Sometimes local second hand shops sell bags of jewellery that has sat on the shelves for a long time and not sold. Some of the jewellery is danaged, some isn't. I like to take apart the damaged jewellery and use as many of the bits to make new items.
These lovely painted blue beads came from a necklace that was mostly made of cloves! Originally I'd tried to incorporate them into a beaded lanyard but I didn't like the designs I was incorporating them into so instead I matched them with some smaller blue beads from my stash and made two pairs of earrings and a pendant. (The earring hooks are brand new and nickel-free.)
here and the other earrings here.
I also recently added a new beaded lanyard to the shop here.