Natural Icon Designs

   Nature abounds with every day treasures! At Natural Icon Designs I make well made, handmade jewellery with a focus on semi precious gemstones, bone, amber, wood and freshwater pearls. I enjoy and take pride in creating every piece myself. Unless otherwise noted all pieces are one of a kind.

If you are interested in making your own treasures, I offer jewellery making classes taught in Calgary, including bead stringing, wire wrapping, making earrings, bracelets and necklaces. My fully equipped studio has a relaxed atmosphere with a low student to teacher ratio and classes are affordable with no pressure to over spend.

  You will not only have fabulous accessories, but also enhanced confidence, self esteem, and the fun and joy of creativity!

   Unlike classes at bead shops, you may bring beads you already have to a class. Supplies for one project are included in the price of the class so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of each bead that you are buying so the focus is totally on learning and designing.




Natural Icon Designs

original fine art & prints

The Lost Art of Wood Burning

   I was having coffee the other day with a new friend and she asked me how I started wood burning. I hadn't really given it a lot of thought in a long I did...and I originally learned how to wood burn in girl guides. This got me to thinking of how I had learned many of the things I know how to do in girl guides. From cooking to sewing, to baking to camping to applying great gobs of makeup and smoking cigarettes, it all happened in girl guides:) I am thankful I got the chance to learn so many things at a young age.

    So wood burning or pyrography is an ancient way to make marks. Mark making is what we all do as we navigate our lives. One way or another you are leaving behind your signature. I enjoy wood burning because it gives me some serious boundaries to paint in which I feel like I require.

   These pieces are all drawn, burned, sanded, gold or copper or silver leafed, sometimes all three, painted, sanded, painted some more and then sealed.