Jewellery Repair and Upcycle Class

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



2 hours Class size 5 to 12

label $79 (or 4 payments of $19.75 Afterpay)

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 in our Sydney based studio.

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 a repair kit in your choice of finish (brass or surgical steel) which includes enough materials to:

  • restring 5 necklaces (5 metres of flex wire, 5 clasps, crimps and extension chains)
  • 5 pairs of earring hooks and some links

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 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
  • 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

Add-ons available for this class
  • Bead Mat ($3)
  • Earring Kit brass 5pr ($6)
  • Czech glass bead mix 'cool' ($10)
  • Czech glass bead mix 'warm' ($10)
  • Czech glass bead mix 'pastel' ($10)
  • Round Nose Plier ($24)
  • Wire Cutter ($30)
  • Flat Nose Plier ($24)
  • Tool Trio ($69)
  • Earring Kit gold plated (5pr) ($8)
  • Earring Kit silver plate (5pr) ($7)
  • Earring Kit surgical steel (5pr) ($8)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
No previous jewellery skills or experience in making is necessary.
 
What you'll get
  • A selection of jewellery parts and stringing supplies.
  • New skills and new jewels!
  • Valuable tips in cleaning and preserving your jewellery.
  • 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.

Location

studio 105/3 Mungo Scott Place, Summer Hill NSW

This venue is within walking distance from Lewisham station (700m).

Jewellery Repair and Upcycle Class location
Your teacher
Christine Smalley
Christine Smalley
(Etelage)

Inspiring Jewellery Designer, Educator and Stylist

5.0 (56)

I am a local inner west, Sydney jewellery designer, passionate educator, community-spirited and sustainable style advocate. My workshops celebrates the maker culture, creativity and the joy and craftsmanship of handmade.

Fueled with a passion for women to exude their notable and authentic style, my goal is to encourage all my students to awaken their creative soul and seek beauty, slow, artisan and local.

With over 20 years teaching experience from TAFE, corporate and community groups I am dedicated creating a teaching environment where participants can share ideas, be inspired and let their imaginations run wild.

Workshops are held in friendly and intimate studio spaces in Rozelle and Summer Hill. Alternatively, we can travel to your venue. (home, Airbnb or hotel for group bookings only)

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

Christine
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Karen Douglas Oct 2022

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Excellent class. Loved the location and ability to buy bits and pieces to continue working after the class. Lovely morning tea. Everything provided and nice small group. Christine made sure we all got great value from the class. Thank you so much Christine!

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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