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
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.
I make several kinds of money clips,
a couple of clips in my line are of Dragons.
After seeing what I have made in the past,
a client requested a large version
with the Masonic “G” with the compass and square.
Custom Masonic Dragon Money Clip
This custom one of a kind Dragon Money clip
is 4 inches long with 8 mm garnets for the eyes,
spring loaded to bite the bills. Solid sterling,
this heavy version holds the symbol centered in the snout,
just below the eyes.
If you would like to have a custom version of my money clip,
please visit my How to order custom page.
If you would like to see the various money clips of my line,
please visit Merlin’s Money Clip Page.
I was once approached by a client who wanted to have a Dragon Money Clip with spring loaded Jaws.
The original was inspired by the movie Face-Off starling John Travolta and Nicolas Cage.
Because I am very concerned about copy right issues,
I discussed with my client about using the concept of a dragon money clip with working jaws,
but to create the money clip with a different style of dragon head.
The result was the first of my money clips.
After the original Money clip was created,
I received a request for a larger version with a deeper set of jaws.
Flame the Dragon Money Clip
I extended the nose and altered the scales
retaining the style
eye lid settings worked into the design.
2 1/2″ by 1 1/2″ (6.8 cm by 3.8 cm)
deep set, spring loaded jaws to grip your folding money.
made of Sterling Silver or Bronze
Stones for the eyes range from red, green, and blue synthetic,
black onyx, and hematite cabochons.
If you wish to go natural: red garnets and other stones on request.
More: visit my Flame the Dragon Money Clip Page
More from my collection of unique money clips please go to: Merlin’s Money Clip Page
A little while ago a fellow called about my Flame Dragon Money-clip.
Apparently he has been searching for one for some time
and only then found my site where I display other versions I make.
Although he liked it very much,
he wanted a Chinese Dragon.
Custom Chinese Dragon Money Clip
Flame the Dragon Money Clip
Custom Chinese Dragon Money Clip
He gave me the particulars and came up with several modifications.
The horns are moved to the top of the head,
the teeth are more snagged
(a couple of fangs are placed in the back row of top teeth)
and the beard is added with long tendrils toward the back jaw.
It changed the lines of the piece,
and now he is a proud owner of a very unique dragon money-clip!
If you are interested in having something similar made for you,
please take a look at Flame the Dragon Money Clip
and then check out my How to order custom page.
A Dragon arises in a circle of fire,
head bent to listen,
her radiance blesses all around her.
Wings stretching into flight;
tail of fire and flame spell out the artist’s name…
Original art by m’Lady Tony,
original painting created in the mid sixties.
While living in Hawaii in the mid 80s,
the painting had been lost
(a stolen folder of Dragon Art,
each image of a Dragon with the name “Tony” worked into the design)
only a concept sketch survived.
As a gift,
I re-created her Flame Dragon from a scribble in her notebook.
So delighted with it,
she insisted we add the amulet to the line.
A few years later I attended Free Spirit Gathering (FSG);
and lo, there was a painting so similar it stopped me cold.
For a minute I thought I was looking at the lost painting,
it too was an original work of art perceived as a Phoenix!
The Flame Dragon Amulet
I found the coordinators of the event and brought them to my tent sheltering my display of jewelry.
They too were impressed at the similarity.
After a very strange “chicken or the egg” conversation we all agreed
“nobody copied anybody”,
the two artists were on the same wavelength,
from two points of the globe arose the same image.
Tony and I decided to offer use of the Flame Dragon Amulet,
celebrating FSG, providing them a fundraiser for the festival.
For several years I produced jewelry for the event,
not just of this design but others their artists envisioned.
After well over 20 years, I am now re-releasing the amulet to the public
under it’s original name “The Flame Dragon”.
This amulet is for those who love Dragons,
their grace and purpose:
to cleanse and transform that which IS to what it Will Be.
To purchase this amulet please visit The Flame Dragon Amulet page.
Two serpentine dragons in one amulet, facing each other and holding a stone between them; the settings are in the shape of dragon’s teeth. Their wings frame the piece touching on top and below. Their claws weave their magic between them.
Twin Dragons Amulet
This Amulet of Dragons is about a balance of energy suspended in mid air. Fierce dragons are known to fight each other, however these twin dragons hold their own space to provide a balance for each other: recognizing their differences, they support each other in flight, speaking to each other they credit each others perspective. They are the balance of opposites, yet seem exactly alike: their scales, position and movement are dissimilar and because of those differences, support each other. This amulet is a reminder of how opposites attract, how different views expand perspective and how diversity strengthens us all.
The Twin Dragons Amulet is one and a half inch tall amulet is designed for a stone set between each other and comes with an 18” chain permanently attached at the wings.