Transforming Ceramic Plates Into Lovely Jewellery

Susan Goode
by Susan Goode
2 Materials
1 Hour

I am really attracted to the vintage patterns and designs on ceramic from yester year and so when I was given a lot of broken china crockery I was so happy to try and make some nice items to wear and gift.

Cutting china

I use wheeled tile nippers to cut and shape the ceramic pieces easily into jewellery shapes always remembering to wear eye goggles for protection against splinters of flying china.

Wheeled tile nippers

I choose a few pieces to make into brooch shapes florals people and patterns I like and next step is to sand smooth the rough edges with a mini hand held rotary drill. I use a carbide stone sanding wheel attachment.

Sanding the china

It’s a nice process to transform into nice smooth tactile pretty jewellery item. Perfect for gifting unique family heirlooms and often granny’s china can be remembered into keepsakes.

I sand a patch on the back of the china to allow the pin to stick well.

Sanding the china

I then start to glue a brooch pin to the back of the ceramic. This is by using two part epoxy resin which is like a super glue for ceramics . Mixing two equal parts thoroughly ans smearing it on to the brooch pin and back and holding it in place .

Two part epoxy resin

It dries very quickly and soon the pin will be set hard and ready to wear.

Brooch pin

I’m so pleased at the result. Such a unique piece that’s great to wear or gift.

Ceramic brooch
Ceramic brooch
Suggested materials:
  • Mini hand drill   (Amazon)
  • Brooch pin   (Amazon)

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