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  • Learn the skills needed to deconstruct pallets before making your own pallet furniture!

    The Salvage Sister loves free pallet wood, you can you save yourself loads of cash and do your bit for the planet at the same time -  when you use unwanted materials like pallets to make epic pallet furniture. During this intense 6 hour workshop you will learn the skills needed to create your very own pallet furniture, including how to use all the tools involved, where to look for pallets, and how to take them apart for reconfiguration. Once you’ve learnt these skills you will be able to repeat this process at home to make as many pieces of furniture as you like in the future - saving you loads of cash, stress and most importantly - time!! PLEASE SEE NEW DATES - November classes postponed due to new Lockdown.

    ***We have several new venues***

    We are no longer running workshops in Elder Place Brighton

    Please check all your details and make sure you can get to the location on the time & date specified.

    Classes are small so the students receive the help and guidance they need, we also want to keep them small to spread you out according to new COVID social distancing rules. There are a maximum of 6 students in this class at this time. Hand washing facilities & hand sanitiser are provided on site, students from different households will be separated onto separate benches. (Please let me know if you're solo or coming with a friend/family member in the order notes. Wherever possible we want to encourage people from the same social group to attend together to limit transactions between social groups). View our Covid guidelines in the Workshop tab.

     ***You can now cancel & reschedule your own workshops***

    (Please see my new T&C's regarding workshop cancellations. Cancelling your workshop does NOT automate a refund.)

    Regrettably Classes with less than 4 attendees WILL BE rescheduled. Did you know you can now gift Salvage Sister workshops, products and store vouchers? You can customise the date & time it sends with your own message and image,  click here to learn more. Why not check out our amazing 5 star TRIPADVISOR reviews for all our other workshops? To book please use the calendar below by hovering on the top right side of the calendar then skipping to the date listed for this workshop, once you click on the date you can choose the time below it and pay securely using Paypal or a bank card - You do not need a Paypal account. You can book as many workshops as you like at once, and book for multiple people at once by adding them to your basket and checking out for all your tickets at once.

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  • Come to Brighton for a Workshop with a difference,

    This workshop is Freestyle!

    You bring your own item, or idea to work on during this 6 hour Freestyle Workshop class. Because this class is Freestyle it has a maximum number of 4 students at a time - most other classes have 6 or more. You'll all be working on different projects and I want to be available to give you the focus, advise & know-how you deserve! You can bring your own item to upcycle, or find wood at MidSussex wood Recycling for your masterpiece - which you can pick out at the time with the advice of the Salvage Sister. This workshop is totally different from any of my other classes - it is all about you & your ideas, concepts and designs. It is the perfect follow-on class if you really enjoyed Pallet Furniture & now want to further your knowledge & skills.

    Q - How is your Freestyle Workshop different to the Pallet Furniture Workshop?

    A - FREEDOM!! Unlike my Pallet Furniture Workshop , you are not restricted to using pallets & pallet wood for your build - you can literally find what you like & build with it. (In this class we don't focus on methods of dismantling, reconfiguring & making with pallets.) We start the class by learning to use the general tools that you will all use during the day, before each of you focus on on the tools and processes that apply to your own build. The MidSussex timber yard is absolutely full of interesting things, from scaffold boards, joists, doors, floorboards, planks, blocks, ply - you name it.  It's all reclaimed, it's all waiting to be reused & start a new life with you! (If you would like to peruse the timber yard before your class - the site is open for customers Sunday to Friday, find all the details about MidSussex Wood recycling by clicking here. Please be aware that if you intend to use a great deal of material, or one is expensive/rare - there may be a materials surcharge. We can go through options and work this out for you if you have an idea of what you want to make, what material you want to use & the approximate size of the project. ) This class is great for making scaffold board benches, small tables etc, small shelving units etc. You could even make some kitchen cupboard doors, or a Wooden A board for your business - the options are endless. Bear in mind however, we have 6 hours - so for larger, or more complex projects you may need more than one session - I can offer discounts for multiple Freestyle classes for the same person. More details as we release new dates, contact me here with your requirements. When you book the class simply email me your idea, I will advise you in the lead up to the class of what you might need to bring & the tools & equipment I can bring for use during the class. Please note that because the workshop is full of wood, it is not compatible with processes that require fire or very hot temperatures like welding or forging - this class is mainly for upcycling and woodwork projects. (Although I will be running metalwork & forging classes soon!) If you are unsure of whether your project is right for the class feel free to contact me via the 'Get in touch' tab. PLEASE do not book this class to do something that is already listed as a complete workshop in my store, this workshop is for unique things that you cannot find in my other workshop classes. Why not check out our amazing 5 star TRipAdvisor reviews for all our workshops? To book please use the calendar below by hovering on the top right side of the calendar then skipping to the date listed for this workshop, once you click on the date you can choose the time below it and pay securely using Paypal or a bank card - You do not need a Paypal account. You can book as many workshops as you like at once, and book for multiple people at once  by adding them to your basket and checking out for all your tickets at once. I can't wait to meet you! To view the Salvage Sister's Privacy Policy please click here. My Terms and Conditions have changed - by booking this class you agree to be bound by them, make sure you check them out! 
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  • Make a Pallet Planter Workshop – Full Day Class

