How to Create a Beautiful Pendant From Broken China

Susan Goode
by Susan Goode
2 Materials
40 Minutes

Up cycling Queen I’m often called as I can’t bear to see old pretty items go into waste or be forgotten and left unloved. So with this box of old crockery donated to me I found so much to transform into jewellery keepsakes.

Old china

Pendants are what I’m focussed on today and I use wheeled tile nippers to break through and shape the crockery easily. Eye goggles to be worn to protect against flying china.

Wheeled tile nippers

I love the vintage pretty florals on teacups and plates from the 50’s and 60’s and they really make unique pieces to treasure and gift.


Next I drill a little

hole into the top of the piece ready for fixings. The diamond tipped drill piece helps to cut through it and water keeps the tip cool .


I use a mini sanding carbide stone attachment to smooth edges and shape the china pendant. Mask on to protect dust inhalation.

Choosing a bail

The bail of choice goes in to the hole and I pinch it shut with a pair of pliers.

Pinch shut

Choosing a bail with the right sized prongs is best so it fit snuggly.

Then thread a sterling silver snake chain on to the bail. And then it’s ready to wear or gift!

Pendant necklace from old china
Suggested materials:
  • Tile nippers   (Amazon)
  • Silver chain   (Amazon)

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