Jewellery Repair cafe at Reverse Garbage


**UPDATE: This workshop had to be postponed due to building works at Reverse Garbage**


Reverse Garbage Queensland Workshop, 7 Burke St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102


*Bookings essential and are limited. $10 non refundable booking fee which can then be used as $10 in-store credit. Visit eventbrite to secure your spot. If you are coming, I would love you to send me a picture of what you are thinking of bringing to help me best prepare the pieces to bring along on the day!


I started the year with a jewellery repair cafe, then 2020 happened!  I am excited to be finishing the year with one too - back at Reverse Garbage!  This time with a Covid safe format and allocated time slots.  Make it a greener Christmas!


Bring along the pieces that sit in the bottom of your jewellery box, waiting to be fixed. Now is the time to finally do something about it! I have lots of ideas on how you could re-design the piece or give it a new life. Some pieces may be a very simple on the spot fix!

Some fine jewellery repairs will require soldering and more technical repairs so won’t be able to be done on the spot. But I will be able to offer advice and tips on what repairs are needed and what is involved in those repairs.

I will be bringing along a selection of basic supplies such as sterling silver clasps, chains and jump rings, which can be bought to finish your project. I will have thread, re-stringing equipment, glue and base metal findings which will be complimentary.

What to expect:

Bring your tired or old pieces of jewellery. Tools will be provided but if you have your own set of tools, bring them along. Light refreshments will be provided.

This cafe is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council as part of the Low Waste Living program.

Find out more on the Reverse Garbage Queensland Facebook event page.

Examples of repairs - replacing of clasps, jump rings, chains.  Restring a bead necklace or strand of pearls.  Lengthen or shorten a necklace or bracelet. Gluing of costume jewellery. Changing over earring backs.  Change a single earring into a pendant.  Make a simple adjustable cord necklace.  Lacquering and wax pieces against patinas and weathering.

Enlarging holes on beads.  Replace a watch battery.  Convert a silver ring to a toe ring.  Convert a pendant to a brooch.  Make a wine charm with your old beads.  Make simple earrings with your broken bead necklaces. Cleaning your jewellery.  Restoring a matt finish on pieces.  Find out your ring size, reshape a misshapen ring.  What to look for to find jewellery you can rework in thrift shops.

I will provide simple cleaning products, finger sizing equipment, a few basic bench tools and work peg.  I will bring clasps, fittings, findings, jump rings, ear hooks, brooch fittings, chains, wire, cords, restringing equipment, glue, my bead collection.  Examples of pieces that have been repaired or upcycled.  I am also compiling some worksheets or a digital file with tips and resources.

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