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.
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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
A bee rests on a musical notation: the Flat. This carving of a bee poised on the flat sign may be worn as a pendant: the jump ring is hung from her antennae.
The Flat Symbol is used in musical notation to indicate the note being played is to “go down” (in tone) one half step. In a key signature, a single B Flat is the key of “F” or “D” minor.
I have a hive in my yard and have been fascinated by the Bees tending our gardens over the past couple of years. This is my First “Bee Jewelry” offering.
One inch tall, available in Silver or Bronze.
This musical amulet was originally designed as a gift I created for my piano students and the dear ones in my family for Yule.
After waiting a few months I have decided to offer this piece as a part of my musical line of jewelry.
To get yours, please visit my Bee Flat Amulet page,
More musical notation jewelry may be found on my Music Jewelry Page.
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.
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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
Brand New from Amulets by Merlin! A piece of jewelry celebrating the universal symbol of Music
for singers, musicians and lovers of the musical arts!
Treble Clef Amulet
A clef (a french word meaning key) is a musical symbol used to indicate the pitch of written notes. Placed on one of the lines at the beginning of the staff (five lines stacked upon each other), indicates the name and pitch of the notes on that line. This line serves as a reference point by which the names of the notes on any other line or space of the staff may be determined.
The Treble Clef’s curl wraps around the second line up on the staff indicating G above middle C, most commonly used in the staff for piano. It is one of three kinds of clef used in modern music notation: F, C, and G.
One inch tall, this three dimensional Treble Clef Amulet has a bail behind the top loop so the pendant looks like it is “floating” on your chain or chord. This small pendant is a great way to celebrate your love for music! Whether you play an instrument, sing or simply love music, the Treble Clef amulet is perfect for the music lover in your life.
One of my first memories was when I was in the back seat of a car at a drive in theater, I saw “Fantasia” – a Disney movie where were of the “first music” films of it’s kind. To this day I cannot help by see images of the flying horses and dancing centaurs when the notes of Beethoven’s Sixth symphony play on the radio. Music as been a part of who I am and I constantly refer to musical ideas when thinking about most anything. I have the great honor of being able to teach piano to both young and old and each Christmas I tend to make small charms of musical notation as their Christmas gifts, then in turn spread them amongst my family both near and far.
Over the winter this year, I was very late, the cold has set me back, but still I continue to image musical possibilities in making the amulets and charms for those I care about.
In mid February I imagined a combination of musical notation to express my love for music and came up with a combination of the Treble Clef and Bass Clef in a (somewhat squiggling) heart shape.
Now, I am presenting (in time for spring and perhaps some rather late gifts) the Musical Love Amulet. I am making these in both silver and bronze and for those more adventurous types, I am including moon stones to feature the Bass Clef.
Blessings to all lovers of Music!