How to Create One of a Kind Earrings From Vintage Crockery

Susan Goode
by Susan Goode
3 Materials
1 Hour

I love to recycle things and make eco friendly jewellery and when I saw these lovely old ceramic crockery pieces all broken chipped and discarded I set to work to transform and salvage.

Old crockery

I love to capture the pretty designs on the cups and plates which are works of art. Using wheeled tile nippers I cut into the china to make some tough shapes that seem usable. Of course always wear protective eye goggles to stop accidents with flying china shards.

Wheeled tile nippers

I cut several options on various plates and look for where the pretty patterns or flowers stand out and look like they will make nice earrings.


I use a rotary mini sander to smooth the rough edges of the china and create a shape too . using a face mask helps inhalation of dust.

I use also a mini drill with diamond tip drill piece to cut a hole in the top.

Drilling hole

It takes time to push through the bone china and slowly does it. Water helps keep tip of the drill cool.

The next step is to assemble earrings with silver jump rings. Round nosed pliers help with this job and I open the rings and ease them through the holes.

Round nosed pliers

The little rings now ready for attaching sterling silver ear hooks on .

Attaching jump rings

And now the earrings are ready to wear proudly. So unique 💙

China teacup earrings
Suggested materials:
  • Wheeled tile nippers   (Amazon)
  • Rotary hand sander   (Amazon)
  • Rotary hand drill   (Amazon)

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