Postscript (correction: ‘prescript‘) added July 2019:
You have arrived at a 2014 posting. That was the year in which this investigator finally abandoned the notion of the body image being made by direct scorch off a heated metal template (despite many attractions, like negative image, 3D response etc. But hear later: orchestral DA DA! Yup, still there with the revised technology! DA DA! ).
In its place came two stage image production.
Stage 1: sprinkle white wheaten flour or suchlike vertically onto human subject from head to foot, front and rear (ideally with initial smear of oil to act as weak adhesive). Shake off excess flour, then cover the lightly coated subject with wet linen. Press down VERTICALLY and firmly (thus avoiding sides of subject). Then (and here’s the key step):
Stage 2: suspend the linen horizontally over glowing charcoal embers and roast gently until the desired degree of coloration, thus ‘developing’ the flour imprint, so as to simulate a sweat-generated body image that has become yellowed with centuries of ageing.
The novel two-stage “flour-imprinting’ technology was unveiled initially on my generalist “sciencebuzz” site. (Warning: one has to search assiduously to find it, and it still uses a metal template, albeit unheated, as distinct from human anatomy):
So it’s still thermal development of sorts, but with a key difference. One can take imprints off human anatomy (dead or alive!).
A final wash of the roasted flour imprint with soap and water yields a straw-coloured nebulous image, i.e. with fuzzy, poorly defined edges. It’s still a negative (tone-reversed) image that responds to 3D-rendering software, notably the splendid freely-downloadable ImageJ. (Ring any bells? Better still, orchestral accompaniment – see , correction HEAR earlier – DA DA!))
This 2014 “prescript” replaces the one used for my earlier 2012/2013 postings, deploying abandoned ‘direct scorch’ technology.
Thank you for your patience and forbearance. Here’s where the original posting started:
Original posting starts here:
The new one starts at the top of my scrawl, with the martyrdom of St.Lawrence by slow roasting, and ends with the Lirey Shroud Mk 2 (produced from the Machy Mould). Unfortunately, it will be too long to go on a single screen, so will have to be divided into two overlapping halves, which meet at the midway point. The latter has been chosen as a critical point in time (mid 14th century) where the Mk1 Shroud is hypothesized to be an intense scorch on newish linen of a metal effigy (bronze crucifix?) chosen to approximate a Knight Templar, maybe Jacques de Molay
of or Geoffroi de Charney, slow-roasted in the manner of St.Lawrence.
The lower half will show that somewhat obvious scorch image being subtly re-processed to produce a fainter image on a darker background, so as to make it seem like a larger, whole body version of the Veil of Veronica, as conceptualized and promoted by Lord of Lirey de Charny (de Charney’s nephew?) and his wife with the aid of two Lirey pilgrim’s badges as an aged sweat imprint (to encourage perception of kinship, causal and spiritual, with the crowd-drawing Veil of Veronica).
That midpoint could be said to be the reason why the Shroud has fooled and tantalised generations of scholars. Moi? I was never fooled, though wavered briefly in the late 70s when reading that Sunday Times supplement based on Rolfe’s “Silent Witness”. But I’ve always been tantalised, increasingly so when each new wacky hypothesis hits the headlines (laser beams, corona discharges, collapsing cloths, and more recently earthquakes and neutrons).
Call me deluded if you wish, but I think my two-step ‘scorch to super-suaire (sweat) imprint’ hypothesis may provide the answer as to why and how the TS came into existence, first to serve one purpose, a tribute to a dead Templar, and then cleverly re-invented in its Lirey years for another (an initially hinted-at image of the crucified Jesus).
I’ll add the two new images later, once I’ve finished all the new layout in MS Paint.
Update: Friday 22 Feb: Here be the top half of the new flow sheet
Update: Friday, 16:50. Here’s the second half. Job done.
Here’s an attempt to show the two halves side-by-side. Will it work? Will text be visible (after clicking on images)? Answer – NO. MS Paint has its limitations.