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.

 

               

End of Summer Learning Series at Wolf Willow Studio


Wolf Willow Studio is thrilled to welcome me, Jennifer Park as the guest artist and curator for August! I am sharing my "huge breadth of talent and skills" (that is not my quote but I do know how to do a lot of stuff:) ) in a special workshop series for those interested in expanding their artistic vocabulary and keeping creative over the summer. 

    What better time to take a class? 

No blizzards! Hopefully! You can work outside on anything messy or smelly and it's not close to Christmas, Mother's or Father's Day, Thanksgiving, midterms or any of that stuff! The Wolf Willow Studio End of Summer Learning Series is an opportunity to learn something new, take some time for yourself to be creative and maybe revisit that inner child of yours who would like some playtime too in the summer. A variety of skills are being offered including jewellery making, polymer clay, mixed media sculpture, mold-making and casting and an amazing open studio day. Life long learning at any stage of the journey is good for your mind and your soul. Take a creative vacation with us in August!

Wire Wrapping For Absolute Beginners Aug. 2nd 11am-2 pm

Getting Started – Wire Wrapping   Make Earrings! A skill not a talent, wire wrapping can only improve with practice! Get started with the proper technique and learn to perfect this essential jewellery making skill. Earrings, pendants and charms are all created using wire wrapping. Once you get the hang of it, your design world will get much larger. In this class you will be able to complete a pair of earrings, a pendant or several charms. To register click here to go to Eventbrite.


Introduction to Mixed Media Starts Monday Aug. 3rd

In this 5 week class we will explore many mediums and then mix them up. Mixed media art and sculpture is a playground for the imagination! There are so many different mediums to choose from and countless ways to combine them. We will explore, plaster, polymer clay, gold leaf, resin, clay, found objects, fibres and fabric, paper mache, wax and whatever else works. 
 This class will run every Monday for five weeks.  August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st. Supplies are included and extra supplies will be available for sale. Bringing found objects will be required. Click here to register!


Mold Making & Casting Begins Tuesday Aug. 4th

Learn the ins and outs of creating your own multiples! Mold making and casting gives you the power to create as many objects that you want. This skill can be applied to many arts & crafts. In this four week class we will learn how to make a one and two part plaster mold, a silicone mold and a polymer clay mold. The materials used to create will be plaster, clay, polymer clay, wax and resin. This is an intro class and a prerequisite for future classes that will focus on each of these mediums!
 This class will run every Tuesday for four weeks.  August 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th. Supplies are included and extra supplies will be available for sale. Click here to register!


Play with Polymer Clay!

Polymer clay is an extremely versatile, user friendly medium to get going with your creative ideas. Relatively inexpensive and easy to work with it is a great way to get back into using your hands,  designing and thinking about colour and texture. The world of polymer clay is vast and offers something for everyone. There are so many applictions from jewellery making  to sculpture to creating cute little beasties and flowers. There are many ways to use surface treatments to disguise polymer clay including gold leaf, pearlized powders, photo transfers, paint and guilders paste.  This is a three day exploration that runs Thursday evenings starting Thursday August  6th, 13th and 20th. Click here to register!


All That Glitters - Intro to Gold Leaf

Anything looks better after it has been gold leafed! Bring an object and we will see if it can be gilded. If not there will be a selection of picture frames, objet d'art and various other doodads and knick knacks. Learn the basics and then we will discuss what you can do with your shiny new skill! Click here to register!

 


 The All You Need to Know Necklace

 There are three basic skills you need to know to make jewellery. Designing and making jewellery is all about how you connect all of your components together. There is wire wrapping, crimping and opening and closing jump rings. If you understand how to do those three things you can really progress on your own pretty quickly. In this workshop we will make a wire wrapped pendant, string it onto beading wire with an assortment of beads which will be crimped on both ends and attach the whole thing with jump rings to a chain and clasp. Click here to register!


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