Jewellery Repair and Upcycle Class

Learn how to repair your jewellery and create new sustainable and stylish pieces



2 hours Class size 4 to 12     label $50

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  • If you're fully COVID-19 vaccinated, you can attend this class anytime
  • If you're not fully COVID-19 vaccinated, you can attend from 1st Dec onwards

Who doesn't have a stash of unworn and broken jewellery in their bottom drawer?

Empty your jewellery drawers girls. It is time to transform your broken inherited and pre-loved jewels to create wearable jewellery or simply just make a one-off statement piece at our new studio in the iconic Flour Mill in Summer Hill! Located moments from light rail stop Lewisham West and a 7 min walk from Summer Hill station. Easy access to the M4 and a variety of small bars and restaurants are right on our doorstep.

Thrift, revamping, reclaiming and recycling have become synonymous with craft in recent years. Reacting against the technological advances of the 21st century, ostentation is fading and bigger issues: sustainability, climate change, global poverty and ethical trading are becoming important.

Give old jewellery a fresh lease of life and bring a vintage charm to your designs through an inspired use of beads and charms.

Bring your own broken treasures and create something wearable. You will also receive valuable tips in cleaning and preserving your jewellery.

During the two-hour class, you will learn:

  • How to make simple repairs to jewellery
  • Loads of finishing touches and professional tips
  • How to string beads on wire and finish off with a clasp
  • How to convert clip ons to studs
  • How to make a necklace or bracelet longer.
  • How to glue stones.
  • How to link charms and chain (linking is a technique used to make earrings, necklaces, bracelets and chokers)

Some examples of repairs you can learn, include:
  • Convert clip-on earrings to pierced or vice versa
  • Restring a broken strand of beads (or some collected ones) on a strong flex stainless steel wire
  • Glue loose or missing diamantes, brooch bars etc.
  • Add an extension chain for extra length in a short choker
  • Change ear fittings to sterling silver or surgical steel if you have sensitive ears


Knowledge required
No previous jewellery skills or experience in making is necessary.
 
What you'll get
  • New skills and new jewels!
  • Knowledge of sustainable style.
  • Tools supplied to use on the day.
  • A sumptuous afternoon tea.
What to bring
  • Empty your jewellery box and bring along ALL your broken jewellery or things you want to recreate to make wearable again (note: not all jewellery may be repaired on the day).
  • Your enthusiasm!
  • Glasses if you wear them.
  • Notebook if you want to take additional notes.
Suitable for

This class is great for a birthday or hens party.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum or Xmas gift.


Christine Smalley is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

See additional precautions taken   

I disinfectant all the tables and chairs before and after each class and have available for class participants hand sanitiser pumps in the kitchen, bathrooms, and workshop space.
Location

12 Flour Mill Way, Summer Hill NSW

Your teacher
Christine Smalley
Christine Smalley
(Etelage)

Inspiring Jewellery Designer, Educator and Stylist

4.9 (26)

I am a local inner west, Sydney jewellery designer, passionate educator, author, community-spirited and sustainable style advocate and founded Etelage (French for adornment), a boutique jewellery design studio, in 2002. Fueled with a passion for women to exude their notable and authentic style.
Etelage celebrates the maker culture, creativity and the joy and craftsmanship of handmade.

I wander the globe to source the beautiful and the unique. From vintage elements which I find in dusty basements to modern elements made by artisans from time-honoured traditions. I observe that generally as a society we are becoming more mindful about our choices: conscious of choosing products which are made using artisan traditions and not mass produced, and seeking quality over quantity.

My goal is to create exciting and original creative workshop experiences, encouraging all my students to awaken their creative soul and seek beauty, slow, artisan and local. I love creating a teaching environment where participants can share ideas, be inspired and let their imaginations run wild! With over 19 years teaching experience from TAFE, corporate and community groups, to hens parties and private tuition, I am dedicated to empowering my students to become better designers and better makers, equipping them with skills and confidence to create whatever they dream!

Learn how to string chunky necklaces, knot eclectic beads, link chandelier earrings, use buttons and buckles in jewellery design, and more at our friendly and intimate studio spaces in Rozelle and Summer Hill. Alternatively, we can travel to your venue. (for group bookings only)

I invite you to come and learn some simple jewellery making techniques with a local jeweller, which will impress you as well as your friends.

Etelage jewellery workshops are perfect for individuals, corporate bookings or a group of friends.

Let's make and play together and unlock your inner creative!

Christine
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Verified reviews

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Brenda Nov 2019


It has been so satisfying to restring and repair my jewellery, thank you for your patience Christhroughly enjoyed your workshops, the friendly atmosphere and the creative ideas.
Sincerely Brenda
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