Radical Jewelry Makeover - South Florida

 

A PROJECT OF: Ethical Metalsmiths
SUPPORTED BY: Lighthouse ArtCenter, Armory Art Center, and Resource Depot

 


 

Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) is Ethical Metalsmiths' innovative community mining project. It raises awareness of the connection between mining, metalsmithing, activism, collaboration, and art. It involves volunteer "miners," "smelters," "refiners," jewelers, and metalsmiths working together to create a new and transparent supply chain.

RJM relies on local “mines” – donated jewelry – as a source of “raw” material.  The donated jewelry is then de-constructed to the original components, and reconstructed into wearable works of art by artists, students, and professionals.

Donated jewelry is rich with sentiment, and lends itself to conversation about source, future thinking design, and collaborative problem-solving.  The completed jewelry sold through the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery will generate program funds and raise awareness.

 


 Why is this important?

Traditional jewelry production is often unsafe for metal miners (metal mining is one of the worst polluting industries in the world), dangerous for gem miners, sometimes deadly to gem cutters (repeated exposure to silica causes silicosis), extremely toxic to ecosystems (mining with cyanide or mercury), at times poisonous to refiners (often relying on toxic materials), and hazardous to jewelers (toxic fumes and chemicals).
 


What can you do?


1. Donate: Nov 21 - Dec 21, 2019
Donate your old, unwanted, and/or broken jewelry for the community mining and recycling project. Drop off your items at one of these locations:

  • The Armory Art Center
    811 Park Place
    West Palm Beach, FL 33401
    (561) 832-1776

  • The Lighthouse Art Center
    373 Tequesta Drive
    Tequesta, FL 33469
    (561) 746-3101

  • Resource Depot
    2510 Florida Avenue
    West Palm Beach, FL 33401
    (561) 882-0090

  • Jewelry Creations Workshop
    1400 NE 131 Street
    North Miami, FL 33161
    (305) 610-6560 (Call or text)
    *By appointment only

     

You can also mail donations to:
Lighthouse ArtCenter
Attn: Maria Tritico- RJM
373 Tequesta Dr
Tequesta, FL 33469

Click here to print your donation form.

 

2. Sponsor

Interested in helping RJM-South Florida, but do not have any broken or unwanted jewelry to donate? Consider becoming a sponsor, and help us reach our sponsorship goal of $6,000!

Rhodium: $3,000
Click here to sponsor and receive:

-Resource Depot Shopping Pass, Armory Art Center Pop-Up Workshop, Lighthouse ArtCenter Select Friday, Swag Bag, Logo and Hotlink on RJM South Florida website, inclusion on printed list of sponsors at RJM Symposium

Platinum: $1,500
Click here to sponsor and receive:

-Swag Bag (Resource Depot Tote, Armory Art Center Apron, Lighthouse ArtCenter shirt), Logo and Hotlink on RJM South Florida website, inclusion on printed list of sponsors at RJM Symposium

Gold: $500
Click here to sponsor and receive:

-Logo and Hotlink on RJM South Florida website and inclusion on printed list of sponsors at RJM Symposium

Silver: $250
Click here to sponsor and receive:

-Inclusion on digital list on RJM South Florida website and printed list of sponsors at RJM Symposium

Titanium: $1-249
Click here to sponsor and receive:

-Inclusion on printed list of sponsors at RJM Symposium

3.  Participate

RJM- South Florida is open to the Lighthouse ArtCenter, the Armory Art Center, and Resource Depot's students and members!

  • Sorting Day, January 3, 2020: Join us as a volunteer to help sort all of the donated jewelry. Volunteers will work in groups with professional jewelers/metalsmiths and assessors to determine metal and stone types.

Click here to RSVP as a volunteer.

  • Kickoff Party/Symposium, January 4, 2020: Attend the FREE one day symposium. Listen to speakers discuss the environmental impact of precious metal mining, mining in Florida, and ethical gem-sourcing, as well as short breakout demos, and topped off with cyanotype T-shirts with the print of your collected jewelry.  Schedule of events to come!

Click here to RSVP for the Kickoff Party/Symposium.

