When many people see skulls in flags, posters or what not they either think of Halloween or pirates. The United States tend to categorize Skull “anything” as spooky. Not so! Skulls are being found on everything from bandannas to Hawaiian shirts. In Mexico Skulls are a part of religious holidays honoring their ancestors. After only a second’s hesitation, I decided to give the image a go myself. In fact on of the very first pieces of sculpture was a skull, back in my preteen days. What started out as a Halloween thing ( yes, I live in the States) turned out to be a study in the shape of the head, proportions of the face and a good familiarity of how a portrait is put together. My Mother (a collage level art instructor and founder of the McLaren Studio Academy) took the opportunity to point out the connective tissues, the way the muscles are aligned and how expression is developed with the foundation of the essential bones.
Now that I am making jewelry and sculpture professionally, I have developed an entire line of jewelry based on the Skull. So far I have created Skull beads that can be woven into the hair for those that dread their follicles to a cord, or used as dangles for woven rope or strings. I have seen folks use the skull beads as charms for bracelets, necklaces and charms placed on their drums and other items. Attempting to be a versatile as possible, I have also created the Skull chain: loops on each end that are then chained together for bracelets, necklaces, earrings and more.
Lately I have gone one more step: Skull money clips! One is simply a skull; other versions include stones in the eyes, a skull and cross bone design and a Jolly Roger, the skull with crossed swords. Each with a working jaw, spring loaded ready to hold your cash; I carry one myself and enjoy it immensely. If you would like to see some of my Skull Jewelry, please take the time to visit Amulets by Merlin
Seldom one finds a fierce image of the Rabbit.
In Alice in Wonderland,
the White Rabbit in a constant rush
due to his tardiness of “an important date”
seems a benign bunny.
Harvey (a rather large rabbit) was noted as an imaginary friend
who accompanied Elwood,
sometimes advising him on a number of matters.
Yet for those who have spent time with rabbits,
know they can have a somewhat darker streak.
Bunny Skull Amulet
In the images presented in Monty Python’s Holy Grail,
is described by Tim the Enchanter
as a rabbit hidden in a cave: a grim slayer
– noted by his more ferocious antics
is so profoundly formidable Sir Robin soils his armor.
This terrible beast then slays Bors
by decapitating hims with his terrible teeth!
In other film Lore,
a sector of a Great Rabbit looms heavily in Donnie Darko,
appearing as a huge beast in times of darkness and fear.
But there is indeed hope for the Rabbit:
noted in A Passion Play by Jethro Tull,
the Hare looses his spectacles and is advised by a number of forest creatures
as to why it has happened
and where hi might find them.
it is also referenced in another musical creation by the same artists:
Thick as a Brick (a parody on the classic style of the concept album)
the Non-Rabbit is noted as a transcendent being
who rises above the illusions of Being.
is the use of the Hare an a number for Celtic and Norse mythos
representing “more than fertility”
a transcendent being representing a host of virtues and innocence.
To encompass these
(and so many other ideas)
I have created the Bunny Skull:
Both luckier than a rabbit’s foot
and offering fierce protection,
this Bunny Skull is fashioned in miniature
after the likeness of Frank the Ferocious,
direct descendant of the Rabbit of Caerbannog.
Three quarters of an inch tall,
with a jump ring fitted between the ears,
the Bunny Skull Amulet is perfect
for those lovers of skull jewelry.
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; also now available: clad in 18k Yellow gold and a deep rich 14k Rose Gold. 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!
None like it.
This Classic Skull Money Clip is a deep carving which will easily fit into your pocket and a fully articulated jaw to bite those bills!
Skull Money Clip
This is a perfect gift for those who are collectors of the skull in jewelry and decor. Your bank roll is protected by the ancestors! Perfect for Bikers, Goth enthusiasts and Medical Students.
As with all of Merlin’s creations, these are not mass produced: each one is made as they are ordered and can be modified with your symbol or logo on the forehead (custom fees may apply). To see and learn more or order yours, please visit the web page in my site for more details about the Skull Money Clip “here”.
A custom “Charm Holder” and necklace.
The Charm Holder
A custom necklace
to hold various amulets
After searching “high and low” (as she put it) for several years,
such a thing was not to be found.
Apparently my client had a charm holder made in the ‘70s,
but due to her allergy to gold and the problem of breakage,
she sought a jeweler to re-create the piece.
After sending me a rather blurry image with a written description
I created a rendering fro her approval.
Because of her purposes for the piece
I added the triple moon at the top harnessing a hinge and clasp for the armature to swing out,
change the amulets out as needed and clasp again behind the triple moon shield.
I did not add stones because it would “color” what it is
holding to a narrow spectrum of purpose.
Shown here are three amulets in combination:
the High priestess, Leo and an ancestor skull bead.
This combination holds the vitality and perseverance of Leo,
the qualities of the Akashic amulet of the High Priestess
and the wisdom of the ancestors.
As the bearer of this Charm Holder,
she is able to construct a pattern of influences
needed for a specific purpose
or to develop a matrix of intent
for a period of time
and then reconstruct the holder for other purposes in the future.
Although this piece is a one of a kind,
I can create a charm holder of similar make and construction for you
with your choice of symbol at the top and size of armature.
Custom work is one of my favorite things to create,
so all you need to do is ask.
At last, me hearties! A money clip to keep your booty!
This is an original design in money clips,
like the Dragon Money clip,
the Jolly Roger Money Clip
has a spring loaded jaw,
a tight fit for your folding money.
Eye patch and a knowing grin,
this money clip has character and a heavy feel.
The scimitars crossed below
provide you with a stout backing for the bills!
This way they can stay flat and fresh in your pocket.
The Jolly Roger Money Clip
More pictures of the Jolly Roger Money Clip
and its working jaw
are posted in the website for your review.
It is a rare thing for a money clip to be so striking.
Detail in every way,
solid and durable;
the Jolly Roger Money Clip
has a weight to it
yet comfortable in your hand
and able to hold multiple bills at a time.
If you are a pirate
or simply enjoy keeping your cash in your pocket
without flying about,
this clip is for you!