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Capturing Pebbles: A New Approach to North Shore Pebble Jewelry

Course Overview

Pockets full of pebbles from the shores of Lake Superior? Ready to turn them into jewelry? Pebble drilling has long been a popular way to turn lake treasures into jewelry. But not all pebbles are meant to be drilled. In this four-day class, students will learn several different ways to capture and display pebbles. The class will introduce the basics of prong setting, bezel setting and cold connections, skills that can be used to capture pebbles in sterling silver and turn them into beautiful pendants, necklaces, bracelets or earrings. Students will walk the beach for an hour the first day gathering pebbles and then spend the remainder of the course creating unique jewelry. Prong settings and other metal fabrication methods allow the jeweler to showcase that special pebble or set a stone that’s not perfectly smooth without drilling a hole in the pebble. We will also drill a few stones and incorporate them into our projects. This is an opportunity to learn basic metalsmithing techniques, or expand your skill set to capture your North Shore treasures! There will be new projects for returning students. All tools will be provided, and sterling silver will be available for purchase at the time of the class.


Thu, Oct 29th, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 1st, 2020

This course has been cancelled to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. We offer our deepest apologies. We truly believe in the power of craft to build community, and we know that community is needed more than ever in times like these. However, the need to stay healthy and protect our friends and neighbors is the most critical priority.

If you were registered for this class, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If not, please call us at 218-387-9762 or email us at

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We truly hope to see you in another class at North House soon!

Course Details

Length: 4 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Intermediate
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $340.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Thu, Sep 17th, 2020
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: Varies ($65 and up)

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Closed toe shoes and long pants are required
  • Eye magnification, if needed to see small detail
  • Small old hand towel to dry your metal pieces
  • Dust mask if you are bothered by fine dust particles
  • Fine black Sharpie pen
  • Pen and paper for notetaking
  • Bring small pebbles, sea glass and/or cabochons for design consideration. You will have the opportunity to pick pebbles from the beach the first day of class

Optional Tools

  • Flat Nose Pliers – 2
  • Half Round Pliers
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Half Round File
  • Set of Needle Files (especially the round needle file)
  • Nippers
  • Jewelers hand saw
  • Bezel pusher and burnisher
  • Ruler

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.