When I first started making jewelry years ago, I bought findings which I subsequently found difficult to use. It is really tough to compress down the last coil on ready made coiled cord ends. The reason is they are made from memory wire and you know how hard that is to work with.

So rather than waste them, I trimmed off the loop end to turn these coil ends into simple beads. As you can see I added them to my cord necklace which has a beautiful sterling silver labradorite pendant - a Christmas gift a couple of years ago. 

By the way, I was rather pleased with this photograph as it is the first time I managed to capture the characteristic inner blue flash of the gemstone (see my past post on the legend of labradorite).

I now use the fold-over type of cord ends or make my own coiled ends from softer metals.

Do you have any repurposing tips to share?

Original Post by THE BEADING GEM
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