Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Iconic Wire Work Jewelry by Cleopatra Kerckhof

Many wire jewelry artisans do amazing work but few create so many outstanding iconic designs as Belgian based Cleopatra Kerckhof on Etsy does.

It's one thing to know what  hamsa (hand) or yin and yang symbols are. It's another to express them as intricate wire and gemstone designs.

Cleopatra demonstrates not just a good eye for form and patterns but also color. She is so good and so prolific, I had a very hard time choosing my favorites.

Cleopatra says she wanted to be an archaeologist when she was growing up. It didn't pan out that way but she shows her interest in past civilizations in her work and her name! She was inspired by the strong colors used by the Ancient Egyptians as shown in her earrings below. These feature chalcedony, coral and turquoise.

What could be more iconic in the animal world than the chameleon, the master of camouflage. Meet Karl the Rainbow Chameleon! His form was created by a combination of wire work and soldering.

Her Elisabeth the Virgin Peacock pendant necklace made it to Etsy's front page! It's a lovely vision of aquamarine, topaz and rock crystal gemstones used in the most fabulous way.

Batty Bella is surely the most elegant bat I have come across!

Cleopatra also has the ability to make whimsical designs such as this stunning apple design complete with a hole and the culprit, a little worm called Wilbur.

Flowers are also popular elements in jewelry design. Cleopatra does them all to perfection!

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WIlli said...

Beautiful work!

Cate said...

I made the decision to live in awe today, and then up came this post!

Divya N said...

one word - WOW !! mind blowing

Carol said...

Wow, wow, wow!! Now that is some beadwork...some wirework!!! That peacock is to die for!!!!
Wonderful design and workmanship!!

Nissa said...

There are no words to express my awe and amazement of how awesome these are! I envy wire artists.

M-ixes Jewelry said...

Cleo's Works are Awesome! She's so Talented! =D) Great Article! Mx

Cleopatra Kerckhof said...

Thank you Pearl for writing the article, and thank you ladies for your lovely feedback.

BrassyBeads said...

I enjoyed this article. I'm glad we got to know Cleo a little bit better!

Almost Precious said...

Cleopatra Kerckhof is certainly an artist at wire-work jewelry. Amazing detail. The apple with its little worm is cute and shows her sense of whimsy.

Rose said...

I love Cleopatra's work, she's so amazing and soo inspirational!

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