Whenever I am using glue to anchor an eyepin into a top-drilled jewelry component, I grab my dried rice, pour it into an appropriate-sized container, and set the piece in there so I can keep on going. Try it; this works really well!
When making a necklace or bracelet as a gift (or for yourself!), you can achieve a professional effect and practical function by adding 8-10 (or however many you want) jump rings on the end of one side of the strand opposite the clasp. This allows the wearer to adjust the length of the necklace or bracelet, especially nice for aligning a necklace to different necklines.
Then, for a really nice, finished look, place something decorative at the end of the jump rings. In my photo, I've used jewelry wire to create a crystal and silver bead ornament for the end of my jump rings on a red crystal necklace.
Source: My own idea, but I was inspired by various jewelry catalogs including Sunset.
Recycling is such a beautiful thing. I save bits and pieces of things, and eventually find a use for them. If you don't have something you need, check your local thrift store also. They are treasure troves for finding things you need, for very little money. I used just a few links of broken chains and added them to each of these earrings that I made. It pays to save.
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