Fundamentals of North Shore Pebble Jewelry
Have you ever collected perfectly smooth, round pebbles from the shores of Lake Superior or other places in the world and then wondered what to do with them? This course offers the perfect solution. Students will spend an hour or so the first day gathering pebbles and then will use diamond-encrusted drill bits to drill holes in them. The pebbles can then be made into pendants, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Sterling silver wire, chain, tubing, and sheet will be used to fabricate unique pieces of jewelry based on each student’s own design theme. Discover the song of the jeweler’s saw, the hum of the drill, the intrigue of cold connections, and the thrill of a finished piece using these age-old techniques, and go home with three or four handmade works of art to wear—truly treasures from the North Shore. Some soldering skills will be introduced. Good hand-eye coordination and vision (or magnification) are helpful for this course.
You will need the following tools for this class:
- sketch/notebook for designing and note taking.
- 2 extra-fine sharpie pens
- eye magnification required - opti-visors are preferred and can be purchased from any jewelry supplier - visit www.riogrande.com for a good source
- Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.
- Foredom or dremel tool
- Jewelers saw
- hand tools( pliers, nippers,hammers)
- Bench pin
- steel block
- any other jewelry tools you may own and wish to use.
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.