystal Shard is much too thin to be the desk top crystal. I am afraid this is a dead end. Unless someone can make one or find the original and make copies. I would love to have an authentic Picard crystal!!!
Turns out we will need to make our own. It was something personally owned by Herman Zimmerman. And it went back to him after production. But to have an accurate Picard crystal would be awesome. And theroretically cheap.
hydin - You've done so much work with crystals in the past, and I wonder if you have any advice on how best to approach replicating this? It's a real challenge to even lock down the geometry of the thing.
Not gonna lie guys, replicating clear crystals is a bitch and a half because of the refraction. "Is that a facet? Well, maybe, or it might be a reflection, or the facet on the OTHER side.. hmmm".
From what I can tell about the crystal from the screencaps earlier in the thread, it's not a crystal so much as a shaped piece of acrylic. That's easier, because you can replicate (or try to anyway) with a belt sander, some elbow grease and some polish.
However, if someone wants to 3d model it, I'll be glad to shoot the idea over to the guys I use and see if it's something they can make. Shouldn't be that much different than a returns design.
What I normally do is screencap the hell outta the thing, load up mspaint (don't laugh) and draw different colored lines over each section that matches up from cap to cap and then redraw it a few times on paper until it looks right. I take those drawings and shoot em to a guy I use for 3d modeling, and he makes a wireframe model, we tweak it some more, and then I shoot a rendered avi over to the factory with the measurements we work out.
It's basically just a lot of guesswork and zooming in for detail on everything. It's a little maddening sometimes, but in the end if the design works out, you can have some amazing pieces made