A gift I made for my Granddaughter:
The Clasp of Wisdom.
This year My grandchildren were to receive hand made cloaks
created by their Mother for Christmas.
I was honored by the task
of augmenting their gifts by creating clasps,
I found myself in a scene from a faerie tale…
In Tolken’s book of the Lord of the rings,
there is a scene where Fordo and his crew were given gifts
as they continued from Lothlorien.
The Hobbits received clasps for their cloaks
each made of a particular symbol sacred to the Elves.
I thought for a long time
as to what would be appropriate for the little ones.
With the two boys
(who are currently being trained as “super Heroes”)
the Thunder Clasps seemed appropriate.
However with my Grand daughter it took a bit of considering.
With two brothers and a Father,
she would be continually surround with with very strong male influences.
With her mother as a counter weight to both opinion and demand,
the Wisdom of Women will be dearly borne,
like a path of fire to find her own voice.
Clasp of Wisdom
It is within the tradition of my bloodline,
Scots use knot work as a way to develop pasterns of meditation and expression,
so I began with that:
each knot pattern holding the significance of thought,
woven about to provide the intricacies of knowledge.
At the point where the clasps meet,
are two profiles of “Wise Men” facing each other;
both in the process of speech;
thus the Knot work pattern is
of a classic Zoomorphic Style of Celtic Knot work.
Each of the panels are complete knots to themselves,
yet by hooking her cloak together
she will be unifying the wisdom of others:
developing a new perspective.
It is “she herself”
that may bring opposing views,
bringing a better understanding and Peace.
The knots behind the heads of the Wise Men
reveal their thoughts:
reflections of their own perspectives.
Truth is a quarky thing:
most of the time we tend to rely on our own perspective
to to handle the world’s challenges.
When one is able to understand the perspectives of others
we may begin to understand the Truth of a thing:
a single eye shows only a single view,
however two eyes provide the ability to see in three dimensions.
The symbolism of this clasp
is to provide a helpful hint
in discovering Reality Itself:
by listening to others,
conflicting views and seek a balance.
More often than not,
the two perspectives will reveal an object
in the way of our view.
In selecting two bearded Men for a little girl
I was attempting to represent what she is dealing with now:
two brothers and how to learn with them.
She will also grow up in a world
where Men will be a major influence on her,
by learning how to cope early in life
she will also develop skills which may
bring a better understanding between the Sexes
in her generation
and in the centuries that follow:
it is she “herself”
that provides the balance between all people
This clasp was developed as a one-of-a-kind piece
for a unique little girl.
This was conceived,
designed and created for my Granddaughter
as a Christmas Present
If you are interested in custom work,
please visit my How to order Custom Page.
I made two Thunder Clasps for my Grandsons this year, each cloak clasp made with small loops behind the plates to stitch onto their cloaks and two solid hooks for clasping their cloaks together. Like the Super Heroes they are (at least to us!) these clasps represent the “Super Powers” Grandsons have to “Right the Wrongs” and “Save Damsels in Distress” (most likely their sister who is out fighting “evil doers” on her own!)
Made in Bronze and currently keeping the boys safe from cold breezes. These pair were not made from molds, each clasp a “one-of-a-kind”. If you are interested in having a special clasp made for you of your own design, please visit my “How to order Custom” page. If you would like to see clasps in my Jewelry Line, please visit my Cloak Clasps Page.
The Leaf Knot Cloak Clasp is designed with a frame of leaf and knot work to look like an arbor. This two sided designer clasp adds distinction, classically Celtic with a fresh look.
This clasp is perfect for jackets and cloaks: it is to be stitched on each side of your garment using three loops on the back of each panel for stability. A hook and eye is provided so the two portions of the clasp may be clasped together. The Leaf Knot Cloak Clasp is strong, capable of holding heavy cloth; perfect for wool or other bulky cloaks.
If you would like to learn more or purchase yours, please visit the Leaf Knot Cloak Clasp page.
I have made various Penannulars over the years, some very traditional, some designed with Celtic knot work on it, others comprised with the knots themselves; but this one-of-a-kind Lute Penannular is the most unusual. Solid sterling with a ring behind the pin head so it may travel around the frame, the ends resolve in Lute Bodies: the frame itself is a fret board. The head of the pin is comprised of the tuning pegs. My intention was to provide a Bard (a person dedicated to music and communicating News and stories through Music) with an unusual clasp which is both traditional and stretches the idea in new ways.
Penannulars have been used by the Celts for centuries: typically to fasten their Kilts, scarves and other materials together. Although typically used by Women in formal attire, Men have utilized them as well. In modern times you typically see these “Celtic Cloaking Devices” when at the Renaissance Faire or in movies, Penannulars have been used by the Celts for centuries, now making a “come back” and appearing on jackets, scarves, cloaks and coats.
This Penannular functions like one of the originals, it’s use illustrated in a short video I created (see the Knotted Penannular page to watch it!). Unlike the old version, I have pushed the limit of design into humor: one can almost see how the strings would “bend” around the fret board and result in a duel Lute, presenting two sides of a story, adding a new depth in story and song.
If you would like to have a special piece made for you, please visit my How to Order Custom Page and you are always welcome to email me!
The oak tree has been important to the ancients through out human history. Much lore may be found associated with the tree in both North America and Western Europe. Many Native American Nations viewed the oak tree as a symbol of strength and supernatural power. In Europe it was revered by the Celts: the oak groves are considered sacred and spell weaving in a grove assured success. It is also possible to commune with the fairy realm through the trees. Native Americans associated it with the sky god, Nordics considered it a tree of Thor, and the Greeks attributed the tree to Zeus. Magick properties of the oak include longevity, stamina, prosperity, liberation, and the Will. Among other cultures, the Nordic legends attribute the Oak Tree to protection, strength, and as the gateway to other Worlds.
In addition to the belt buckle, I have created the The Oak Tree Cloak Clasp featuring the image of an Oak Tree suspended in space, rooted in a rock surrounded by a field of stars. The “shield” shape is that of a Door into the world of Fae representing the idea of how one may enter the world of the Mysteries through the qualities of the Oak. Rooted in the stone, the tree is both contained and suspended in space. Flanked on either side of the tree are stars and the old Druid’s Ogham Rune attributed to the Oak. The suspension of the tree represents the suspension of thought required to enter the door. The back ground of the clasp is textured to resemble wood: swirling grain amidst the stars.
The clasp version has three loops in the back for stitching into one side of your cloak and a small hook to fasten into a button hole made on the opposite side of the cloak for that purpose.
The Oak Tree Clasp is for those who love the Oak and wish to strengthen the qualities of the tree within themselves.
It’s cold! Break out the big warm cloaks! This clasp will help keep your warm!
The Flaming Knot Cloak Clasp is composed of two bold panels of knot work, each made of a single strand forming many tongues of flame, interlocking, twisting and spraying out like wings.
Much like the construction of the Double Song cloak clasp I have placed behind the knot work three loops at the tips of the flames to stitch into your cloak, cape, jacket or coat. Clasping them together at the center are two stout hooks to lock into the eyelets on the opposing side.
The Flaming Knot Cloak Clasp
In bronze it hold a warm glow, in sterling silver it shines like cold flames. This is a bold clasp: 2 inches high and four inches wide when clasped together; and when opened they hang “straight” because of the placing of the stitch loops.
Close your cape with a clasp of fire over your heart.