I hate wasting things, and that includes my time. So, sometimes when experiments go wrong, I am able to salvage parts to be used in another project. I am not talking about using parts of vintage jewelry and old beads here. (although I do plenty of that!) I am talking about using a leftover component that didn't work in one design, or was just leftover from one piece, and using it in another.
For example: This was a leftover component from a large piece I am making for a FMG contest. It is composed of a bunch of these smaller pieces, and I got carried away and made way too many. So this little necklace used up one of those components.
This one is a special order necklace I recently made. I made the neckchain and decided it was a little clunky for the size of the pendant. So I made this chain instead. It's a little hard to tell in the picture, but it has smaller beads.
Which left me with an extra neckchain. So I decided to use the first one in a little bit bigger necklace. Turns out, the customer preferred the second one and purchased it!
This necklace was all about leftovers. I had all these little cabochons and over the course of about 5 years I would make a few more and set them aside. I wasn't quite sure what I would ever do with them, until I brought them out and played with them a bit.
Then of course I had a few pieces leftover, so I made a bracelet!! (but there weren't enough for earrings!)
Last year I entered this piece in a contest.
Do you remember the "Australian Wedding Piece"? (no, she never sent pictures!!) I used a lot of leftovers from that! Most of them were experimental components that didn't pan out in the original piece.
Here are a few of the leftover pieces- there actually are lots more!
So, save your leftovers- you never know how you will be able to use them. And the good thing is, they have a really long shelf life! I have never had to throw one out because it was growing a nice crop of mold!!