Ideas for Jewelry Made Using Broken Chinaware?

by Rob
(Cle Elum, WA)

Do you have any ideas for jewelry made using broken chinaware patterned pieces?

I have recently been combing an antique dumpsite and found many pounds of patterned china broken into small and large pieces. I know people use them for mosaic art, but they beg to be released into their china heaven as eye catching jewelry. Any ideas on how to utilize them?

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Regarding using broken chinaware
by: lisa lee

There is a jewellery designer here in Brisbane (Australia) who uses broken Royal Albert tea cups in her necklaces. She drills a hole in the pieces and adds them to "charm" type necklaces. I think her name is Lynda Holt.

Hope this helps.

Broken China (shard) jewelry
by: Brenda

I'm assuming that you don't do fabrication so as to make a pendant with silver plate and solder. I took a polymer clay class once and we made faux shard jewelry by covering the edges of the clay pieces with gold foil and drilling a hole for hanging as earring and pendant. DIY net has an article on making the real thing and they use Delta Renaissance Foil (gold) and foil to cover edges - sounds the same. Anyway -
here's the link,
another example here

See some beautiful solder examples on these sites:
dishfunctional designs
enchanted designs

You can also find advice from a Yahoo group called
Treasurechinagroup who's mission is to talk about about making jewelry from old china. Sounds like your kinda place :-) I just went to yahoo groups and searched on "broken china jewelry". You'll probably find more help than you can imagine.

You could also use a simple wire wrap cage technique or a boarder wrap to enclose the pieces.
Youtube has an example

Good luck

by: Christine

Thanks so much Brenda- those resources are awesome.

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