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Don’t Throw Out That Broken Dish

If you have ever accidentally broken a favorite glass piece or heirloom dish, it can be frustrating and it may be first instinct to just throw it away.

However, there are actually many things that can be done to recycle glass, porcelain, ceramic and china pieces that will enable them to be cherished in a new way.

Often containing intricate designs, decorative glass pieces can be displayed in homemade jewelry. Artists are able to create beautiful items from materials like broken china.

You don’t have to be a professional jewelry maker to do this, though. Check out this tutorial for a how-to on upcycling broken china. With a dremel rotary tool, grinding stone attachment and protective eyewear you can make your own.

Broken glass, ceramics, porcelain and china can also be used to update areas in the home. Creating a mosaic backsplash, tabletop or tray is a decorative way to reuse broken plates and dishes. Also they can be adhered around mirrors or photograph frames, or in a larger project like a do it yourself flooring layout.

This unique floor was made from numerous pieces and is a one of a kind presentation.

Don’t Throw Out That Broken Dish

Image source: The Dove Studio from flickr.com/photos/28717669@N04

Furniture can also be given an update with old broken glass and dishes, like in this gorgeous dresser.

Don’t Throw Out That Broken Dish

Image source: picassiette.com

Artists like Li Xiaofeng take reusing broken porcelain pieces to the next level. His forming of fused bits creates intricate fashion displays.

His works have also been on exhibit in fashion shows, like this mosaic dress made from broken china.

Don’t Throw Out That Broken Dish

Image source: edge.neocha.com

Cleo Mussi is another mosaic artist who specializes in reclaimed ceramics. Her items often use pieces that have been passed down to family members and hold special memories of people and events.

Don’t Throw Out That Broken Dish

Image source: mussimosaics.co.uk/index.php

Don’t Throw Out That Broken Dish
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A lifetime project of putting recycled shards to work to design his beautiful estate, Raymonde Isidore created La Maison Picassiette. The family home, garden and surrounding landscape took decades to complete. Then end result is an unbelievable presentation of mosaic artwork that will be appreciated for generations.

Don’t Throw Out That Broken Dish

Image source: Raymonde Isidore from thejoyofshards.co.uk/picassiette

Don’t Throw Out That Broken Dish

Image source: Raymonde Isidore from thejoyofshards.co.uk/picassiette

Making creative use of broken items and fragments can lead to original pieces.

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