    £130.00 6 hours

    Learn the skills needed to deconstruct pallets,

    before making your own pallet planter & taking it home on the day!

    The Salvage Sister taught Kirsty Allsopp how to make this pallet planter on stage in front of 200 people at The Handmade Fair - if she can do it, so can you! During this 5 hour Pallet Planter Workshop you will learn the skills needed to create your very own colourful pallet planter, including where to look for pallets, which ones work best, and how to take apart pallets and cut down ready to reconfigure into a beautiful solid wood planter. The Salvage Sister will guide you through the build, teaching you how to use all the power tools involved and what lasting fixings to use in the garden environment. When you've built your own pallet planter you will have the option to make it into a strawberry trough and leave some gaps in the sides for the strawberries to hang through, or fill the sides with pallet planks. (You can line your planter with a hessian sack when you get home to stop earth falling through the gaps until the roots of your bounty hold it all together) Once you’ve learnt these skills you will be able to repeat this process at home to make as many troughs & planters as you like in the future - saving you loads of cash, not to mention time & stress!

    New Dates for all Workshops coming soon,

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    To book please use the calendar below by hovering on the top right side of the calendar then skipping to the date listed for this workshop, once you click on the date you can choose the time below it and pay securely using Paypal or a bank card - You do not need a Paypal account. You can book as many workshops as you like at once, and book for multiple people at once  by adding them to your basket and checking out for all your tickets at once. I can't wait to meet you! To view the Salvage Sister's Privacy Policy please click here.  
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  • Update your old plastic light fittings with this Pendant Bottle kit - for quality retro style, using the bottle of your choice! It's an easy way to make a pendant light in a bottle like a mini chandelier. This kit is for wiring into the mains either in your ceiling or on your wall, if you're looking for lamp making kits with a plug and a switch click here. A fab little DIY pendant lighting kit that comes with all these components and more;
    • LED vintage style light bulb (This is a non-dimmer bulb)
    • Quality metal lamp holder - in your choice of finish
    • 1 meter of fabric three core flex in your choice of colour (add extra with the drop down menu)
    • Ceiling rose in colour to match your lampholder.
    • Flex grips in colour to match your rose & lampholder
    • Fittings required to fix lampholder inside a bottle.
    • All fittings are 3 core and manufactured to British Safety standard BS163
    • Step by step instructions download - use on any electronic device & scroll as you create.
    You add the bottle! It's a kit of lighting parts that have been tried, tested and specially sourced for you - so you can concentrate on making beautiful lighting, safe in the knowledge that the Salvage Sister has done all the leg work to find you British Safety standard parts that all work perfectly together. If you've ever tried making a pendant light before you will know how incredibly frustrating it is to find that half your parts don't work with the other parts, or you have muddled up 2 and 3 core wires, or the threads don't match! So here it is - the answer you've been waiting for at a really decent price. You can use this kit to update old plastic ceiling rose and light fittings to create beautiful feature lighting on your ceiling or wall.  