After the materials are sorted and assessed, RJM works with jewelers in the community to remake the newly "mined" materials into new jewelry! A collaborative work space is designated during an RJM installment. Within this space jewelers exchange ideas and techniques as part of the creative process. Demonstrations and critiques alongside video screenings round out the educational process and allow for discussions about ethical sourcing, sustainability, and wise studio practices.
Remaking jewelry requires jewelers to exercise experimentation, ingenuity, and innovation; the materials that are recycled are difficult to work with due to their often strong aesthetic and style qualities, and their lack of strength and durability. A goal of RJM is to help makers produce jewelry that can go back into the world and compete against conventional jewelry. Jewelers are asked to consider what will happen when their work reenters the RJM food chain, becoming a part of the unwanted reuse pile. With the support and structure of an RJM installment, jewelers are able to make amazing new jewelry.