How to Make a Pair of China Earrings From Old Cups

Susan Goode
by Susan Goode
2 Materials
1 Hour

I love to upcycle old worn out crockery and preserve the designs as much as I can. This box of donated vintage china was a treasure trove to work with.

Old crockery

I cut the designs using wheeled tile nippers and always remember eye goggles for protection.

Wheeled tile nippers

I shape some pieces into earring pairs off similar shapes then use a mini hand sander to smooth edges and make more the size I want. Using dust mask important when sanding.

Sanding the edges

I also cut a little hole into the china with a diamond tipped drill piece ready to take the hook and ring.


It takes some slow patience to get hole all the way through but water helps keep the tip cool.

I then use the round nosed pliers to help with assembly of earrings now. I get the little silver jump rings and prize them open to feed into the holes then pinch tight shut together. I prefer sterling silver ear hooks to prevent irritation.

Adding jump rings

Attach ear hooks with the help of round nosed pliers secure firmly.

I love how these little blue teacups and plates end up as dan unique earrings.

Ceramic earrings
Suggested materials:
  • Round nosed pliers   (Amazon)
  • Mini sander drill   (Amazon)

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