You will also receive the parts to harness your lamp fittings in the bottle of your choice so your bottle will hang as a lamp shade over your bulb. The lamp fittings can be secured in the neck or base of the bottle (depending on your requirements) using the threaded hollow rod & a variety of fixings included. Included in the kit are all the components needed to create a lamp, plus the fittings to house them inside any bottle safely. Designed to hold a single bottle, choose from a wine bottle, spirit bottle, beer bottle or champagne! Make sure your bottle is not heavier than 1kg, this kit is designed to be used with a bottle of under 1000g/1kg - most standard bottles are between 200g & 600g. Need to cut your bottle? Check out my bottle cutter kit get 10% off when you buy any of my bottle lamp kits with my bottle cutter kit - use code 'BottleFun10' at check out with both items in the basket to redeem. I have given you plenty of scope for using a wide range of different shape & size bottles, dependant on what size/type of bottle you are using, you may need to cut down your hollow threaded tube. We advise doing this for the best aesthetic finish. (Cutting the thread bar down is super quick & easy with a metal hacksaw, you can always reuse the leftovers for another lamp). Check out the images to see some of the lamps made with this kit and samples from the instructions. Full instructions are provided with detailed imagery of the step by step process to guide you seamlessly through this exciting build - download the instructions on purchase, the lamp kit will be with you in a few days. If you are looking for Bottle lamp kits that come with with a plug and switch click here, this kit comes with a ceiling rose and attachments meant for wiring into the mains - if you are unsure please check the images & contact me if you need assistance. Need to cut your bottle? Check out my bottle cutter kit get 10% off when you buy any of my bottle lamp kits with my bottle cutter kit - use code 'BottleFun10' at check out with both items in the basket to redeem. I offer a range of lamp making kits including my 'jam jar lamp kit' and my 'Turn anything into a lamp' kit, we only use my DIY kits at my lamp making workshops, I have helped hundreds of people create awe inspiring lamps - just add your own unique item to make a fabulous one of a kind lamp. Inspiration After being asked repeatedly over the years how to make various upcycled lamps safely I decided I had to source all the parts you need to make awesome lamps and create a instruction manuals because there were too many people to help and only one of me! Technical specification All parts are made to British Standard and are made with 3 cores- Live, Neutral and Earth for UK mains electricity - meaning they are earthed. Earthing a lamp is crucial when using metal lamp holders. When you purchase your lamp kits you will also receive a downloadable step by step guide with everything you need to know to make amazing lamps yourself at home. The downloads are designed to save paper and should be used on any tablet, making it easy to scroll through the directions at your own pace as you build your lamp. Kits are designed to be used by adults, anyone under the age of 18 must be supervised by an adult. Tools are not included - you will need a set of small screwdrivers, Stanley blade, wire strippers & electrical tape. All of these items can be sourced economically from your local DIY store & used over & over again. ETA - Download is available immediately upon full payment, lamp kit will be posted out the next day & usually arrive in 2-5 days depending upon post service, outside mainland UK & at busy times of the year please allow a week. Postage of this item to mainland UK is £2.99  Shipping is calculated at checkout - discounts automatically calculated for multiple purchases. I ship to The USA, Australia, Spain, France, Germany, Ireland and British Highlands and Islands - if your location is not listed please contact me and I will add it for you. Why not gift this kit? Last minute presents have never been so creative! When 'local collection' is applied instead of paying postage; Your item will usually be ready for collection from Brighton Woodstore the Friday morning following the day the order was made (Orders must be made by midday on Thursday for collection the next day - after midday Thursday your order will be ready the following Friday. Please do not leave your orders onsite for more than 7 days) Your item will be ready for collection at; The WoodStore  Elder Place,  Brighton  BN1 4GY  Your item can be collected during the Woodstore’s business hours; Monday to Saturday 9.00 - 17.30     Sunday 11.00 - 16.00 Open Bank Holidays 11.00 - 16.00
  • Bottle Cutter Instructions download

