How to Make a Pendant From Old Plates

Susan Goode
by Susan Goode
2 Materials
50 Minutes

I’m so keen to stop all our vintage crockery from going into landfill. So when I got offered this lot of broken china crockery tableware, I jumped at chance to salvage and repurpose.

Broken china

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I use wheeled tile nippers to cut into smaller shapes that I can then sand smooth into jewellery pieces. Eye worn goggles for protection as lots of splinters flying around.(


I use a carbide grinding stone suitable for smoothing ceramic and wear mask for protection of dust inhalation. Keep smoothing around edges until it’s the shape you want.


Next it’s time to drill a little hole into the china ready for the silver bail fixing. I use a diamond tipped drill piece and take it slow to cut through. Water helps to keep the tip from over heating and burning.

Adding bail

Once home is right size it’s time to fix a bail into the hole for the chain. I use round nosed pliers and stronger pliers to secure the prongs tight shut into hole.


I Thread my choice of a sterling silver box chain through and hey presto it’s ready to wear gift love!

Crockery Pendant
Suggested materials:
  • Sterling silver chain   (Amazon)
  • Silver bail for necklace   (Amazon)

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  • Mary Njus Mary Njus on Apr 19, 2024

    What a great way to share a piece of crock or china piece amongst family members. I had broken blue willow would have loved to have used it for this. TFS!!!