May 18, 2015

Clothing of the High Priest


After almost three years of work, I have finally finished the clothing of the High Priest. I hope to upload several videos in the next few months, but wanted to at least get these pictures up so people can see the final outcome. I will make a few more minor changes (such as a new crown with ancient Hebrew, possibly some new stones, gold leafing the bells, etc.) but it is close enough.

Full outfit on my paper-mache mannequin
Breastplate of the Jewish High Priest
Crown of the Jewish High Priest
Shoulder stone with 6 of the 12 tribes of Israel engraven on the stone

36 comments:

  1. Can I purchase the head wear? If so how much would it be?

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    1. Assuming you are talking about the turban, it is just a strip of long cloth wrapped around the head, so I don't sell that. As for the crown, I don't really sell them as they take quite a while to make.

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  2. Ok... Where can i purchase the cloth and the golden plate ?

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    1. The cloth is linen, cut into a strip. You can buy this at Joanns (you will have to cut it and hem it). The golden plate is made from a piece of red brass. You have to cut that down as well, engrave the letters, and then punch 2 holes in the side for the blue ribbon. Here is a link showing a few more details of how I made the crown. http://redeemer-of-israel.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-crown-of-jewish-high-priest.html

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  3. Do you sell the Breastplate, or at least instructions on how to make it, I have searched and searched for an ephod and breastplate to purchase with no luck, I may say your representations of the garments are terrific.

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    1. The main challenge is the stones. It took me six months to find someone to cut the first set, and then about a year for him to actually cut a set. I have found two others who have said they are willing to cut stones, but nothing yet. The cost also just for the stones is around $500-1000, let alone anything else. The fabric for the breastplate is not too difficult, but the ephod is quite a bit of work. I have considered selling, but it would be in the $1000s, which most people don't want to pay. The reason most people don't go to the effort I have is because of the time and cost.

      If you want to make your own, I have quite a bit of instructions on my blog. Just search for all of the posts with high priest and you can see the process for much of it. I am more than happy to fill in the gaps as well when you need advice on how to do something. If cost is not an issue, then I could put some prices together, but again, most people just don't want to pay for the actual time it takes to make.

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  4. What's the thickness of the red brass for the golden plate? And what tools did you have to use for cutting, and puncturing holes on sides?

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    1. Why don't you give me your email, and I can email you some of the notes (including links) to help with this. I'll delete your email from the comments once you post it. I think I can give you a lot more info that way.

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    2. I'll need to check on the red brass. I had to special order it from a company. I used metal sheers I got at HomeDepot to cut (make sure to buy smooth blade ones). I bought a large hole punching set on ebay from China to cut the hole for the crown.

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  5. How much would it cost for you to make one for me?

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    1. Not really selling mine at this point. It took me two years to make, so I'm not looking to commit to a project like that till I can figure a way to do it more effectively. I am looking for options, but even then, it still will likely be $6,000-$8,000. Sadly, it is a very time intense, and costly outfit.

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  6. Absolutely stunning!!! thank you for sharing these images. I am very interested in buying the breastplate. I would make one but I simply do not have the time at the moment. I am contently traveling and in service to the Lord. I will pay your price so that you can also make another and compensated for time. Praise be to the Most High God.

    Saintmelchizedek@gmail.com

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    1. Sorry, the breastplate is not for sale. I use it far too much, and it is far too valuable for me to sale.

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  7. I would really love to make one of these. i would like some advice on materials for the fabrics and how to make them. Also, where to get the needed materials with a list of them. Thank you brother.

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    1. If you search my blog for high priest, I have quite a few posts about the process I took to make the clothing. The colorful fabric was hand loomed, while the rest is just made from linen. The most dificult part is the ephod and breastplate. Stones are hard to purchase, as few stone cutters are willing to take on a project such as this, so I would start there. Begin looking around for rock shops that do custom work and see if you can find someone that is willing to cut a set. If you have questions along the way, I'm happy to help.

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    2. Thank you and especially for the quick reply

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    3. one last question, what are the dimensions of the stones (presuming that they all are the same size)

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    4. The Bible does not give a size. The ones I made for the breastplate were 30x40 cm and the shoulder stones are 40x50 cm. You could really do whatever size you want, I just liked having larger stones.

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    6. Okay, that really helps. Lastly what stones did you use. there are many interpretations, but i find your arrangement more appealing than others I've seen.

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    7. I followed the stones listed on this website. There is a lot of debate, and I figured they had done their homework. We really don't know for sure, but this was close enough. I did change the order of the stones, though I may change it again on a future set. http://www.templeinstitute.org/beged/priestly_garments-7.htm

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    8. Okay, thank you once again!

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    9. Where did you get the stone settings? or did you make them yourself?

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    10. I made the stone settings myself from two pieces of red brass, one for the base (with the holes that are sewn onto the fabric) and a second for the actual stone. The second piece folds around the stone (I cut four notches out of the corners and folded the edges up like a box around the stone). I then attached the base to the folded box sheet by glue and threads.

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  9. Hello, Daniel. I'm so thankful that I came across your website as I working with someone who has spent a number of months trying to find someone to create the priestly garment for a tabernacle replica. Is it possible to speak with you via telephone?

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  10. Hi Daniel thanks you for al the help you have given everyone. I would Love to make the whole garment but that especially the breathplate
    I have a workshop with al the necessary tools and someone to polish or cut the stones and would love to make more that one set. I kindly ask you to asist me in his project and then se can offer them to God’s ministries. Thanks

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  11. Alfredo, I'm happy to help if I can. What specifically are you looking for in help? Do you have someone that can do the fabric as well, the fabric and stones are the most challenging parts.

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  12. AnonymousMay 09, 2018

    Would it be possible to use your ephod(breastplate image) for a banner we are making for our church? Thank you.

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    1. What is the context of the banner? I don't really normally give out high resolution images without a fee.

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    2. AnonymousMay 10, 2018

      We are making banners for the twelve tribes to hang in our sanctuary. Need an image for Levi, so the breastplate(ephod image).

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    3. If you want a high resolution image, you will need to pay a fee ($40 per image) and then agree not to distribute the image in anyway. If you want to use the one from this blog (which is not high resolution) you are fine to do that.

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    4. AnonymousMay 18, 2018

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    5. Just sent an email, and I deleted your last post with your email address (so it is not online).

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  13. Hey there - fellow LDS blogger here. Do you mind if I use these images on my blog? I'm using them to tie the angel's vesture from "The Apocalypse of Abraham" to the High Priest's vesture. These are the very best pics I could find! Thank you! I will post a caption giving credit to your blog.

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    1. If you link to my original blog and images and don't alter the image (cropping the image, or making any edits) you are welcome to use the image. Thanks for asking, and glad you like them!

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