    £5.99
    The easiest way to cut glass bottles perfectly straight every time is to use the Salvage Sister Bottle cutting kit & my instructional download which you can use on any tablet or electronic device & scroll as you learn. This guide was designed with the environment in mind, use on any tablet or electronic device as you create. Please think before printing to save paper & resources For my 'BOTTLE CUTTING' kit. This download comes free with my Bottle Cutting kit, if you do not have a bottle cutting kit you will need to purchase this download. If you are not sure which kit you have check the name on the box & view the images in this listing to match it up. My kits are designed for use by a competent adult of over 18 year of age. Keep parts out of reach of children. © Salvage Sister™ 2019  All images & information within my downloads are the property of the Salvage Sister™   
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  • Learn how to make your own lamp in Brighton, & get enlightened with The Salvage Sister!

    You'll learn everything you need to know to create beautiful, awe inspiring lighting yourself at my lamp making workshop. The Salvage Sister has made many lamps throughout her career, many of them made in front of a camera for television shows like 'Fill Your House for Free' on Channel 4 and 'The New Reclaimers' on UKTV. Now The Salvage Sister will teach you how to make your own lamp out of just about anything in this live workshop class at Brighton Woodstore in the heart of this vibrant City! During this 4.5 hour workshop you will learn the skills needed to create your very own electric lamp, and you will take what you make home on the day! You will learn how to prepare and wire a lamp safely, you have a choice of which lamp to make - you can bring something with you that you would like to make into a lamp, or make a lamp using a jam jar which will be available on the day. You can contact The Salvage Sister to discuss this if you are unsure which options you prefer. All the lamp fittings you need to create your lamp will be provided on the day, including a low energy filament bulb. The course price is for you to create one lamp or jam jar light, if you wish to make more than one you can purchase an extra lamp kit on the day. You can now purchase gift cards for the amount of your choosing which the receiver can put towards any Salvage Sister product or workshop!

    New Dates for all Workshops coming soon,

    We have several new venues...

    Check the ‘Workshop’ tab for news & make sure you’re on my mailing list so you get updates & news straight to your mailbox! My  Terms and conditions have changed - by booking this workshop you agree to be bound by them so please check them out.

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    To book please use the calendar below by hovering on the top right side of the calendar then skipping to the date listed for this workshop, once you click on the date you can choose the time below it and pay securely using Paypal or with a bank card - You do not need a Paypal account. You can book as many workshops as you like at once, and book for multiple people at once  by adding them to your basket and checking out for all your tickets at once. I can't wait to meet you! To view the Salvage Sister's Privacy Policy please click here.    
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  • Make your own jam jar lamp with this super easy instruction download! Every step is explained in great detail with corresponding images over 18 pages. Useful for the absolute beginner or inquisitive lamp maker. Full page on lamp safety & what parts and tools to use. Various tips and tricks for a neat, professional lamp build. You get this download free with purchases of my 'Jam Jar lamp kit' so be sure you don't need lamp parts too before purchasing this. See the images for examples of the content. These instructions are designed to be used by a competent adult of 18+, children must be supervised. Never leave small parts within reach of children under 3 years old. Written & designed by Charis Williams - all electrical components are 3 core, earthed and manufactured to British Standard 163. Item is downloadable upon payment. Send me images of your completed projects for sharing on social media :) Various tips and tricks for a neat, professional lamp build. You get this download free with purchases of my 'Jam Jar lamp kit' so be sure you don't need lamp parts too before purchasing this. See the images for examples of the content. These instructions are designed to be used by a competent adult of 18+, children must be supervised. Instructions are written & designed by Charis Williams Item is downloadable upon payment. Enjoy creating! Send me your completed lamp images for a chance to be shared online, find links to my social media in the footer and header of this website.
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  • This is a step by step tutorial download for making a lamp in a bottle with a plug and switch. For my 'BOTTLE LAMP' kit. If you are not sure which kit you have, check the name on the box & view the images in this listing to match it up. These instructions are for my Bottle Lamp kit with a plug and switch. My kits are designed for use by a competent adult of over 18 year of age. Keep parts out of reach of children. © Salvage Sister™ 2019  All images & information within my downloads are the property of the Salvage Sister™   
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