Each year near Christmas time I create a special pendant for my piano students. This year I offered: The Music Tree.
This piece is composed of a treble clef rooted and sprouting branches, adorning the upper frame with leaves. I am now releasing the pendant to the public as a part of my Music Line of jewelry. This stout amulet is heavy for it’s size with lots of detail in bark and branch and includes a back bail hidden behind the piece to hang on your cord or chain. Perfect for music students and lovers of music everywhere.
Where to get your Music Tree Amulet
More from my Music Jewelry Collection
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Over the Winter, I have continued to design new pieces, some are focused on musical themes.
Music Mandala Amulet
My studies in the past have included the love of the repeated patters of the Mandala: typically a circle pattern used in Hinduism and Buddhism. The word “Mandala” is actually a Sanskrit word describing a symbol representing the Universe. In this case it is a bit of a play on words: when one plays a musical piece in western music, the grand staff holds a description of the “rules of the game” (so to speak) composed of a treble clef, a bass clef and the symbol of “common time” (4/4) repeated in a circle sixteen times in a filigree style. I have provided a “back bail” behind the design to give the appearance of the piece “floating” on your chain or cord.
The Music Mandala is a celebration of music and looks a little like a snowflake, so it may cross over to a winter design, however it also as a floral look, boarding into spring and summer. The texture of the piece provides places for light to flash and catch in it’s design, the filigree provides a lighter feel to the piece, as music itself rides the air.
To get your Music Mandala Amulet, please visit the Music Mandala Page
You deserve a Rest!
An amulet of sterling silver in the shape of a quarter rest.
In musical notation, the quarter rest represents one beat of silence.
These little guys are found in music to help accentuate the notes around them.
I have always though it looks like a little guy sitting down
(perhaps on a bench).
This sterling silver amulet is one and a quarter inches tall
with a back bail
so you may hang in on a chain or cord.
Perfect for musicians,
music students and anyone who deserves a rest.
This piece is a true Moment of Silence.
To get your Rest Amulet,
please visit the Rest Amulet page
More Music Jewelry may be seen at the
Music Jewelry Page
created and developed
by Kirk McLaren
of Amulets by Merlin
After drumming in a drum circle for a little while,
one gets the feeling that the rhythm carries you,
the music swells and you ride it like a wave: dancers spin and prance,
the down beat provides the foundation of the rhythm.
Looking down your hands seem to know what to do of their own accord.
Rhythm pours and spills from your drum out to the circle
only to be caught up and cast forth by elegant hands and prancing feet.
Every beat says: “Joy”…
Merlin’s Djembe of Fire Amulet
A new design from Amulets by Merlin: Djembe of Fire Amulet;
the classic shape of the djembe including the tuning ropes and the shaggy,
natural drum head,
flames lick up the front of the Drum,
the hands form a tongue of flame.
This amulet is one and a quarter inch tall,
carved as a relief including the knots used to tune the drum:
the diamonds, rings and the left over flaps of the goat skin for a drum head.
A bail is placed behind the amulet to be worn on a chain or cord.
This amulet is for anyone who loves rhythm, who create it ,
hear it and dance to it.
Other Amulets may be seen at the
created and developed
by Kirk McLaren
of Amulets by Merlin
A lover of music all my life,
I was fortunate enough to hear Great Music since I was a child
and the privilege of learning to play the piano.
Since my teen years,
I have taught music to beginners and intermediate musicians,
watching the love of music spread through the generations.
I was introduced to classical music first,
however I have learned to embrace music from every culture,
finding country, rock and many other “kinds” of music inspiring.
Although performance music is the “most common” form we are all familiar with,
learning music as a way to enjoy life itself has been my focus.
From the concert hall of listing to professionals
to immersing myself in the raw sounds of the Public Drum Circle;
Finding music deeply spiritual and sheer fun.
To celebrate my love for it,
I have developed a line of jewelry with musical themes,
including both instruments and musical notation.
The Grand Staff Amulet
When one observes most music written for the piano
– or any score which embraces “most” of the notes
– one typically comes across the Grand Staff.
This is actually the Treble (G) Clef above
and the Bass (F) clef below.
Between the stack of five lines above and five below,
is found Middle “C” – found in the center of a keyboard.
This “short hand” way of writing music simplifies the process
adding ledger lines above and below where needed.
Typically the grand staff includes an additional bracket
known as “the brace” with key and time signatures included.
Combining the two clefs into a single glyph
and excluding the brace and the lines,
the piece is simplified into a concept:
the full spectrum of sound.
A back bail is provided
behind the treble clef to hang the pendant on a chain or cord of cord,
hiding the way it is hung so it looks like it is floating.
The Grand Staff Amulet would be ideal for anyone who studies or simply appreciates music.
For more music themed jewelry, please visit my Music Jewelry Page
Pan is the son of Zeus,
(or Hermes or Dionysus);
his mother a nymph
(or sometimes Dryope?).
his parentage is so unclear
some historians consider him Pre-Olympian.
Because of his effect on people
Pan’s qualities appear to be more nature spirit
As an entity,
he inspires panic,
or in the higher form:
The Amulet of Pan
Syrinx was a exquisite water-nymph of Arcadia,
daughter of Landon,
As she was returning from the hunt one day,
Pan met her.
In fear of his amorous interest
the fair nymph ran away.
Pan pursued her until she caught up with her sisters
who immediately changed her into a reed.
