Our Mendathon at the Brighton Mini Maker Faire

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We were really chuffed to have Dave and Faraz from the Restart Project join us for the mendathon to help with electronic repairs – but they soon turned their hands to help with a range of other repairs too.

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Dave got started by fixing a hedge trimmer.IMG_4308

The head of one of the screws was stripped so it was tricky to get into.

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Once he got in a multi meter was used to check for any breaks in the circuit as the motor wasn’t working.

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A loose wire connection was found and adjustedIMG_4330

which did the trick and brought it back to life! IMG_6231

As the day got busier we tallied the repairs on our chalk board.

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One lady brought a well loved bag and Izzie showed her how to fix it.
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First the seam was sewn up by hand…IMG_6535

and then the handle.IMG_6536

Before the shoulder strap was turned into a belt!IMG_6537

Mattia brought along a second-hand digital thermometer,IMG_4349

the LCD panel wasn’t displaying information properly.IMG_4337

Once it was opened up he found out the corner of the glass display was chipped. IMG_4312

This meant some of the contacts could not work properly as the circuit was broken.IMG_4328

Handily one of the other stalls at the Mini Maker Faire was selling liquid copper, conductive ink (a smart material)
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This was painted on to the chipped corner to build it up so that the circuit could be complete again.IMG_4314

Once the ink had dried and the thermometer was re-assembled the display worked like new!IMG_4325

Ali got to work on the Edwardian cake stand his girlfriend’s Grandmother had given her.

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The leg had snapped offIMG_4320

so after gluing and bracing itIMG_4324

he reinforced the join with a screwIMG_4343

and then clamped it and left the glue to set.IMG_4358

Faraz diagnosed the source of the problem with an old iBook G4 that wasn’t charging up. IMG_4282

It needed a new battery to be sourced from ebay and installed.IMG_6546

Tom demonstrated his wonderful darningIMG_4293

repairing a moth eaten jumper with contrasting thread to create a new pattern.
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He also showcased his visible mending on a sample jumperIMG_6219

and darned the frayed cuff of a jumper.IMG_4291

Ali completed the mend on Victoria’s kitchen chair by fixing the arm back on and reinforcing it.

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He then tested his handy work!IMG_6249

After trying to find out whether we could 3D print a new leg for a table with one missingIMG_6254

we decided to make it a design feature.IMG_6258

One young maker brought along his explorer kit with a broken strap,

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Dave showed him what was wrongIMG_6244

and he and his Dad fixed it with a new fitting,IMG_6247

ready for more adventures!IMG_4374

Mattia, as busy as usual,  fixed some speakers by cleaning the connection points.IMG_4364

The Restarters took a look at Victoria’s printer power transformer that had stopped working although it was very new.IMG_6257

After cutting through the heat sealed plastic casing and prising it open the fuse was tested to see if it had blown. This was diagnosed to be the problem, unfortunately as with many electrical goods, the part that needed replacing was sealed in and not readily available to replace so it couldn’t be fixed.
IMG_6265However, over the course of the day our fantastic team managed to save twenty two items from landfill!
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Next Saturday 11th October

We will be back at St George’s Church in Kemp Town for a repair café at our usual time of 11am-2pm.

Bring along your broken electrical goods, jewellery and bric-a-brac as well as any clothing or textiles that need mending. We will also have Tom our expert darner on hand to show you how to do some visible or invisible mending on knitwear with holes in.

The Seven Bees Café will be open for business (they do a mean breakfast).

We will post an update on what we got up to at the Brighton Mini Maker Faire soon but in the mean time here is a teaser…

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Our next event…

Will be at Circus Street Community Space4which is at the Old Municipal Market on Circus Street (behind the Blind Tiger & next to the Wood Recycling Store)

circusstreet01On Saturday 12th April 11.00-14.00

Bring your bikes, electricals, textiles and jewellery to repair with the help of our volunteers and tools.

There isn’t a café in this space but you are welcome to bring a flask and cake to share
& the Soup Dept. in the Wood Recycling Store next door will be open.

February’s Repair Café

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brought some new faces

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who were shown how to darn

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and patchIMG_3543

to make links

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in order to fix jewellery

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We had a visit from a lady who is knitting a map of Brighton

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& Dan fashioned a nifty bike basket rack

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out of coat hangers!

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What a lovely evening!!!

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More photos to follow!

Thanks to everyone who gave their time and effort to make it happen.

We’re now busy getting ready for this Saturday’s repair cafe at St George’s Church from 11am-2pm.

We’ll have volunteers and tools on hand to help repairs of bikes, electrical goods, clothing, textiles and anything that needs darning.

So come and join us to mend something or find out more about what we do.

Iain will be running the Seven Bees Cafe which does amazing brunches, tea, coffeeand cakes

Roll Up for the Bridge Circus

This Monday & Tuesday we will be holding a mendathon a Brighton University as part of the Bridge Circus Symposium  to see how many things we can fix in two days, whilst challenging people to actively occupy their objects rather than passively consume and dispose of them.

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Volunteers will be on hand with a range of skills to help people to fix their things throughout the day in the space between the gallery and the Cafeteria. Bring your clothes, bikes, jewellery and other broken items and we will endeavour to help you fix them.

Find us at Brighton University’s Grand Parade Campus between the canteen and the gallery between 10am and 6pm.

We are looking forward to our new volunteer Christine from Be Crafty joining us to help out with textile & clothing repair.

Friday night fixing!

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Tonight we will be holding a repair café at the fabulous Super + Super – A creative hub in the centre of Brighton which shares our mission to learn and share creatively.

Come along from 6.30-9pm.

Bring clothes, textiles, jewellery, ceramics & electrical goods to repair with help from our volunteers and other repairers.

Feel welcome to bring cake too!