How to Create a One of a Kind Vintage Ceramic Pendant Necklace

Susan Goode
by Susan Goode
2 Materials
1 Hour

I adore vintage ceramics and the charity shops and car boot sales are full of beautiful designs that may otherwise go in to landfill. I received as a freebie this box of treasures and wanted to create a special pendant necklace as a keepsake gift.

Old ceramic

I use wheeled tile nippers to cut through the ceramic it makes the job of breaking easy! I keep cutting and nibble away at the china so I can get the desired shape.

Wheeled tile nippers

After I’ve got the rough shape it’s time to sand the raw edges smooth so it feels nice and can be worn safely.

I prefer to use a carbide stone wheel attachment to a rotary hand drill.

Sanding edges

It starts to come together and I see my little ceramic butterfly pendant beginning to come to life and take shape.

I choose a sterling silver snake chain to hang the pendant on which needs a bail to connect it to.

i use a drill with a diamond tip point to cut a hole into the ceramic. This is a slow process which I keep the tip cool by dipping it in and out of water.

Drilling a hole

Once the hole is done it’s a silver bail which fits into the holes and pliers to pinch it snug .

Now all that remains is to thread chain onto the pretty ceramic.

What a gorgeous keepsake.

Butterfly pendant
Butterfly ceramic pendant
Suggested materials:
  • Wheeled tile nippers   (Amazon)
  • Silver chain   (Amazon)

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  • Janice Janice on Jul 03, 2022

    That's SO pretty! I don't know how to use (or buy) those tools but I love recycled ceramics so I just may have to learn! Thanks for sharing!

    • Susan Goode Susan Goode on Jul 04, 2022

      Thanks so much and I do video online tutorials too so get. In touch if you’d like to learn with me.