Fire and water have a tendency to cancel each other out,
yet we see this surprising combination in a multitude of forms.
The balance of a caldron over a fire is a great example:
the element of fire is beneath a body of water,
an elemental balance between forces:
the fire too low and the caldron will remain cold;
the fire too high and the water will boil over and extinguish the flame.
When working with opposites,
it is a question of balance:
heating the water until it goes from liquid to a gas:
transforming it as Elemental fire often does.
In a grand scale: stars
are a liquid-fire (plasma) form of Hydrogen
(the most plentiful substance in the known Universe).
Through heat and pressure the “gas” becomes liquid flame
and crushes the molecules into new forms of matter
only to explode out into surrounding space as a Nova.
Cascading into the surrounding space as iron,
gold and many other forms of mater.
We see this time and again:
leaves immersed in the medium of water
with the aide of fire’s trans-formative qualities to make a simple cup of tea.
The Moon Flame Amulet
On a cold winter evening,
I found myself musing over the mixture of images:
the flame of transformation
and the Moon representing the tides of our watery oceans
sculpted a tiny piece:
a crescent moon gilded by flame
solidified in sterling silver:
the Moon Flame Amulet.
The flame is “almost” many things..
do you see a face?
a figure dancing in the light?
The Moon Flame is ever-changing…
In previous articles I described the Pentacle in detail. Basally the Pentacle is a common shape in nature which was replicated in art and Symbology for centuries. In early art it gained significance and represented balance, strength, endurance and that which is sacred to people everywhere. Only in the recent century has it been tarnished by those who do not understand Symbology and it is mistaken for other things.
Small Pentacle with Moon Stone.
In celebration of this beautiful shape, I have made several interpretations of this star, some extremely ornate. In this version I have created the Pentacle in it’s most basic shape: a woven five pointed star set into a circle. In the center I have placed a moon stone, a mineral which seems to be solidified moon light: the Romans and Greeks associated Moonstone with their lunar gods and goddesses.
This tiny Pentacle with Moon Stone is sleek and sturdy for years of wear. The moon stone is set in a bezel setting for comfort and security. To learn more about this amulet, lease visit my web page featuring the Small Pentacle with Moon Stone.
If you cannot find the Pentacle you are looking for, have no fear. I can create your design by way of your drawings or description. More information may be found at Amulets by Merlin Custom Page.
Gazing at the fire,
watching the sparks and tongues of flame
dance in the inferno of the hearth or bonfire,
I find myself seeing images of beings dancing in the flames.
Inspired by these images
I created the Pixie Flame Chain,
tiny links in the form of the pixies
offered now as charms or amulets:
one of the is The Fire Pixie Amulet.
An inch an inch and a half long (about 4 cm)
she is caught in sterling silver.
Her hair develops the loop behind her head as she turns to face you;
made of flame, trailing down past where her feet would be
(if she was human)
and shape a loop beneath.
Her shape suggests a human form,
but she is a flame creature
and looks like she would morph into something different
at any second.
For the amulet I have placed a jump ring,
left the bottom link intact.
Some have used it to suspend other things off of their pixie:
beads and other keep-sakes.
Others have worked it in as a component to their own creations.
I make a variety of pixies which may be seen in my website,
each found in the Flame Pixie Chain
(or bracelet) or to accent the Fire Chain;
both are made of separately sculpted links of silver in the form of fire.
These are made as they are ordered and may be created to your specification.
More about hand-made chain may be found in the chain section of my web site.
Through out the World, the Fox has gained a reputation in song and story. Many cultures have attributed qualities to the Fox which are quite similar.
The Fox as a totem suggests Magic, Shape-shifting and Invisibility. In China they are thought to take human form, Egyptian lore suggests the Fox brought favor from the Gods. In Persia the Fox assists the dead to the next life. In North America both the Hopi and Cherokee attribute great healing powers to the Fox. In the lore of the Apache it was the Fox who brought Fire to Humans.
The Fox is revered because of his/her ability to hide in plain sight: in the shadows of perception, thus the Fox lives on the edge of Faerie “between time and space”. The Fox may assist one to the realms beyond normal experience, thus it is the Fox who may guide you in places unknown and little understood.
In celebration of the Fox, I have created the Fox Amulet, quietly sitting, patiently waiting for you to notice, giving you a wink when you do. The Fox Amulet is a smaller piece, only 3/4” tall, yet it is heavier than it appears. A small back bail for a light chain or cord is behind his head.
To learn more about the Fox Amulet, please visit the Fox Amulet Webpage.
Other Amulets may be seen at the
created and developed
by Kirk McLaren
of Amulets by Merlin
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.
If you are interested in having something special made,
please visit my how to order custom page.
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.
If you have a design for a special piece, feel free to view my How to order Custom page in my website.