An artist manifest her idea into a painting
and wanted the design to be re-created as an amulet.
To accomplish the effect for this custom Dream Catcher Amulet,
I was requested to cut stones into delicate shapes.
Unfortunately some stones simply do not hold up well
when cut into tiny shapes:
the corners get caught
or easily chip due to their nature.
Dream Catcher Amulet
For this Amulet,
I had to shape Turquoise into a star shape:
however turquoise crumbles easily
once it gets small enough.
She also wanted a small crescent moon of Lapis Lazuli,
also a problem.
Once the design was developed for the piece
I had suggested we shape the amulets “face”
to provide the stones to be set from the back,
giving the illusion of the various shapes
and still keeping the integrity of the stone and setting:
this gives the amulet a much longer lifetime.
A blood stone was also set below the frame of the catcher,
it too has a special custom setting
individually cared and cast for the amulet.
With Phoenix and stones set into the “web” and hoop of the Dream Catcher
(matching the sketch she developed and sent to me),
the Amulet was complete
and now resides in her private collection.
Should you wish to have a piece of your own design made specially for you,
please visit my How to Order Custom Jewelry page.
Circlets are typically “earned” as a Priestess goes through her “steps” in training. The criteria is different from circle to circle, yet the meaning remains the same: it is a mark of success in her training.
This Priestess Circlet is of original knot work: each bend and fold of the knot was specifically designed for the Priestess and was not re-created for anyone else. The central star is the classic woven Pentacle beginning and ending at the top representing that all thing come from and rely on the Spirit. The knot work on each side is of flames, representing the transformational qualities of the work involved when wearing it in circle: both of the focused tasks and the transformation of the Priestess Herself.
This now resides in the collection of the Priestess Herself, the image she took for me to share with you. Should you wish something like this made for you, be sure to see my How to order Custom page.
A young man wrote to me asking if I could make a special amulet for him: a St. Christopher Amulet of a kind I had never hear of before. He wrote:
“As you may or may not be aware, ancient Christian tradition regarded St. Christopher as a dog (or as a member of a race of dog-faced humanoids). I have speculated, as a result of having done research on this subject (one of my advanced degrees in theology), that St. Christopher was a dog who saved a child from water and, in a manner similar to St. Gwinifort, was venerated by a group of local Christians (in antiquity, the acknowledgment of a person’s (or dog’s) sanctity was made from the bottom up rather than from the top down as is the case today).”
He then sent me an image of his beloved friend who had passed and wished for me to give the amulet his likeness.
I was honored and set to work on the project and created a St. Christopher Amulet in sterling silver, framed as the ones in the Olde Days: the central figure of Saint Christopher offering a benediction of peace, holding a cross with the countenance of his blessed canine. If you would like a special amulet made for you please visit my How to order custom page.
Some time ago M’Lady received (as a gift) a special Leather Jacket designed by Soeren Joensson or “Z” as his friend call him. The design was unlike anything I had ever seen. Instead of the typical cuts which make a jacket, the materials were cobbled together into a very unique pattern. It had loops all over it. Years after she received it, I made for her a series of clasps made of dragons: interlocking, solid rings of scales and teeth, wings which hooked into each other and the leather loops in which they were intertwined.
Upon several occasions, M’Lady was complemented, stalked and even assaulted to get the jacket and it’s hardware. Finely, at a Drum Circle the jacket was stolen off the chair where she was sitting: we found it weeks later: stripped of it’s sterling and left in a heap. Again I looked at the jacket and considered: what an honor it would be to be able to collaborate with Z.
A few years ago I was introduced to him through a good friend: Luna Shimada. Z is a force unto himself: For over 20 years he has produced leather and jewelry for bikers and rock musicians such as Ozzy Osborne and the Foo fighters. Other clients include J Leno, Cher and Dirk Losander. Z’s line of “Illegal Luxury Leather” is beautiful: skirts, jackets, vests corsets and more. Be sure to check out his website! It includes everything from T shirts to intense coats.