4.  Create: Pieces due by March 5, 2020.

Artists will receive their materials and have 8 weeks to produce their finished jewelry pieces. Take one of the innovative jewelry workshops the Armory offers.

Armory Art Center:

  • Sculptural Jewelry: Found, Recycled, and Locally Sourced with Jesse Bert
    Thursday-Saturday, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    Session 2: Dec.12th-14th
    Tuition: $410   Lab Fee: $40
    Register Here
  • Introduction to Gold Soldering and Recycling...The Big Melt Down! with Wayne Werner
    Wednesday-Thursday, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    Session 3: Jan. 8th-9th
    Tuition: $264   Lab Fee: $35
    Register Here
  • RJM Demonstration and Guided Open Studio with Lisa Johnson
    Thursday, Jan. 16th   1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Tuition: FREE
    Register Here

    Wednesday, Feb. 19th   1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Tuition: FREE
    Register Here

Lighthouse Art Center:

Click here to read more about these workshops.

5.  Buy

  • Radical Jewelry Makeover Exhibition, March 19 - April 24, 2020
    Reception is March 19, 2020

    The "made-over" jewelry will be on display at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and all pieces will be for sale.

    Anyone who donated jewelry will receive a coupon towards their jewelry purchase (the amount is determined by what is donated).


RJM Pop-Up Workshops

These workshops are 3 hours long and all materials are included.

 

PRONGS
Instructor: MICHEL MCNABB

Develop light weight, secure, and unique settings to capture your RJM jewelry creations!  All students will come out learning how to size and solder a basic prong setting using wire.  Demonstrations will include use of the torch to solder, bending prongs, filing, and sanding. Limited to 8 students.
 

Session 3: January 24th
Friday, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Tuition: $50

Register here.

LINKS & CONNECTIONS
Instructor: ELLEN LEVY

Learn to make various links and connections to fit your RJM design! Whether it’s for a bracelet or necklace, everyone will enhance their jewelry with handmade, well-crafted elements. Demonstrations include how to measure to determine link size, soldering, shaping, and some surface finishing techniques.
Limited to 10 students.

Session 3: January 31st
Friday, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Tuition: $50

Register here.

CLASPS & CLOSURES
Instructor: ALICIA JANE BOSWELL

In this workshop, we will discuss the basics of fabricating a box clasp, barrel clasp, hinged clasp, lentil clasp, door-knocker clasp and safety catch using instructor samples and how to incorporate them into your designs. Students come out making a lentil and toggle clasp!  Demonstrations on how to attach your clasps to chains by soldering or riveting will also be covered. Some use of the torch and jeweler’s saw is required. Limited to 10 students.

Session 3: February 13th
Thursday, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Tuition: $50

Register here.

FINISHING, POLISHING, & PATINA TECHNIQUES
Instructor: MARTY HYMAN

In this workshop you will learn how to clean up your work using rubberized abrasives, buffs, grinding bits, emery tools, and bristle wheels. Surface finishing, polishing, and patinas will also be covered. The safe use of the polishing motors and the various polishing compounds, brushes, laps and buffs used to bring out the beauty of your piece will be an important part of this      workshop. Limited to 8 students.

Session 3: February 27th
Wednesday, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Tuition: $50

Register here.

 


 Lunch & Learn: RJM Symposium Information & Jewelry Demonstration

Speaker: LISA JOHNSON, Director of Jewelry & Metalsmithing

Join us for a live jewelry making demonstration using the torch & soldering, and learn how YOU can participate in the Ethical Metalsmith’s Radical Jewelry Makeover Symposium for FREE!

Tuesday, November 19th
12:45 pm-1:30 pm
Media Room
Tuition: FREE!

See calendar event here
Visit Facebook event here


More Workshops & Events
The Lighthouse ArtCenter will also be offering a selection of RJM workshops at their Tequesta location. Vist their website for details.

 


 LEARN MORE
Learn more about the Radical Jewelry Makeover Symposium by visiting https://www.lighthousearts.org/rjm.html

Share, save, and RSVP to RJM events by visiting the symposium Facebook page.

 

The Radical Jewelry Makeover South Florida Symposium is hosted by: