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Turn Your Pebbles into Rings

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Course Overview

If there’s a pile of pebbles in your house just waiting to be turned into one-of-a-kind rings, look no further. Learn to rock the ring and turn those fancy pebbles into a ring to wear and enjoy every day. In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to make several rings, each with a different type of ring shank or band. Students will learn basic metal fabrication methods to include soldering, filing, sawing, and texturing to make at least two bezel set rings.  This is a great opportunity to learn to make rings or fine-tune your metalsmith ring making skills to capture your North Shore treasures! Students are invited to bring small cabochons or stones for design consideration and will have time to walk the beach for an hour the first day to gather additional pebbles. 

Materials Fee 

  • Approximately $35-$75 payable directly to instructor

Required Tools

  • Eyesight magnification if needed
  • Long pants
  • Hair tie if needed
  • Closed toe shoes
  • Black extra fine tip sharpie
  • Notebook or paper for note taking 
  • Small hand towel 

Optional Tools

Tools will be provided, and sterling silver will be available for purchase at the time of class. Students are welcome to bring their own hand tools and sterling silver metal. If students wish to purchase their own material*, a materials list is provided below. 

  • 24-gauge sterling silver sheet metal (Rio Grande product number 100-124) Dead Soft 6” x 1” 
  • 22-gauge sterling silver sheet metal (Rio Grande product number 100-122) Dead Soft 6” x 1”
  • 18-gauge sterling silver sheet metal (Rio Grande product number 100-118) Dead Soft 6” x 1” 
  • 16-gauge sterling silver round wire (Rio Grande product number 100-316) Dead Soft 24”
  • 14-gauge sterling silver square wire (Rio Grande product number 100-514) Dead Soft 24”
  • Sterling silver bezel wire – size will be determined based on the size of the pebble or cabochon 
  • Jewelers saw and saw blades 
  • Flat nose pliers – two pairs 
  • Round nose pliers
  • Half round pliers 
  • Needle files
  • Half round file 
  • Metal ruler
  • Dividers
  • Metal ring mandrel 
  • Ring clamp
  • Bezel pusher and burnisher

Dates

Mon, Oct 24th, 2022  –  Wed, Oct 26th, 2022

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $330.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Beth Carter Gautsch
Beth Carter Gautsch
Anderson, SC

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Turn Your Pebbles into Rings