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Monday, 2 January 2012

Jewellery Made From a Broken China Cup or Plate

I have always been a huge fan of the work by Marjorie and her Cracked Plate Jewellery. I have great admiration for her ability to take a broken shard of a decorated plate, china, porcelain or ceramic and turn the item into a piece of art. A china plate or teacup is often an extremely sentimental item and one that may have shared many happy times (especially when involved with slices of cake and cups of tea!). So to accidentally chip or break a piece of china can be devastating to the owner.

No longer does a cracked piece of broken china need to be thrown away. Marjorie expertly wire wraps the piece of china and the results are stunning.

Marjorie’s Cracked Plate Jewellery

Marjorie also shares my enthusiasm in creating custom jewellery for people who want to preserve memories of loved ones. This leads me to a recent custom jewellery commission that I had and one that led me to contact Marjorie and in turn write this plog post.

I was contacted just before Christmas by a lady who wanted a special Christmas present making for her Mother. Her Mother had recently broken her favourite china cup and the lady had managed to retain a few fragments of the cup. Initially I thought that the ideal solution would be to have them formed into one of Marjorie’s creations and even suggested this to her. However the china fragments were extremely small and far too small to be wire wrapped.

Broken China Cup Jewellery

I set the three china pieces that the lady sent to me within a teardrop shaped resin pendant and coloured the background green. I was very pleased how it turned out and I am sure it was a lovely surprise when it was opened on Christmas day.

I hope that everybody has a happy and healthy New Year and I look forward to sharing more of my jewellery making journey with you in 2012.



  1. Thanks for sharing Marjorie's work, I like the piece you made with the tiny fragments too, captured them perfectly.
    Happy 2012!
    Deb x

  2. What lovely pieces - I agree that something as simple as a piece of china can have such sentimentality & to be able to preserve it forever is very special indeed.

    Happy New Year Mick - Hope 2012 is a great one for you.

    Ali x

  3. For a moment there I thought you had made the first one.

    Another lovely momento Mick, sure the lady will have loved it.

  4. Thank you all for your lovely comments and I wish you all well for 2012!


  5. Something like this could make a family heirloom gift for a wedding couple. Of course you'd have to actually have a broken dish, or break one, which may be a flaw in my logic (lol). But still sounds neat to get something like this from parents or grandparents as a wedding gift.

    1. That is a lovely idea and I am sure one that would go down well for a Greek wedding...don't they have a tradition of smashing plates!