How to Create Some Eco Friendly Unique Earrings

Susan Goode
by Susan Goode
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Being Eco friendly by recycling unwanted ceramics and transforming pieces of vintage china into jewellery is a big passion of mine . So working with old and broken is what I’m sharing on this tutorial with you .

Old broken ceramic

Choosing designs and pieces that hold lovely patterns is the hardest part and with so many creative decisions to make I finally choose and begin to cut with wheeled tile nippers for a pair of earrings.

Cutting china

Wheeled tile nippers are easy to use and as always it’s good to protect eyes with safety goggles.

I keep snipping away till I get pieces that are well shaped and similar size.

Shaping china pieces

On to the next step which is to sand and smooth the rough edges. I use a sanding attachment grind stone wheel fixed onto a small rotary hand drill.

Sanding the china smooth

Next is to drill some holes into the china to make way for the jump rings and silver ear hooks .

Mini drill

it takes slow patience for holes to drill all the way through the ceramic and I use a diamond tipped drill piece in water to cool the tip and help it to last longer and stay sharper. Drill in for five and out rest for five works well. Slowly it creates a neat hole.

Next it’s time to assemble the earrings with jump rings. I find round nosed pliers are best as it makes the job easier with fiddly pieces.

Round nosed pliers

I’m so happy with the finished earrings. So unique and ideal to gift.

Vintage ceramic earrings
Vintage ceramic earrings
Suggested materials:
  • Round nosed pliers   (Amazon)
  • Rotary hand drill   (Amazon)

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