How to Make a Beautiful Vintage Brooch Pin From Old Cups!

Susan Goode
by Susan Goode
3 Materials
1 Hour

I love to create new unique environmentally friendly jewellery and this bunch of crockery given to me was crying out for some super creations!

Old crockery

Using wheeled tile nippers and wearing eye protective goggles I set about cutting up some ceramic pieces I feel would make some delightful brooches.

Cutting ceramic

It takes time to nibble gently into a shape that you feel works. This red old Carlton ware crockery really looks beautiful and I love to preserve it for future generations.


I begin using a hand drill with grinding stone wheel attachment. It is great for smoothing edges and sides but be careful and wear a face mask so not to breath in dust.

I also sand a patch on the reverse ready to fit the brooch pin on to as it sticks better if it’s rough.

Sand reverse side

Next when it’s all smooth I mix two part epoxy resin glue which hardens very fast. I use a small metal brooch pin that is right size so as to not be seen from front. Glue onto ceramic and pin and place in position.

Glue Brooch pin

Once it’s dry in about an hour it’s ready to

wear! Love it!

Vintage Ceramic Brooch pin
Vintage ceramic brooch pin
Suggested materials:
  • Epoxy resin glue   (Amazon)
  • Wheeled tile nippers   (Amazon)
  • Mini rotary drill with sander   (Amazon)

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