The Knotted Cat Amulet
Three cats tied together in a knot.
Sounds dangerous, doesn’t it?
Two cats tied together would make quite a racket! In this case we are talking about a kind of knot work used in Celtic art: Zoomorphic Knots are found through out the book of Kells – a style of art popular in Irish and Scot works of art. It is found carved in stone, hammered into cauldrons and other metallurgy.
Knotted Cat Amulet
This amulet was designed for a friend of mine who gave me permission to include it in my line of jewelry. Here three cats cooperate (imagine!!) together to create a trinity of feline curiosity. Spiraling in from the outer disk, this piece is a weighty piece for the cat lover in your life.
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It’s cold! Break out the big warm cloaks! This clasp will help keep your warm!
The Flaming Knot Cloak Clasp is composed of two bold panels of knot work, each made of a single strand forming many tongues of flame, interlocking, twisting and spraying out like wings.
Much like the construction of the Double Song cloak clasp I have placed behind the knot work three loops at the tips of the flames to stitch into your cloak, cape, jacket or coat. Clasping them together at the center are two stout hooks to lock into the eyelets on the opposing side.
The Flaming Knot Cloak Clasp
In bronze it hold a warm glow, in sterling silver it shines like cold flames. This is a bold clasp: 2 inches high and four inches wide when clasped together; and when opened they hang “straight” because of the placing of the stitch loops.
Close your cape with a clasp of fire over your heart.
I have always been fascinated by hand engraving. One may see evidence of the art on platters and markers as well as jewelry pas the colonial times in to ancient works of art. The process is “simple”: one takes a very hard and well sharpened implement known as a “graver” made of steel and cuts a fine line into silver, gold or other “soft” metals. The way the graver is sharpened depends on the kind of cut. One can go from a fine line to a wide slice depending on the angle of the cut. Often this is used in pavé or other stone settings. The art is developed over years of practice. There are some that spend their entire career doing nothing but engraving.
Another part of my work is the actual design of a piece: knot work is common in many Celtic designs available elsewhere, but typically they are reproductions from the book of Kells. Although I am capable of re-creating these knots, I am also able to design knot work that have never been seen before.
By combining hand engraving and the art of knot work design I can produce unique pieces of jewelry that stand out from the mass produced and machine designed pieces. The latest work is an original knot I developed for a client’s sterling collar.
Silver Collar Necklace
To see more examples of my Engravings, please visit my Hand Engraving Page. If you are interested in having something unique made for you, Please Visit my How to order custom Page.
I met my friend Kevin in the late 80s. Among his many talents, he creates Knotwork designs. Kevin typically creates very complex, free form knots and then tools them into leather for his garb for the Society of Creative Anarchisms (SCA) of which he is a part.
Unlike the typical border work of a more standard, symmetrical knot, Kevin’s style is to create broad sweeps and then tiny inter-weavings to populate a design or free form shape. Creating knots of one, two and three strands, depending on the use of the knot and can become very complex because you are not using any formulas or pre-made patterns.
I had asked him to design a cross for me and he smiled. “I will design this knot and teach you how it is done so long as we call the amulet: “Joy”, for my friend” he told me. He had not seen her in years yet wanted to dedicate the design to her.
He drew it in one sitting: smiling the entire time. It is an eternal knot: one strand from beginning to end forming the cross with the circle of spirit in the center: the “Empty Cross” (He is Risen) design. Though Catholic: “she won’t mind” he told me; “Think of it as a compromise.” Kevin isn’t Christian!
And so I present to you a cross dedicated to friendship and Joy.