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Broken + Beloved :: Jewelry Repair and Bead Stringing

  • Avalon North 1 Washington St, Suite 4162 Dover, NH (map)

Remember when you borrowed Great Aunt Gertrude's pearl necklace for the prom, broke the thread and then never returned the necklace? Or that super cool rhinestone brooch you picked up at a yard sale that's just missing one stone? Whether it's a thrift store find or a family heirloom, there's a piece of broken, beloved jewelry lurking in everyone's treasure box. In this four hour workshop, you'll learn how to asses the damage to your favorite jewelry, and whenever possible repair the pieces yourself!

We'll cover a variety of techniques, including:
* What's this made of? How to read jewelry marks and what they mean.
* More glitz? How to match up and glue rhinestones.
* Finding closure? Replacing and repairing old clasps.
* Broken or just dirty? Cleaning jewelry without damaging it.

$75 advance
$95 day of
$55 Avalon Members

This workshop includes a vegan gluten-free lunch

After lunch, we'll move from repairing to creating! For tens of thousands of years, beads of clay, gemstone, bone, and metal have been traded around the world as symbols of status and magic. In the second half of this workshop, we'll learn how to design and create professional quality beaded jewelry using both modern and ancient materials.


*Stretchy stuff: How to make gemstone bead bracelets with elastic thread.
*Flexible strength: Designing and creating with coated wire and crimp beads.
*Classic Knotting: Using tweezers and silk thread to recreate ancient knotted bead styles, and fix that necklace you borrowed from Great Aunt Gertrude.

All materials and tools for this class will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their favorite tools or supplies from home, as well.

Bring your broken jewelry! Participants are welcome to bring a few pieces of jewelry for repair during class. You'll receive an email from Hillary after you register to make sure that we have everything we need to repair your specific piece of jewelry.

Hillary Peatfield began her jewelry career in 1994 and specializes in estate and vintage jewelry. She loves the ancient and historical aspects of beadwork, and the connection these simple techniques provide to the great cultures of the past. Her dream project is to recreate the beaded jewelry of Tutankamen, and then have someplace to wear it after.

To become an Avalon Card Member click the link
https://www.avalonnorth.org/club-membership

Partial scholarships always available
Pay at the door is by cash or venmo only

Sold out status will be updated on Avalon North (facebook) and Patriarchynothanks (instagram) as needed.