Elizabeth Kline

I am an award-winning Chicago-based metalsmith and jewelry artist. I am also a professional actor, having performed in both in film and theater as part of Chicago’s booming arts scene – appearing on many Chicago stages and on camera in such shows as Chicago P.D..

My love of creating jewelry began during a high school trip to Israel, where I sold small handmade bracelets in Jerusalem for a little extra spending money. As an adult, I discovered a love of working with metal in 2005, when studying metalsmithing at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago. After learning many different techniques, Elizabeth Kline Designs was created in 2009.

I forge and sculpt jewelry to make organic, sometimes asymmetrical, always one-of-a-kind pieces – using a variety of metals, wood, and gemstones/vintage glass. I have created custom work, including wedding rings, anniversary bands, and commemorative pieces. Each custom piece created tells a story of the wearer(s) and materials. Some of my favorite moments are when a piece of jewelry finds its owner, or a collaboratively-designed custom piece is worn for the first time.

Metals have a fascination in that they can bridge both worlds – they can have very clean lines and angles, but also have intricate texture, patina, and curvature that is more in line with natural forms.

I currently make 4 lines of jewelry:

“ORGANICS” LOST WAX CASTING – I sculpt a piece out of jeweler’s wax, then create a negative impression mold out of investment plaster. Then, I cast molten sterling silver into the mold; which destroys the mold – so each piece is unique. I am inspired by organic shapes, such as vines or roots to create asymmetrical and layered pieces; sometimes adding gemstones, vintage glass (usually from the 1950s era, which have deeper colors and interesting shapes), or gold for color or a mixed-metal look.

WOOD INLAY – Inspired by mid-century woodworking designs, each piece is hand-sculpted from a variety of exotic hardwoods, then metal (silver or gold-filled) is added in dot or line inlay. The wood is then sealed with wax and sometimes gemstones or vintage glass accompanies the wood to finish the piece.

“COILS” – These clean, simple pieces use an industrial-inspired coil motif on the pendants and earrings – usually brass, copper, or sterling silver (or a combination of each). The pendants are on a hemp cord, for a softer, casual, yet durable feel on the neck.

“WAVES” – Each element is hand forged, setting unusual semiprecious cabochons in settings that have a “wave” motif – usually as a “hidden” part of the back of a pendant, or the swirl of the bail or band of a ring. This makes my “Waves” pieces 2-sided, with detail within the metal housing the polished stone.

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