Over the past several years Z and I worked on several designs: pendants, rings, buttons and other ideas. Recently we settled on releasing our first piece: the Z-Skull Ring. The Skull Ring seems to change it’s mass: when you hold it in your hand the Ring feels very heavy, when you wear it the ring feels light. Deep set eyes in a very realistic skull which includes the famous “Z” logo in the temples and inside the ring itself (accompanying the “Merlin” logo!). The new Skull Rings now available in Copper, Bronze, Sterling silver. Each ring is hand made (my hands!), not mass produced: rare and carefully crafted especially for Z.
Now available only in a select store in Las Vegas and through the Friends of the Desert Pyrate!
I got a request for a ring of gold with an amber cabochon stone. The concept was very simple, she wanted to be able to see a pentacle under the amber. Finding the stone was difficult, the size of this kind had to be specially ordered and cut.
After a lot of searching, I found a source for amber: rough cut at the right size, however I found no pre-cut stones that would fit it properly. With a bit of research, phone calls and reading I began my first attempt to cut amber.
Amber is a soft material: petrified tree sap to be precise, however I was not prepared for how it “changed” my work shop. The smell of amber dust permeated the place providing a sense of calm to my efforts. After cutting and sanding the stone, I used rough and then smooth materials to develop a mirrored surface for the stone: all done by hand. I tested the stone in the ring’s wax model, (the state the ring is in before casting) the stone felt good to the touch, and actually felt like it was emitting a “tone” that was inaudible, yet still reverberating in my workshop.
When I finished the casting and polish to set the stone, the two seemed to be happy to be put together, yes they were made for each other, they seemed to “want” to go together.
The star I carved in the ring’s bed was only partially reviled at a time: the center of the star was quite visible but the amber acted like a lens: magnifying the star so only a part could be seen at a time. However the star had full contact with the finger when worn.
This was a custom, one of a kind ring made specially for the person who requested it, she sent me sketches of the piece and described the materials involved. The Lady who ordered the ring was pleased and continues to enjoy her ring to this day. More about custom jewelry may be found on my How to order custom page.
An important step in planning One’s wedding is getting the right ring. The majority of rings available are mass produced or look that way: “fine jewelry” is considered “classic” in the jewelry industry. A very simple design: a basic shank with a stone on top. If you look, you will find a few variations on the theme, perhaps a little scroll work is added to the head (that which holds the stone in place); but when looking for something unique, it really is difficult to find a ring that is a one-of-a-kind piece unless you have someone make it for you “custom”. Even then when presented with options, a jeweler is procuring a shank, head and stone from a catalog and assembling it for you.
I was asked to create a custom ring for a Bride, however she wanted something both unique and simple in design. Quite a challenge because of the vast number of designs out there. After much discussion, renderings were created and rejected, until finally the lady decided on a concept: a very simple wave cresting over the finger: minimalist, no fancy head, no prongs. She wanted it to look like the surf had caught a stone in it crest.
The design was approved and I then carved the piece making the setting a combination of channel and bezel. The white gold architecture is minimal allowing the amethyst to be seen easily in full view in parts, buried in the gold in others as a wave would crash around the stone.
The Custom Wave Wedding Ring was created for the Bride without a mold taken; a one-of-a-kind piece for a one-of-a-kind Lady. I heard from her husband who says she is willing to present her finger at a moment’s notice, often showing him, saying “have you seen my ring?”
If you would like a custom, one-of-a-kind wedding ring, please visit my how to order custom page.
I received an email form a professor in Massachusetts
who was preparing for a special announcement:
Sravanti Viadya was to take the final leap towards her PhD.
As a special gift for this important event I was commissioned
to create a three dimensional model of a special Protein.
Extended Helices Amulet
Jeanne sent me images of the protein
with the hope I could create a relief
(one sided sculpture) for an amulet,
however she said
“if you can make it three dimensional, that would be better”.
Better is better,
so I made it as a full 3D sculpture.
Shown here in 24k gold.
She was presented with the necklace
when she “defended” her paper
and immediately used it as a teaching aide
to explain the science behind it.
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please visit my how to order custom page.