A few years a go when a fellow (who was a big fan to the Movie “Face-off”)
saw and fell in love with the money clip
John Travolta was proffering.
He asked me if I could make a clip “just like it”.
The problem was that there are copyright issues
and being as I specialize in Jewelry design
I respect the sanctity of other people’s work.
I told him that I would be only too happy to make him a Dragon Money Clip,
but I would not make a “copy” of the one in the movie.
After a little discussion
and examining the clip in a screen shot,
we decided to re-design the piece:
I increased detail in the scales and re-shaped the skull.
The result was a Dragon Money Clip similar in size,
it functions like the original: the jaws articulated to grasp the bills but the detail was more intense.
After the creation of the Original,
another person liked it,
bought it and decided he wanted to “up-grade” the clip:
to a larger version.
I increased the jaws,
added more detail in the scales and flames across the face,
making it more distinct than the original design
and provided a larger bite for the bills.
This Dragon Money Clip I named “Flame”.
“Flame Dragon Money Clip”
My most recent commission is a one-of-a-kind Dragon Money Clip.
The size was nearly doubled
(four inches long!),
even more detail in the scales and the eyes.
Now the retina and the pupils of the eyes are of garnet
and the “whites” of the eyes are in Sterling as is the entire piece.
The jaws are also articulated as the original
but because of the increased size it can hold a lot of cash:
the envy of any High Roller.
I have also created a variety of Skull Money Clips and more,
with stone in the eyes,
cross bones and a Jolly Roger perfect for Pirates,
Bikers and other lovers of the Skull.
More custom dragon money clips may be seen in my gallery of custom jewelry
If you wish for a custom money clip, please visit my
How to order Custom page
The Ouroboros (also spelled Uroboros and Oroboris),
an ancient symbol of a serpent swallowing its own tail.
From 1600 B.C. in Egypt to the movie: “the Never Ending Story”
the Ouroboros has been found in cultures through out the ages.
The Ouroboros Ring
The Ouroboros often represents cyclical or self-reflexivity,
something constantly re-creating itself,
the eternal return,
beginning anew after each cycle.
persisting from the beginning
with such force and quality
it cannot be destroyed.
The Ouroboros has been important
in religious and mythological images,
and alchemical illustrations,
It symbolizes the circular nature of their work.
The Ouroboros Ring
Features a small diamond shape in the forehead
symbolizing the “third eye”
perception through illusion;
lightly textured and smooth for comfort.
Each ring is made as it is ordered,
providing the recipient to request unusual sizes.
To get your Ouroborus Ring, please visit my Ouroboros Ring Page
Would you like this ring modified?
Please visit my:
How to order custom page
Are you looking for some one to make Custom Jewelry?
a piece dreamed of,
or perhaps a design you developed?
I specialize in making one of a kind pieces,
pairs of rings, pendants, pins and more
for personal use,
clubs, organizations and fund raisers;
focusing on images important to you,
designs which reflect ideas and intent of purpose.
Start with your ideas.
If you do not already have an image,
I can create a rendering
(an illustration of the piece)
and send it to you for your review.
I create the piece
to your specifications.
Amulets by Merlin ~ True Custom Jewelry
the way you want it.
This Dragon-butterfly was a special cloak clasp requested by one of my clients.
For more examples of my work,
be sure to visit my gallery of designs created over the years.
For more information on how to have
jewelry made the way you want it,
please visit the Amulets by Merlin
How to order Custom Page.
A classic sterling silver “class ring style”
with a custom tree embossed and centered in a convex frame.
The Tree carved in the head of the ring is a classic “Bonsai” style of California Oak;
twisted and spreading.
With the convex background,
textured for a full High Relief style carving,
yet flush enough with the surface so the art will withstand the test of time.
Custom Tree Ring
The One-of-a-kind ring was made specially for a client
who wanted the heavy feel of this classic style.
No mold taken for reproduction
and currently in a private collection.
If you wish to have something made just for you, please visit my How to order Custom page.
A Thor’s Hammer with knot-work and dragons:
After a brief inquiry,
My client requested “some original knot-work”,
so I decided to use the dragons themselves to frame the stones:
two amber and one of obsidian mahogany.
Custom Thor’s Hammer with Dragons
The two dragons are not identical twins,
each one is slightly different
in both expression and texture,
but similar enough to be presented as a pair.
one of a kind piece was carved in wax,
then cast using the lost wax method.
The cabochon stones are set into bezel settings,
and the entire piece has a soft patina
to accent the detail in the texture.
The piece is now in a private collection.
If you are interested in a custom Thor’s hammer,
dragons or any other design,
feel free to review my how to order custom page.
The Caduceus is the staff carried by Hermes and other Heralds.
A short staff entwined by two serpents and crowned by wings
It was also carried by Mercury the messenger of the gods:
a guide of the dead,
protector of merchants and shepherds
and now represents
the astrological symbol of the planet Mercury.
The symbol is also associated with commerce and negotiation,
printing and other forms of communication.
Caduceus Pentacle Earrings
In North America it is also used as a symbol
of Healthcare and medical practice in general.
It may be noted that in other places of the world,
the symbol of the Rod of Asclepius
is used to represent health care
which looks like a single snake wrapped around a staff
and there are no wings.
The pentacle is a symbol which is also ancient:
symbolizing the balance between the elements
and the spirit in perfect balance.
With the single point up
(representing the spirit)
illustrates the balancing effect of the spirit over the elements.
One may easily visualize a man with legs and arms stretched out:
the feet over the locations of fire and earth,
while the hands over water and air and the head in spirit.
By combining the two images we can see how the concepts merge:
all elements in their place and the communication of Hermes over the top.
By adding the North American view of Health and well being,
one can easily use Caduceus Pentacle as a symbol of health,
good communication and a balance of all things.
The Caduceus Pentacle earrings are 5/8” each
with a small jump rings solidly soldered
to provide security and hung with stainless steel Shepard’s hook finds.
To get yours,
please visit my Caduceus Pentacle Earring page.
More earring designs may be found on my Earrings page
First the word, then it happens.
The crack of the gun before the race,
the blowing of the whistle that starts the game.
A single moment that is beyond time itself,
a single point of origin
from which a flash of lightning springs into being.
Hand of Zeus Amulet
The point of fire now has direction: purpose and a way to manifest.
Although named for the Father of the Gods,
Shango would be pleased to be associated with this piece,
the most popular Orisha;
he is a Sky Father,
god of thunder and lightning.
Well loved in the Lukumí religion of the Caribbean,
Shango is also revered by Efa in Africa.
Umvelinqangi is the Sky God from the Zulu mythology,
Baal-Shamin, a supreme deity and the sky god …
both attributes are the lightning bolt.
Amm was a moon god worshiped in ancient
Qataban was also revered as a weather god,
as his attributes included lightning bolts.
Heironeous is the Oeridian god of Chivalry,
Justice, Honor, War, Daring, and Valor.
His holy symbol is a silver lightning bolt;
the images both look and mean the same:
The Hand of Zeus Amulet is an icon akin to the Ace of Wands:
the place from which such movement springs into manifestation.
The hand holding A lightning bolt
directs and guides it into being.
Good for a “make it so” day:
marathons, deadlines, important meetings,
and “putting on your thinking cap”.
This amulet would be the equivalent to the “Power Tie”.
To get yours, please visit my Hand of Zeus Amulet Page
Also available as earrings
For Mythological Jewelry, visit my Mythicals Page