In his search for her
Pan noticed the air blowing through the reeds
produced a melancholic melody.
took a handful because he did not know which reed she became,
and cut seven pieces
forming a musical instrument.
Pan has carried her with him ever since.
Contrary to Plutarch,
Pan is not dead.
In Jitterbug Perfume:
Tom Robbins describes the continued life
of Pan and his exploits
as he sailed to the New World
and lived in America….
but that is another story.
In creating an Amulet of Pan,
I chose his musical aspect.
The Pan amulet is not a simply relief;
it is a 3D sculpture from his waist up,
framed in grape leaves playing his pan pipe.
An amulet to inspire a Panorama:
and a celebration
of life itself.
To see more Gods and goddesses , please visit my Mythicals Page
Years ago I had attend a few Renaissance Faires
I saw the employees break into a Drum Circle as the guests were leaving…
I wanted to join in!
Once I got into the business of traveling about to the Faires,
I was able to attend a few and was enchanted.
Then, in the 1990s,
I began to sell my work at a variety of Events
and attended drum circles after dark.
After watching for several months,
a drum was thrust into my hands and I was hooked!
All my music background gave me a launch pad
into the fray of rhythm and dance.
The opportunity to drum with others was liberating,
I found myself being a part of music like I have never experienced before.
Drum Circle Amulets
I met Freedom:
a Drummer who taught me this kind of music,
then Bezel, Night Hawk, Tawny, Kelly and Miguel.
I found it hard to concentrate on my jewelry creations
between drum circles;
always leaning towards the down beat of every manifestation of sound.
Freedom inspired me to create the “Drummer”
The Drummer Amulet
a small amulet that is actually a tiny sculpture
of a little fellow drumming on a Djembe.
From there I created a host of dancers;
an entire set of these little people,
designed to hang on a chain or cord around your neck or bracelet
or attach to a drum.
And then finely a couple of years ago
a young lady requested that I make a “Drummer girl”
and so I did.
Drummer Girl Amulet
The dancers were inspired by people I have seen around the fire over the years:
The flowing Lady,
Man Astride, Amy, and more.
These Amulets of the Drum Circle Dancers
may be used as charms for your drum;
components to your charm bracelet hang on a jacket or as a pendant around your neck.
They are meant for those that love the drum,
rhythm and music in general.
They are meant to evoke exuberant cooperation,
spontaneous creativity and Joy.
Not finding what you are looking for?
you may have something special made!
please visit my
How to order Custom Page
Few would argue about the power of music.
Many times in my life
I have heard music which inspires images,
sensations, new ideas…
My earliest memories tied
to a piece of music,
whether it be a song,
a sonata or
instrument playing in the distance.
Now I listen to music when I am carving,
sketching or sculpting;
it provides more than a background.
More a flux helping
to merge ideas which would not normally go together.
The Transcendence Amulet
is about the power of music.
Combining a Treble
(or “G” clef)
over a five point star.
The Star is a universal symbol
which represents the Ideal:
more than the sum of it’s parts,
it symbolizes the balance of the elements in unity with the spirit.
The Treble Clef enhances the star:
it’s center a spiral moving up,
ascending beyond the Ideal:
The Transcendence Amulet
is for musicians and people who love music
whether it be a Doxology or a drinking song.
If you wish to own one,
please visit my Transcendence Amulet page.
For more music Music Jewelry please visit my Music Jewelry Page
Combining the treble clef and bass clef as earrings
and a sixteenth note as a pendant we have the Grand Staff Collection.
The staff, (or stave),
is a set of five horizontal lines and four spaces that each represent a different musical pitch.
A grand staff is two sets of staffs held together with a bracket.
In the case of written music for the piano,
the top (typically) is the treble clef and the lower staff is a bass clef.
For this collection,
the treble clef (one inch tall)
and the bass clef (5/8 inch)
are earrings with a sixteenth note
(about one inch tall)
hung on a 16 inch chain
(longer lengths of chain are available when ordering).
I described the Treble clef, Bass Clef
and Note Amulet in greater detail in earlier blogs.
All available in sterling silver, the sixteenth note had crushed turquoise in the center of the “dot”.
These are a great way to celebrate your love for music!
Whether you play an instrument,
sing or simply love music,
the Treble Clef Earrings are perfect for the music lover in your life.
To order yours,
please go to the Grand Staff Collection page.
More music jewelry may be seen on my Music Jewelry page.
“If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.”
The Note Amulet
inlaid crushed turquoise
giving the note a touch of the blues
Music is ancient:
One of the oldest ways to communicate is through music.
We find instruments in tombs, illustrated in paintings and sculpture,
written about as far back as 2000 BC and expanded upon
in every culture on the planet.
Music is powerful:
Those who suffer physical ailments
attribute listening to music as a way
to ease suffering and calm the nerves.
In recent studies,
music is credited in increasing brain matter,
developing sacred and serene spaces,
elevating the poorest of us to fame and stardom.
Music is inspirational:
Both listening to music and playing it
has been found to raise the heart and inspire great works of art,
science and literature.
Music has been harnessed by religions
and story telling all over the world.
In celebration of Music itself, I have created the Sixteenth Note Amulet.
This is a sixteenth note
(the two flags on the stem marks the interval)
and contained within the dot is inlaid crushed turquoise
giving the note a touch of the blues.
One inch tall with a bail behind the flags.
To order, please visit my Sixteenth Note Amulet Page
More music Jewelry may be found in my Music Collections Page