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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 course at North House, 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 without drilling holes. The class will introduce the basics of prong 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. 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.


Fri, Oct 4th, 2019  –  Mon, Oct 7th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 4 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Intermediate
Hours: 9am - 5pm
Registration Cost: $340.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Aug 23rd, 2019
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: Varies ($65 and up)

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

  • Small pebbles for setting
  • Eye sight magnification

North House provides a good selection of hand tools, but you are welcome to bring your favorite hand tools.

  • Jewelers saw
  • Flat nose and round nose pliers
  • Files
  • Bezel pusher
  • Small hand towel
  • Notebook and pen/pencil for note taking
  • Extra fine tip permanent black Sharpie pen

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.

Begin Registration

North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Aug 23rd, 2019
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.