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?”
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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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From the beginning, Amulets by Merlin has provided a service: special pieces designed either by or for those in need of special jewelry and sculpture. Upon occasion I have the honor to develop these images into amulets and talismans inspired by visions.
George Clark (the leader of the Spiritual Architect Movement) approached me with an image which came to him in a dream: The Spark.
As he put it:
“This main symbol on the face of the ring is called “The Spark” and as a whole represents the Spark of life, thought, idea and creation. The outside points represents the 4 directions (North, East, South, West) and also the explosion of thought and intent. The outer most circle surrounding the stone represents our connectedness to each other and all things around us. The intersecting lines represent our different paths that we all travel toward… The inner most circle which represents enlightenment.”
This one of a kind ring was specially made to be both chunky and light. He lives in a climate which can be pretty hot and humid, so his request was to design the ring with “air flow”, so I modified the ring to have a stout shank (the band around the finger) and an air channel in the inside of the ring. On the flanks of the shank I have opened passages around The Spark symbols to provide air flow to the shank and to the head (top portion of the ring). The head of the ring is domed on the inside, raising the mass of the ring from the finger.
Because of the design’s requirements to have The Spark symbol over the stone, I have devised the stone to be set from the interior of the ring. An Almandine Garnet was selected, however I wanted to provide him the option to change out the stone. In order to do this I created a watch-back setting behind the stone to lock it into place. With the aide of a jeweler, he can change out the stone for a different one with no damage to the ring itself. The Spark “cage” is sculpted over the stone and provides a shield of protection of the garnet.
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A gentleman asked me to make an amulet for him.
In his youth he used to watch “the Phoenix”
and fell in love with the amulet worn by the star.
The Show itself was a “one hit wonder” beginning and ending on 1982.
The show followed the discovery and missions
of an ancient astronaut discovered within a sarcophagus,
unearthed from a Peruvian tomb.
Custom Phoenix Amulet
After searching the web for someone who may provide a copy for him,
he discovered the original makers of the piece went out of business
and the piece is no longer available.
Then he found me.
I did the research and found very few images of the amulet,
every one of them blurry,
Not a lot to go on.
I am very sensitive to re-creating other people’s designs,
being as I create original and unique pieces myself.
After some long discussion with him concerning this point,
I decided to take on the task with the understanding
it will be my “interpretation” of the design,
rather than an exact copy of the piece.
Being as the images were blurry and distorted,
it wasn’t too difficult to add my own flair.
The theme is simple:
the circle with the triangle represents the element of fire
(a classic symbol widely used in artwork)
and a phoenix rises from the flames.
I sculpted and cast each separate carving:
the Geometrical shape is of bronze,
the actual phoenix is in Sterling Silver,
all mounted an a heavy rope chain.
The over all shape is similar,
but the phoenix is different from the original.
This was made as a one of a kind Phoenix Amulet,
no mold was take for reproduction
and now resides on the bearer of the noble bird.
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created and developed
by Kirk McLaren
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The Seals of Solomon are both famous in legend and myth,
yet extremely obscured concerning their meaning.
Typically we hear about them in the Arabian nights legend:
a seal of Solomon kept the Jinn inside.
The Seals of Solomon Bracelet
Historically we discover the source of the Seals:
Solomon, the son of King David who established the city of Jerusalem
and Father of a great deal of esoteric writings and traditions.
Solomon is said to have been given both wisdom and knowledge
and ability to distinguish morally
between good and evil thorough a deeper understanding of the universe.
One of his legacies is what is known as The Greater Key of Solomon:
a series of images containing geometric patters
combined with Hebrew and other images.
Each seal is dedicated to a specific quality and described by the Planets
(Mars, Venus and so on) focusing those virtues.
each seal is to be made at a specific day and time through out the week
and made to enhance or “seed” those qualities desired.
Virtue, Honor protection, Seeking Hidden Talent and other qualities
are imbued by the various seals.
Every planet holds various qualities
and several seals are attributed to each planet.
The person who works with a seal has the opportunity
to focus the virtue they are concerned with by creating
(or commissioning) the seal they are interested in.
One of my most recent creations was to create Seven of the Solomon Seals
on a leather bracelet.
Each seal was made separately with a concho screw in the back.
The leather bracelet was punched to allow each seal to be mounted.
Because of the need to have the bracelet to “lay flat” against the wrist,
I carved the seals (in order) to curved and fit snugly around the wrist.
This was created to the specific qualifications of the person who ordered it,
all one of a kind work with no mold taken.
It currently is being worn by the Gentleman who commissioned it.
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One of my recent efforts.
A fellow who loved the Awens I have developed of Isaac Bonewits
wanted a special piece made for him.
The Awen is an ancient symbol attributed the the Druids of old.
As Isaac Bonewits put it in his website:
“The sign of “the Three Rays” is used by members of the United Ancient Order of Druids, the Ancient Order of Druids, the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, and many other followers of Druidry. It can be seen as symbolizing Sky Father Energy in balance with the Earth Mother energy of the Druid Sigil, as well as any of a thousand other sets of three ideas.”
Custom Awen Necklace
This one of a kind piece is larger,
solid and inlaid with amber.
It was designed to allow the hand carved amber
to be set with open backs providing light to shine through and bounce about,
giving the impression of emanation from the dots and rays in the center.
Three circles surround the amber,
each grooved and filled with translucent enamel
specially mixed to replicate amber.
A wreath of Oak leaves frame the amulet,
hung by sterling chain and wooden beads to accent the piece.
This is a one of a kind Custom Awen Necklace,
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If you have been wondering how I have been spending my time these days, here is the answer. I have been working on a (very long term) project. I was requested to create a crown. Unlike most of the tiaras which seem to populate award shows, this crown was not a “wire wrap” style head piece.
A custom crown for a special Someone
This crown was a custom order made specially ordered by a Loving Husband who wanted his Wife to know how much he treasured her. Inspired by the movie Tangled, this crown was fabricated in brass sheet, all the settings specially made for the central crystals, simulated ruby and sapphire and encrusted with rhinestones. The top is anointed with simulated pearls to complete the design. The inside was enameled to preserve the gold color. This crown is now in a private collection.
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