I have already produced the Ouroboros Ring for some time,
however a gentleman wanted to have something specially made
touching both his Celtic Heritage and his love for the Ouroboros:
the Ouroboros Penannular Brooch!
Ouroboros Penannular Brooch
The Worm Himself
A solid three dimensional carving ,
a fully detailed with a traditional diamond scalded spine.
Unlike a Ladies’ Penannular,
this is a solid ring with a “free” pin.
By his request I created the pin without a head like a sewing needle.
It is worn with the ring of the Ouroboros placed on the cloak
(or Great Kilt)
with the needle piercing the material underneath (after bunching it up a bit!)
the ring thus securing the Brooch and cloak together.
This is a one-of-a-kind piece
with no mold taken for reproduction,
if you wish to have something similar made
(or anything of the kind) simply ask!
A young lady who received her degree in Archeology
decided it was time to get a piece
reflecting her chosen field:
a pendant representing a trowel.
Apparently in the course of her degree
she had been doing some filed work
and sent me several images of her tool
with decorated handle of various designs
and told me to “make something like it”.
When I asked her about her choice of professions,
she responded with a rather profound response.
In her words:
“The American Indians,
the slaves of Barbados and the Americas,
the ancient humans before the dawn of writing;
the ones whose stories were never recorded.
The best we can do is bring their unspoken legacy to light
so that we can learn more about who *we* are,
and *why* we are who we are.
Everything is built on the foundation of the past.
Personally, culturally, and socially.
“I had originally thought to buy a class ring,
as a symbol of making it from foster child
and group home kid,
and pregnant teenage mother to college graduate.
But then- well,
I bought that cheap trowel pendant at Jamestown
and wore it until it brought out a rash on my skin,
to remind me every time I felt like quitting school
out of frustration
or just sheer exhaustion *why*
I couldn’t quit and keep my self-respect.
To remind me why I needed to stay the course.
Once I realized I was actually going to accomplish this,
I wanted something better
than the crappy pendant I had bought,
I wanted something that was truly *mine*
rather than some generic class ring.”
I set to work in it’s creation.
Made of sterling silver
with the swirls and other designs on the handle,
I made a small replica of her trowel
one and a half inches.
The handle was fitted with a top bail
for hanging on her chain.
Custom Archeology Trowel Pendant
The piece is now worn by a fully fledged,
real life Archeologist!
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A fellow approached me at a festival
and handed me a very rough stone
and told me he wanted the design to have four basic elements:
a tree, a star and the image of a God and Goddess.
The stone had special meaning to him
He carried it for years
and wanted to be able to wear it on special occasions.
“Just make the piece and I am sure that I will like it” he told me. The amulet you see here is the creation he requested. The God and Goddess Amulet is a one of a kind piece in sterling silver with rough quartz at its heart.
God and Goddess Amulet
The design holds the intent of a balance of God and Goddess
influences born from nature
and blessed with the symbol of the star:
all elements in health and harmony.
He was very pleased.
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I first “met” Isaac Bonewits in the mid Seventies through the reading of his masterwork: Real Magic.
After reading so many other tomes on the subject
I found the book a breath of fresh air.
Instead of creating a mist of possible misconceptions about the subject,
Isaac developed a clear,
concise and easy to read volume which introduced the concepts
gave excellent definitions and ground rules as to what Magic is
and how it works.
Over the years I had purchased a dozen of these books
and gave them as gifts,
loaned them to friends and relatives
each time in hope that a little light on the subject
may bring a better understanding
and thus appreciation of those that are studding the subject.
Years later I had approached Isaac
for the opportunity to create something for him.
He found my work pleasurable and even purchased the Green Man Amulet from me.
I marked that day with pride.
For my favorite author to have blessed me in that way was inspirational!
The Large Awen Amulet
Some time later
I had approached him with the idea to create his designs.
Isaac is well noted for his skill in graphic art
and has developed several designs featured in his site.
After a bit of time he finally agreed
and we began to work on what was to be
the first of several Amulets by Isaac:
the Druid Sigil;
representing Druidism in general and the Earth mother (Gaia) in particular.
Following that he requested we make an Awen,
and the Dagda amulets: Dagda’s Shield
and Dagda’s Club.
During one of the elections he developed a Spells for Democracy amulet.
With each of these designs he worked feverishly
to produce the renderings
and sent them to me for carving.
Isaac’s Amulets are a beautiful combination of design,
comfort and concept.
Through his travels Isaac presented these amulets with his books and other items;
he even created a special portion of his website
to feature the work.
Though Issac is no longer with us,
you may purchase these amulets through my site.
To learn more about Isaac Bonewits,
please visit his website.
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
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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.
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