How to Make Jewelry From Broken Dishes

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When heirloom china pieces or dishes with sentimental value break, making jewelry from the shards preserves the pieces for the future and keeps them close to the owner's heart. Creating wearable items from the pieces of unusual dishes that have broken recycles the dishes and makes an unusual personalized gift or collectible item. Regardless of the piece of jewelry that results, prep the broken pieces for use in jewelry making using the similar basic steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Tile cutter
  • Tile mortar or cement
  • Jewelry findings
  • Jewelry wire
  • Wire cutter
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Trim the dish shards using a tile cutter, little by little, until the piece is the size and shape you desire.

  • Apply a small amount of tile mortar to the inside of the jewelry setting you want to use.

  • Press the trimmed piece of broken dish into the mortar. Immediately wipe away any excess mortar from the outside of the jewelry finding. Wait for the mortar to set according to manufacturer's time recommendation.

  • Repeat the process for any additional dish shards you want in the jewelry.

  • Thread the jewelry wire into the opening of the jewelry setting or finding. Form a ring around the end of the needle-nosed pliers with the wire. Trim the wire. Crimp the two ends of the wire ring together with the needle-nosed pliers to secure the ring.

  • Slide the set dish shard on the wire ring onto a chain as a pendant, or onto a beaded bracelet as a charm, or slide it onto ear an ear wire to create an earring.

Tips & Warnings

  • Create a ring with your pieces of dish shards by applying the mortar into a ring mounting. Push the piece of dish into the mortar and allow it to set. Use needle-nosed pliers to bend the ring setting's prongs around the mortared dish shard.
  • Avoid ruining your favorite broken dish pieces by practicing with the tile cutter on a piece you don't intend to use before trying it on the vital pieces. Tile cutters can trim or splice pottery pieces in harsh, unpredictable cuts which can divide or destroy your favorite bits of pattern.

References

  • "Your Guide to Creativity", Beverly Rivers
  • Photo Credit Liquidlibrary/liquidlibrary/Getty Images
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